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  • How Valuable is Laboratory Medicine? And How Can We Measure It?

    Sep 23, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    As laboratory professionals in this current climate of change we must prove we are worthy. Not only must we expand our repertoire and generate invaluable expertise, but we must educate the rest of the medical community on the contribution we can make to diagnostics, assisting with therapeutic decision making, and monitoring disease progression and therapeutic efficacy. Laboratory Medicine (LM) is vital to healthcare. But with the complexity of healthcare systems increasing, and the array of laboratory tests to choose from expanding, it is more important than ever before that clinical information and laboratory data is integrated, is of the highest quality possible, and most important of all, is accessible. But how do we do this…? Read more about Mauro Panteghini’s perspective in his paper ‘The Future of Laboratory Medicine: Understanding the New Pressures’.
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  • In/Appropriate Laboratory Test Utilization

    Sep 16, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    For years there has been a concern surrounding the overutilization and underutilization of laboratory tests ordered, collectively termed inappropriate utilization. This is one of the key factors in cost management and optimizing patient care. Although some strategies have been put in place to manage this difficulty they’re not always sustainable and can be highly resource intensive.
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  • Profit Center to Critical Cost Center

    Sep 09, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    As the American healthcare service transitions from a fee-for-service healthcare model to a value-based system, methods of calculating laboratories Return on Investment (ROI) are changing. Whilst internal laboratories provide clinical data pinpointing early, accurate diagnosis, deliver screening tests required for preventative care, and monitor disease progression and treatment efficacy, this all comes at a cost to the institution and the patient. However, can outsourcing this work truly save costs and improve patient care? Or can we find ways to do this within our internal laboratories? We take a closer look at Kim Futrell’s white paper, ‘The Value of the Laboratory in the New Healthcare Model.'
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  • No Practice Standards for Medical Training of Laboratory Medicine Directors

    Sep 03, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    There are no international standards regarding the medical training of those directing laboratory medicine (LM) laboratories. With a severe lack of congruence amongst laboratories across the globe as to the direction of LM, we must try to come to a conclusion regarding the necessity for physicians to be taking the reins in laboratories.
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  • ASCP 2013 Chicago Examines Best Practices to Obtain and Diagnose High Quality Biopsy Specimens

    Aug 28, 2013
    • Community Experience
    A single broken link in the gathering and testing of a high quality biopsy can significantly affect the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with cancer. The challenges of gathering, processing, and transporting a high quality biopsy for determining a diagnosis of breast cancer will be the focus of a special three-part educational series at ASCP 2013 Chicago, Sept. 18–21.
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  • Upcoming Conference in Croatia

    Aug 14, 2013
    • Community Experience
    Interested in laboratory diagnostics? Check out the upcoming 5th Croatian Congress of Laboratory Diagnostics (with international participation) running over Sept. 22–25, 2013, at the Solaris Beach Resort, Sibenik, Croatia.
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  • Reducing Blood Draw with Automated Sampling

    Aug 13, 2013
    • Drive for Innovation and 'Smarter' Diagnostics
    With ICU patients expecting to lose over a litre of blood to clinical sampling over the course of a single stay, reducing the volume of blood draw for clinical tests can have a significant impact on patient welfare. A recent article ‘Blood Sample Processing: Clinical Perspectives on Recent Developments in Technology and Laboratory Operations’ addresses the issue of how automated sampling can help maintain accurate analysis while reducing blood sample volume.
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  • Motivations for Entering Public Health

    Aug 12, 2013
    • Work Culture and Career Choices
    How do you make the decision to go into public health? For Royden Saah the events of the September 11 attacks on New York made the decision for him.
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  • New Clinical Lung Cancer Program Rolled Out Across Europe

    Aug 09, 2013
    • Community Experience
    Pharmaceutical company Pfizer are to fund a new non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) clinical program, “EnGAging, an Interdisciplinary Team for NSCLC Diagnosis, Personalized Assessment and Treatment (GAIN): A European Initiative,” within Europe following a successful year’s trial in the United States. The program, a collaboration among several clinical groups including the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), aims to identify the best methods to evaluate patients suspected to have NSCLC and apply them within the Europe Union.
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  • Gram Stain Identification for the non-Microbiologist

    Aug 08, 2013
    • Drive for Innovation and 'Smarter' Diagnostics
    For the untrained, non-microbiologist Gram stain identification can be notoriously difficult. Traditionally, the multiple observations and judgements required to derive an accurate reading are developed over years of training and professional experience. However with pressure for laboratories to increase output, untrained laboratory technologists are increasingly being asked to undertake Gram stain analysis
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