Molecular Information Management Systems (MIMS) Are Newest Tools to Help Clinical Laboratories Perform and Report Molecular and Genetic Test Results

Some experts consider MIMS to be the classic LIS on steroids because they are designed to handle the vast amounts of data generated by the latest generation of genetic tests Steady improvements to next-generation genetic sequencing, lab-on-a-chip technologies, and lab automation are triggering substantial increases in the volume of data generated at medical laboratories and pathology groups. The future of personalized medicine lies just as much in the analysis of the data generated by these...

Multi-Modality Diagnosis Is New Trend That Integrates Imaging and Lab Testing

Today Dark Daily wants to introduce you to the emerging medical discipline of “multi-modality diagnosis.” Advances in genetics and molecular technologies are actively breaking down the traditional scope of practice for several medical specialists. At ground zero in this new area of medicine are pathology and radiology. Multi-modality diagnosis can be defined in a simple manner. It is the use of several different types of clinical data-in an integrated fashion-to make a diagnosis....

Top Ten Lab Industry Stories for 2008 Announced by The Dark Report

It’s no surprise that topping The Dark Report’s list of Top Ten Most Important Stories of 2008 for the laboratory industry is the successful repeal of the Medicare Part B Laboratory Services Competitive Bidding Demonstration Project. Across the nation, labs feared the consequences were federal health officials to have implemented the flawed scheme that was scheduled to commence in the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos SMA (statistical metropolitan area) by July 1, 2008. Our list of the...

Invivo and In Vitro Integration Unfolding at UCLA Laboratories

California is often a national leader for innovations in managed care contracting, as well as new approaches for delivering healthcare. So when your Dark Daily editor visited the laboratory at the UCLA Medical Center this week, he was quite curious about the ways in which clinical laboratory testing and anatomic pathology services are being used at this respected national academic center. For one thing, UCLA has recently moved into a brand new hospital building. The Ronald Reagan Medical...

Lab Industry Entrepreneur Launches New Lab to Offer Molecular Tests to Dentists

For the third time in the past ten years, laboratory industry entrepreneur Brian Carr is heading up a new laboratory company he helped found. Earlier this week, OralDNALabs, Inc. of Brentwood, Tennessee, announced it was open for business. Carr will be its President and Chief Executive Officer. OralDNALabs has a unique strategy. It plans to offer genetic tests to dentists. It is starting with two proprietary molecular assays. One test, MyPerioPath, uses DNA to identify both the presence and...
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