US Preventative Services Task Force Study Finds Evidence of Benefits to Vitamin D Screening in Asymptomatic Adults is ‘Inconclusive’

New USPSTF guidelines suggest reducing the volume of Vitamin D deficiency testing in the general population, which could reduce revenue for clinical laboratories From 2005 to 2011, the volume of clinical laboratory tests for Vitamin D soared nationally as more doctors tested more patients for Vitamin D deficiency. This became a major source of revenue growth for many clinical laboratories performing those tests. But at least a portion of lab revenue associated with Vitamin D testing may be in...

Direct-to-Consumer Lab Test Start-Up EverlyWell Puts Clinical Laboratory Tests on Shelves at CVS and Target

If direct-to-consumer testing continues to attract healthcare consumers and financial investors, medical laboratories could have a new source of revenue Many have tried but few have found the right formula to offer medical laboratory tests directly to consumers. Direct-to-consumer lab testing as a robust business model has been an elusive goal. But now one entrepreneur wants to crack this market and just attracted $50 million in venture capital to fund her idea! Outsiders often establish...

Cue’s Smartphone Device Intended to Give Consumers an Inexpensive Way to Perform Certain Medical Laboratory Tests at Home

Company says it will offer five diagnostic tests that are useful to the public and some of these tests are among the highest volume tests performed by clinical labs Heading to market is another device that works with a smartphone to provide consumers with a way to perform five popular medical laboratory tests. The product was developed by Cue, Inc., which describes itself as an entrepreneurial mobile diagnostics developer. Cue is an at-home lab test device targeted at consumers. It will be...

Why Vitamin D Continues to Be the World’s Fastest-Growing Clinical Laboratory Test

February 24 Audio Conference will cover the A-to-Z of Vitamin 25(OH) D Testing Clinical laboratory testing for Vitamin 25(OH) D continues to the fastest-growing test on the medical laboratory menu, in the United States and other developed nations around the globe. Over the past four years, the steady increase in physician and patient demand for Vitamin D tests has kept most pathology laboratories scrambling to maintain turnaround times and quality. To help laboratories understand and respond...

Second National Journalism Award Goes to The Dark Report and Robert Michel

Best Investigative Reporting honors earned for story about problems with Vitamin D testing Top honors in a prestigious national journalism competition were recently awarded to our sister publication, The Dark Report. Editor-In-Chief Robert L. Michel traveled to Washington, DC, to accept the first place award for “Best Investigative Reporting.” The occasion was the 33rd annual conference of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA). Handing Editor Robert Michel his first place...
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