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ASCP and USCAP Join Forces to Provide Groundbreaking Physician Education
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) recently announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding education for pathologists and pathology residents.Canada and many states in the United States require continuing medical education (CME) for medical professionals to maintain their licenses. CME includes educational activities which serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills, professional ...
Posted on: August 28, 2014
Sekisui Diagnostics Offers Leading Cholesterol Assays
The Ultra N-geneous HDL cholesterol assay offered by Sekisui Diagnostics is a liquid stable, ready to use reagent that has been proven as the performance leader in HDL cholesterol testing. In an independent study the reagent demonstrated outstanding performance amongst 7 direct methods. The assay is easy to use requiring no additional preparation, and is supported by the availability of applications parameters for a wide range of clinical chemistry instruments. The N-geneous LDL cholesterol assay ...
Posted on: August 27, 2014
New Clinical Informatics Curriculum Prepares Future Pathologists
Widespread adoption of the electronic health record (EHR), spurred in large part by meaningful use and related federal programs, is changing the way health care providers interact with laboratory information. Now, more than ever, pathologists need to be well-versed in the field of clinical informatics in order to deliver high quality and cost-effective patient care.To address the educational needs of pathologists in this evolving health care landscape, the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the ...
Posted on: August 27, 2014
Kalorama Report Says In Vitro Diagnostic Market Reaches $54.6 Billion
The world market for diagnostics is estimated at $54.6 billion in 2013, according to Kalorama Information. The market is expected to grow 4% annually and reach $65 billion by 2018. This includes all laboratory and hospital-based products, and OTC product sales. Kalorama revealed the market estimates in its biennial survey of the IVD industry, The Worldwide Market for In Vitro Diagnostic Tests, 9th Edition.The survey can be obtained ...
Posted on: August 26, 2014
Hamilton Scientific Acquires Assets of DS&D Laboratory Business
Hamilton Scientific recently announced that it has acquired the assets of the laboratory business of Dancker, Sellew and Douglas (DS&D) based in Somerville, N.J. DS&D is a long-standing dealer partner for Hamilton Scientific. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.The company will be renamed Laboratory Solutions of the Atlantic and will remain in central New Jersey.Hamilton Scientific, acquired by OpenGate in 2012, is a leading manufacturer of laboratory furniture and fume hoods for the ...
Posted on: August 25, 2014
Efforts to Cut Unnecessary Blood Testing Bring Major Decreases in Health Care Spending
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges.The team provided information and education to physicians about proven testing guidelines and made changes to the computerized provider order entry system at the medical center, part of the Johns Hopkins Health System. The guidelines call for more limited use ...
Posted on: August 24, 2014
Study: More than 80% of Patients with Diabetes Risk Missed by Traditional Testing
Comprehensive biomarker testing of insulin resistance and pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction identifies diabetes risk earlier than current glycemia-based approaches, according to a new peer-reviewed study published online in the Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research.The study from researchers at Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. assessed 1,687 patients at risk for cardiovascular disease under routine clinical care with a comprehensive panel of biomarkers related to insulin resistance (IR), ...
Posted on: August 22, 2014
Orchard Copia 6.0 Expands Laboratory Outreach with Web-based Connectivity and EHR Integration
For laboratory outreach service, EHR connectivity and web-based access for remote order entry and result delivery is a necessary component for success and revenue growth. The recent release of Orchard Copia version 6.0 incorporates a wide array of new features to enhance the versatility of Orchard's Internet browser-based outreach and EHR integration tool.Orchard Copia is a SQL-based, Lab/EHR integration engine designed for complex outreach business scenarios like those found in hospitals and independent ...
Posted on: August 21, 2014
Olympus Adds New Features to Inspector Series Software
An advanced image analysis software system that helps turn Olympus microscopes into high-performance analysis stations, OLYMPUS Inspector Series software provides users with accurate, reproducible particle size and distribution data. In response to increasing requirements for particle counting and cleanliness inspection, Olympus recently launched Inspector Series 5.64, which includes all-new versions of OLYMPUS Filter Inspector (automated filter membrane residue analysis), OLYMPUS Particle Inspector ...
Posted on: August 20, 2014
Future of Healthcare Pay-for-Performance Model Thrown into Doubt
The effectiveness of the widespread use of pay-for-performance models in hospitals has been thrown into doubt by new research revealing reductions in patient death rates are just a short-term effect.Researchers followed up an initial study of 24 hospitals in the north west of England that found it had reduced the number of deaths by 890 in the first 18 months of a pay-for-performance scheme being introduced.But two years later the model's impact on improving figures for in-hospital deaths within 30 ...
Posted on: August 19, 2014
MedMira Expands Multiplo Product Range with Three New Rapid Vertical Flow Tests
MedMira Inc. is expanding its Multiplo product line with the addition of three new multiplex tests that deliver instant, simultaneous, single-cartridge results for syphilis (TP), HIV and hepatitis C. The new tests being added to the product range include Multiplo TP/nTP, which detects both active and historic syphilis infections, Multiplo TP/HIV/nTP, and Multiplo TP/HIV/HCV, which simultaneously detects syphilis, HIV and hepatitis C.The full Multiplo line is now available in international ...
Posted on: August 18, 2014
New Research Leads to New Tests and Targeted Treatments for Young Patients with Crohn's Disease
Specific types of bacteria and accompanying gene expression patterns in the small intestine affect the development and progression of inflammatory bowel (IBD) diseases in children, according to research sponsored by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).The identification of specific bacterial populations and a core gene signature associated with Crohn's disease may also open the way to new molecular-level diagnostic tests, more relevant disease classification systems, and possibly even ...
Posted on: August 18, 2014
Newborn Screening Now in 21 States for Life-Threatening Immune Disease
With the recent addition of newborn screening for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) in New Jersey and Illinois, approximately two-thirds of all babies born in the U.S. will be screened for this deadly disease.SCID is a primary immunodeficiency disease where affected infants lack the T-cells and antibody immunity that help fight infections from a wide array of viruses, bacteria and fungi, leaving these infants susceptible to serious, life-threatening infections. SCID is often referred to as the ...
Posted on: August 17, 2014
IDology Partners with XIFIN to Help Labs Meet CLIA Compliance and Provide Patients Secure Access to Results
IDology, Inc., a leading provider of identity verification and anti-fraud tools, has been selected by XIFIN, Inc., a leading provider of financial and health economic optimization solutions for diagnostic service providers, to offer IDology's ExpectID identity verification solution as an app on the XIFIN iNet patient portal platform.XIFIN, processing more than 200 million claims per year through its flagship revenue performance management solution, uses the IDology app to allow patient ...
Posted on: August 15, 2014
New FlashTaq from Empirical Bioscience Offers Specificity and Stability for PCR
Empirical Bioscience, (formerly known as Syzygy Biotech), a company that produces high-grade PCR reagents and enzymes, announced that it has introduced FlashTaq Hot-Start Taq DNA Polymerase, a chemically-modified Taq polymerase designed to reduce non-specific amplification in PCR. The enzyme offers, fewer contamination issues and fast activation time.Under standard hot start conditions it can be activated and the enzyme recovers both 5'-3' polymerase and 5'-exonuclease activities within two minutes versus ...
Posted on: August 14, 2014