Thermo Fisher Trumped by Merck KGaA’s $7.2 Billion Bid to Acquire Millipore

Clinical Pathology Laboratory Customers of Millipore Not Likely to See Many Changes It only took a few days for Millipore Corporation (NYSE: MIL) to find a buyer willing to outbid Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO). Millipore agreed to be acquired by Merck KGaA (FWB: MRK) of Darmstadt, Germany. Merck will pay about $7.2 billion for Millipore, which tops a reported bid of $6 billion made by Thermo Fisher last week. Because many clinical pathology laboratories use Millipore’s water...

Adoption of EMRs Creates Demand for New Healthcare Job of “Scribes”

Clinical pathology laboratories may soon handle lab test orders entered by scribes on behalf of physicians Along with the growing adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems comes robust demand for a new healthcare job: scribes! That is a bit ironic, since many advocates of EMRs believed that physicians would do the primary entry. In fact, the acronym CPOE (computerized physician order entry) was coined to describe this process. The trend of hiring scribes to interpose between...

Pathologists Pay Heed! New Spectroscopy Technique May Make Prostate Biopsy Obsolete

Mass General researchers use metabolomic imaging to accurately diagnose tumors Pathology laboratories may soon find it possible to identify prostate cancer without a biopsy. A new technology under development at Massachusetts General Hospital demonstrates the potential to improve the accuracy of prostate cancer diagnosis. Some studies have demonstrated that nearly a quarter of initial biopsies of the prostate gland may generate false-negative results because the biopsy specimen failed to...

Company Brags About “the Largest Pathology Image” of Breast Cancer Tissue

Image is 142,603 by 105,000 pixels in size (or 41.8GB) and was scanned at a 1μm pixel resolution Is it the largest pathology image ever produced? In an article, the journal BioOptics World reports that a breast tissue image may in fact be the largest digital pathology image ever produced. The image was produced by the TISSUEscope 4000 from Biomedical Photometrics Inc. (BPI) of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The image is available online at http://www.confocal.com/ABOUT/Human_Breast-H&E.html....

Congress Expands Role of Internal Revenue Service in Big Health Bill

Pathologists and clinical laboratories can expect a new type of federal oversight One consequence following passage of the massive health bill now being considered by Congress is a significant expansion in the role of the Internal Revenue Service for certain healthcare activities. So writes Phil Galewitz and Christopher Weaver of Kaiser Health News about developments that are not auspicious for pathology and clinical laboratory testing. They note that the job of enforcing the legislative...
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