UCLA’s Ozcan Labs Develops Portable Smartphone DNA Detection System That Performs as well as Clinical Laboratory Testing

Mobile point-of-care (POC) smartphone-based nucleic acid assay allows for quick turn arounds and accurate information in any healthcare setting, including resource limited and remote environments  DNA detection might soon be accomplished with the use of a smartphone. That’s the goal of a research effort at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). If this effort succeeds, it would give medical laboratories a new tool to use in genetic testing. Clinical laboratory equipment is becoming...

Medical Laboratories, Hospitals, Doctors Turn to Zero-Interest Loans and Other Financing Options to Help Patients Pay Out-of-Pocket Medical Bills

To help patients pay their clinical laboratory test bills, Sonora Quest Laboratories partners with CarePayment to provide patients with no-interest loans With tens of millions of Americans now covered by a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), hospitals, physicians, and clinical laboratories now share a common problem: how to collect the full amount due for a patient who may have an annual deductible of $5,000 (individual) or $10,000 (family). This is a significant problem for healthcare...

Five Reasons Why Retail Clinics Are a “Game-Changing” Threat to Traditional Healthcare Providers That Could Strain Clinical Laboratories and Pathologists

Research conducted by Kalorama suggests the popularity of retail clinics represents a trend towards newer healthcare models that challenge existing models of care, and which could severely impact hospitals, clinical laboratories, and pathology groups In recent years, pathologists and medical laboratory managers have watched as retail clinics housed in drug and grocery stores became a go-to service for healthcare customers seeking relief from minor illnesses. However, to market research company...

Blockchain Technology Could Impact How Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Exchange Lab Test Data

Insurers might use blockchain technology to enable instantaneous verification and interoperability of healthcare records, which could impact clinical laboratory payment systems Medical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are keenly aware that connected, secure, interoperable health records are critical to smooth, efficient workflows. However, the current often dysfunctional state of health information technology (HIT) in America’s healthcare system often disrupts the security and...

Jet Hand Dryers are Less Hygienic than Paper Towels, Study Says, and Can Spread Viruses Up to Nine Feet; Clinical Laboratories Particularly Susceptible to Airborne Contaminants

High-powered hand dryers, like those used in public restrooms, are the latest targets in pursuit of cleanliness in public and medical environments Microbiologists and clinical laboratory scientists will be fascinated by the findings of a research study into a method of hand drying that the study scientists described as like “virus hand grenades.” If these findings are confirmed by other studies, it may lead to changes in how hand washing stations in hospitals and medical laboratories are...
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