Immunoassay and Infectious Disease Analyzers Evaluated during Use by Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Industrial engineering firm issues “Consumer Report”-type assessment of mid-volume, automated IA and ID analyzer systems It’s not often that pathologists and clinical laboratory managers can access a Consumer Reports-type of comparison of laboratory analyzers as they prepare to purchase new diagnostic systems. In the case of mid-volume analyzers for immunoassy (IA) and infectious disease (ID) testing, such a report is now available—and it is immediately available on the Web. The report is...

New Managed Care Contract Opportunity for Clinical Labs and Pathology Groups

As health insurers build patient-friendly web sites, they now want all the lab test data For laboratories wanting to contract with managed care plans, it will soon be “all about the data.” In upcoming contract renewal talks, expect health insurers to have a keen interest in working specifically with those clinical laboratories and pathology groups which can interface and electronically provide lab test data. Dark Daily is first to identify this important development. It creates an opportunity...

Laboratory Outreach Program Flourishes at Evanston Hospital

Across the country, many hospital laboratory outreach programs continue to grow and prosper, despite a sour economy and higher rates of unemployment. That’s true in Chicago’s northern suburb of Evanston, Illinois, where the laboratory outreach program of Evanston Hospital enjoys solid rates of growth in specimen volume and revenue. This week, Dark Daily visited Evanston Hospital and spent time with Thomas A.Victor, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and...

Making Managers in Your Laboratory More Productive and More Effective

Today’s most innovative clinical laboratories and pathology labs are tapping a powerful resource to achieve world-class outcomes-their managers! In response to a variety of market forces, laboratory administrators and medical directors are turning their attention toward encouraging more productivity and achievement from managers at all levels in their laboratory. “This is an emerging trend,” stated Jeff Smith, Vice-President of Leadership Development for Slone Partners of...

Kaizen Events Catch on with Labs and Hospitals Using Lean & Six Sigma

Kaizen events are winning favor in a growing number of laboratories and hospitals. These events-typically several days to one week in duration-provide a simple, fast platform to drive significant improvement in clinical services and operational performance. At the Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) in Charlotte, North Carolina, the laboratory used a Kaizen event to implement major improvements specifically to the laboratory outreach intake operations in the pre-analytical area of the lab....
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