In the Field, Clinical Laboratory Specimen Transportation is Being Complicated by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lab leaders who adopt best practices in courier services will help ensure their lab’s supply chains remain secure Hospital and health systems using courier services to transport patients’ biological specimens from doctors’ offices and other locations to clinical laboratories for testing and reporting are finding those services delayed or disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Limited office hours, closed physician practices, and the need for drivers to take time for symptom checking on...

AdventHealth Gives 10,000 Floridians Free Genetic Tests, Sees Genomics as the Future of Precision Medicine

Many other healthcare systems also are partnering with private genetic testing companies to pursue research that drive precision medicine goals It is certainly unusual when a major health network announces that it will give away free genetic tests to 10,000 of its patients as a way to lay the foundation to expand clinical services involving precision medicine. However, pathologists and clinical laboratory managers should consider this free genetic testing program to be the latest marketplace...

Repositioning the Clinical Laboratory as a Strategic Pillar of the Value-Based Healthcare Organization, Consistent with Clinical Lab 2.0

Panel of experts in healthcare and the clinical laboratory market identify key trends and discuss how innovative medical laboratories are adding value—and getting paid for that value Effective clinical laboratory leadership in today’s value-based healthcare system means demonstrating value within an integrated delivery network. After all, as fee-for-service payment for clinical lab tests gives way to value-added reimbursement arrangements, all medical laboratories will need to justify their...

Wearable Health-Monitoring Devices Could Alter Traditional Role of Pathologists as Gatekeepers of Medical Laboratory Test Data

Consumers embrace wearable health-monitoring technology as developers find new ways to transfer collected health data directly into patient records Traditionally, medical laboratories have been the gatekeepers for the lab test data of most patients. After all, it is regularly said that 70% or more of a patient’s permanent health record is made up of clinical laboratory test data. However, several market forces are at play that could eat away at the long-standing role of medical laboratories as...

Texas Section of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry Hosts All-Star Line-up of Clinical Laboratory Experts to Share Successes at Improving Lab Test Utilization

Innovative medical laboratories are developing ways to deliver more value to physicians ordering and using lab tests TEMPLE, TEXAS—Changes now happening to healthcare and the practice of medical laboratory medicine were upfront and personal here during last Friday’s meeting of the Texas Section of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC). An impressive crowd of more than 120 pathologists, Ph.D.s, and clinical laboratory professionals were present to learn from an all-star panel of...
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