Solutions to the Problems of Rural Hospitals Must Address the Need for Adequate Clinical Laboratory and Anatomic Pathology Testing Services

One idea proving attractive to health policymakers is putting a hybrid model into rural towns that includes a freestanding emergency department and primary care Times are tough for rural hospitals and officials in many states are looking at new models for healthcare delivery in rural areas. Anatomic pathology groups with contracts to serve rural hospitals will be affected by any changes in how rural hospitals are funded and operated. One suggested approach to replace the existing community...

Unexpected Discovery of Source of Lethal, Antibiotic-Resistant Strain of E. Coli Could Lead to New Medical Laboratory Tests and Preventative Treatment

Research breakthrough heralded as key insight that can lead to more accurate clinical laboratory tests and more effective antibiotics for treating E. Coli infections Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria are one of healthcare’s biggest threats to patient safety and improved patient outcomes. Now advanced gene sequencing has given researchers a startling new understanding of how Escherichia coli (E. coli) has developed resistance to antibiotics. This discovery may have a major impact on...

Academic Pathologists at the University of Minnesota Developing for Innovative Ways to Add Value for Patients Using Advanced Expertise in Clinical Pathology Test Services

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota is anticipating new clinical and operational needs of physicians practicing in ACOs and medical homes MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—Academic pathology departments are facing a host of challenges as a direct result of the rapid pace of change happening today in the U.S. healthcare system. Some challenges are financial because of reduced funding. Other challenges are clinical or due to the formation of ACOs and similar types...

Fast Growth in Real and “Virtual” Biobanks May be Revenue Opportunity for Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Biobanking is now a $7.9 billion industry and demand for specimens is skyrocketing Biobanking is going big time! VisionGain estimates that biobanking is now a $7.9 billion industry. That’s a revenue number that should interest pathologists and clinical laboratory managers, since their organizations access large volumes of patient specimens every year. As one source of human specimens, both clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups have an opportunity to participate in biobanking...