Do or Die: Clinical Laboratories Must Invest to Build Up LIS-EMR Interfaces with Physicians’ Offices

Experts predict a surge in the number of physicians using electronic medical record systems By dangling as much as $20 billion in front of physicians to encourage their adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems during the next few years, Congress has created a new and expensive challenge for the nation’s clinical laboratories. That challenge is the need for every pathology laboratory to establish a high-function interface from its LIS to the office-based physician’s EMR. According to...

Pathology Laboratories Take Steps to Bring Web 2.0 Functions into Digital Pathology

Enriched exchange of digital pathology images and clinical knowledge is the goal Digital scanning and digital pathology systems represent a major transformational force in the field of anatomic pathology. Momentum in favor of wider adoption by pathologists and pathology laboratories continues to build, reinforced, in part, by an interesting new development, which one pathologist calls “Pathology 2.0.” Pathology 2.0 describes how Web 2.0 functions can be integrated with digital imaging and...

Pathology Laboratory in an Ingestible Pill? Not Yet, But Maybe Sooner than You Think

Proteus Biomedical, Inc. prepares to launch a “smart pill” to remotely monitor how medication affects patients. If some experts are correct, it won’t take long to create ingestible devices that are capable of conducting clinical laboratory tests within the body. These devices would transmit the laboratory test results to physicians over the Internet by using wireless technology. As soon as 2011, Proteus Medical, Inc., of Redwood City, California, says it expects to introduce an ingestible...

Clinical Laboratory Innovators Gathering for “Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine 2010” on January 26-27, 2010

U.K.’s most popular pathology laboratory management event set for January 26-27, 2010 in Birmingham In the United Kingdom and Europe, pathology and clinical laboratory services are transforming at a steady rate. This is particularly true in the England, where the National Health Service (NHS) is actively emphasizing earlier diagnosis and intervention and chronic disease management in primary care by general practitioners. In turn, pathology laboratories in that country are aligning laboratory...

The Joint Commission Explains Patient Identification Requirement Changes

Response to comments from Dennis Ernst of the Center for Phlebotomy Education Recently Dark Daily alerted clinical laboratory readers to a decision by The Joint Commission to change their requirements for patient identification. Included was the opinion of Dennis Ernst,  MT(ASCP), long time Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, that The Joint Commission’s decision to change patient identification requirements was a step backwards in patient safety. (See Dark Daily, “Joint Commission...
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