As WHO Declares Flu Pandemic, Public Health Lab Trainers Gather in Orlando

Public health lab training professionals expanding educational offerings for lab industry It was inspired timing last week that brought together the nation’s public health laboratory training professionals in Orlando, Florida, just as the World Health Organization (WHO) announced its decision on Thursday to declare influenza A/H1N1 as the first influenza pandemic in 41 years. This conference was organized by the National Laboratory Training Network (NLTN), in association with the Association...

It’s Official: WHO Declares Swine Flu Pandemic

Clinical laboratory managers should be planning for a busy flu season this fall Yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared that A/H1N1 influenza (swine flu) is a global pandemic. This is the first such flu pandemic in 41 years. The announcement was not a surprise, since it was know that WHO was prepared to make this declaration weeks ago. But objections from several countries that such a declaration might trigger civil unrest and economic disruption caused WHO to defer...

Wall Street Journal Headline: “Staff Shortages in Labs May Put Patients at Risk”

Influenza Outbreak Calls Attention to Shortage of Medical Technologists, other lab staff It took the threat of an influenza pandemic recently to get at least one news reporter to realize the shortage of medical laboratory technicians has reached epidemic proportions. While the recent outbreak of A/H1N1 influenza turned out to be a dress rehearsal, it inspired Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter Laura Landro to focus on the critical role played by medical technologists, clinical laboratory...

Laboratory/Pathology Mergers & Acquisitions: Buyers Still Quite Interested

What is my lab worth? That’s the question every laboratory seller wants to know! Despite an economy in recession, laboratory buyers remain bullish on the financial fortunes of clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology companies. The lack of publicly-announced acquisitions during 2009 masks the fact that lots of conversations are happening between lab buyers and lab owners. Why such interest? On the buyer side, private equity companies and buyers are convinced that the demographics of...

More Doctors Consider Concierge Medicine as Healthcare Reform Looms

Concern about lower reimbursement sparks MD interest in concierge practice model Fear about the far-reaching consequences of healthcare reform-and the potential for dramatic reductions in physician reimbursement-has triggered a surge in physician participation in concierge medicine. Concierge medicine, sometimes also called boutique medicine, has been around since 1996. However, with healthcare reform now eminent, more doctors are choosing this option. A New York Times article published in...
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