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...

Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) Pushed by Hospital Members to Deliver More Value

Hospital laboratories may find GPOs respond by contracting with more vendors to expand choices of products Major changes are unfolding in the world of group purchasing organizations (GPOs). As healthcare’s transformation shifts the clinical and financial emphasis of hospitals, health systems, and other providers, these institutions are changing their relationship with GPOs. In turn, such trends mean changes in the GPO contracts available to hospital laboratories. In the United States, every...
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