Human Salivary Proteome Wiki Developed at University of Buffalo May Provide Biomarkers for New Diagnostic Tools and Medical Laboratory Tests

Proteins in human saliva make up its proteome and may be the key to new, precision medicine diagnostics that would give clinical pathologists new capabilities to identify disease Clinical pathologists may soon have an array of new precision medicine diagnostic tools based on peoples’ saliva. There are an increasing number of “-omes” that can be the source of useful diagnostic biomarkers for developing clinical laboratory tests. The latest is the world’s first saliva protein biome wiki. Called...

McKinsey & Co. Study Says Health Reform Law May Cause 30% of Employers to Drop Healthcare Benefit Programs

Obamacare reforms scheduled for 2014 may have negative financial impact for pathology groups and clinical laboratories It was not welcome news to many healthcare policymakers when McKinsey & Company released the findings of a survey that indicated that as many as 30% of employers were likely to cease offering health insurance coverage to employees when certain mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect in 2014. Criticism of the McKinsey study was swift, and newspapers and...

World’s Largest Food Company Spends $567 Million to Buy into Pathology Laboratory Testing and Pharmaceuticals

Nestlé says its Prometheus Laboratory acquisition will help it develop products for patients with metabolic conditions and to promote brain health When it comes to the brave new world of genetics in pathology and clinical laboratory testing, such terms as pharmacogenomics, companion diagnostics, and personalized medicine have been coined to describe the intersection of genetic testing and molecular diagnostics with emerging medical practice. Now the world’s largest food company is putting...

UPMC to Use Digital Pathology Imaging to Provide Anatomic Pathology Consulting Services to China

Second-opinion consults will be handled by UPMC’s sub-specialist pathologists Here’s a unique anatomic pathology collaboration that crosses international borders and will utilize state-of-the-art digital pathology technology to support subspecialty pathologist consultations between the United States and China. In recent weeks, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) disclosed that it will provide a range of healthcare services to what is only described as “the largest pathology...

Canadian Province of Ontario Makes Progress on Standardizing EORLA’s 19 Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Regional laboratory network wants to standardize lab test menus, methods, and LIS In Canada’s Ontario Province, an ambitious effort to create a single, multi-site regional clinical pathology laboratory system is moving forward. Called the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association, Inc., (EORLA), it involves the clinical laboratories of 19 hospitals. EORLA’s current clinical goals and business objectives reflect the experience of almost 25 years of laboratory cost-cutting and...
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