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Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups

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From Digital Pathology to Clinical Laboratory Automation, White Papers Are Available for Medical Laboratory Professionals

New resource library on clinical pathology laboratory management can be accessed via Web

There is a new resource library for clinical laboratory managers and pathologists that contains White Papers on contemporary topics involving clinical laboratory management, pathology administration, and the medical laboratory testing marketplace. This White Paper library is hosted at and is a useful new information resource for the clinical laboratory profession.

The White Paper resource library is another example of how the Internet and Web 2.0 creates new educational opportunities for medical laboratory professionals and pathologists. The White Papers on clinical laboratory and pathology topics can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Each White Paper can be downloaded immediately as a PDF.


Meet the Nation’s Top 10 Healthcare Systems for Quality

Advanced use of EHRs is one characteristic of nation’s quality leaders

It’s a new study and ranking of top-performing health systems that Dark Daily readers will find interesting and useful. Thomson Reuters announced its latest Top 10 rankings, and identified three main ingredients for attaining higher-quality outcomes. They were: 1) a corporate-level coordinating committee; 2) ample involvement in planning from front-line caregivers; and a system-wide electronic health record system (EHR).

Thomson-Reuters evaluated 252 health systems, representing 1,720 hospitals. Its findings were published exclusively in Modern Healthcare. Its rating was based on five clinical performance measures: mortality, complications, patient safety, length-of-stay and use of evidence-based medicine. No attempt was made to measure financial performance. The health systems study used 2007 information from two public databases, the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare.

Raising the Performance Bar for Hospital Infection Control

As more attention is paid to reducing the number of healthcare-associated infections (HIAs), hospitals and health systems respond with proactive programs to eliminate many obvious sources of such infections. In turn, this affects hospital laboratories, since they play a key role in every hospital’s infection control program.

The basic statistics are stunning. Hospital-acquired infections (HIAs) affect nearly 2 million Americans annually, resulting in 90,000 deaths and up to $6.5 billion in extra costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).


Your New Resource for Everything Useful in Lab and Pathology Management

With this first Dark Daily briefing, we have launched a new resource for laboratory administrators, pathologists, practice administrators, and anyone working in the laboratory industry. Dark Daily’s goal is to provide you with useful information that helps you better manage your laboratory, as well as develop your own effectiveness.

Each quick-to-read, incisive briefing will give you valuable insights. Some days we may cover breaking news that affects you and your laboratory organization. Other times, your Dark Daily will alert you to a useful management innovation or technique that you can use to make a positive difference. Of course, each Dark Daily briefing electronically delivered to you will have that unique perspective that has made The Dark Report the premier source of business intelligence for the laboratory industry’s most successful leaders, pathologists, and managers.

On your Dark Daily team is Robert L. Michel and Sylvia Christensen. They collaborate on every word you’ll read and their objective is to provide you with the information resource you’ve long wanted—but could never find. In fact, Dark Daily exists because so many of you asked us for a regular, electronic delivery of timely news, analysis, and management advances in clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology.

You have our promise that each Dark Daily briefing will prove useful to you. You are likely to find your personal perspective on important issues is strengthened because Dark Daily provides you with context and analysis that is difficult to find in sources besides The Dark Report.

Now, to keep our promise of brevity, it is time to close. You are welcome to contact Robert ( and Sylvia ( any time. Let us know when we’ve provided you with something particularly useful. Alert us to stories or events that you want us to cover. And, if you disagree with our views, feel free to fire off an email and tell us what you think!

Yours truly,

Robert & Sylvia