Systemic Errors at Canadian Forensic Laboratory Motherisk Make National News and Provide another Example of Consumer Interest in Accuracy of Clinical Laboratory Testing

Investigations find hair-strand analysis at hospital-based laboratory was ‘inadequate and unreliable’ for tests performed over a period lasting five years or more Another case of a medical laboratory that produced inaccurate test results for an extended period of time has been making headlines in Canada. It demonstrates, once again, that both the news media and consumers are keenly interested in stories involving systemic lab test errors that could possibly lead to patient harm. In this...

Canada’s Clinical Pathology Laboratory Leaders to Discuss Trends of Lab Consolidation, Care Integration, and Genetic Testing during a Time of Shrinking Lab Budgets

Across the nation, resources to support medical laboratory testing are dwindling even as physicians order more tests and labs must spend to acquire new diagnostic technologies Canada’s clinical laboratory testing marketplace has just undergone another wave of consolidation among independent medical laboratory companies that has eliminated major lab test providers in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. But that’s just one trend in a nation where successive budget-cutting initiatives...
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