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  • 30th Anniversary of the Japanese Society of TDM in Kumamoto

    Aug 01, 2013
    • Community Experience
    The Japanese Society of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring celebrated its 30th anniversary during the annual meeting in Kumamoto in May 2013. The main theme of this meeting was “TDM—new challenges.” The Congress president, Professor Sumio Hirata, and his excellent team had put together an outstanding program covering relevant recent developments in this field.
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  • Becoming Lean and Mean

    Jul 31, 2013
    • Evidence of Clinical Value

    “Health care is a political football in the United States,” said Robert L. Michel, Editor-in-Chief of The Dark Report and Founder of the Executive War College conference. “Your labs need a strategy to support clinicians and to thrive as the marketplace changes from doctors in private practice to physician employees.”

    Mr Michel launched the 18th Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management, April 30–May 1, in New Orleans, USA, by strenuously urging the lab management attendees to demonstrate the value of lab testing to physicians and patients by supporting integrated care models such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and improving patient outcomes. “Your lab needs to emulate the best hospitals, which are reducing costs, decreasing infections, and saving money,” he said. “Be the lab that delivers the best value and arrange to collaborate with other medical labs to further reduce your costs and enhance your efficiency.”

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  • Urine and Drugs of Abuse

    Jul 30, 2013
    • Drive for Innovation and 'Smarter' Diagnostics

    Some 24 million urine tests for drugs of abuse were carried out in the US in 1994 at a cost of $1.2 billion. These figures have continued to rise to the present day, highlighting this area as vital clinical lab work. But how should labs balance the challenging medical, legal, and financial factors involved in drugs of abuse screening? Gifford Lum and Barry Mushlin provide a guide for determining the drugs to test, the protocols for screening and confirmation plus the analytical methodologies to employ …

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  • Exchanging Experience in Germany

    Jul 29, 2013
    • Disease State Management | Patient Pathways

    Labs Are Vital presented three distinct visions of the future of lab medicine, at a workshop hosted at The German Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Annual Conference in 2012. Three world-renowned experts delivered presentations on the push toward preventative medicine in Germany, the impact of sweeping changes to the NHS in the UK, and the new cycle of innovation set to revolutionize lab medicine. A lively Q&A followed, as delegates highlighted the importance of lab medicine to the future of healthcare …

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  • Arsenic, mercury, and mandrake root: The true contents of “old-world” medicines

    Jul 26, 2013
    • Ensuring Patient Safety

    Today, modern technology can precisely check the ingredients in the medicines and remedies we take. People living 300 years ago were not so fortunate. But a team of chemists in the United States has examined the ingredients of 50 “old-world” medicines, and found that these cures often contained unsavory and even poisonous ingredients …

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  • How Well Paid Are You?

    Jul 25, 2013
    • Evidence of Clinical Value

    Every two years, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) surveys the US clinical laboratory workforce to identify where the shortages in the nation’s workforce lie. In 2010, they surveyed more than 10,000 lab workers from a range of different settings to see how their pay varied. Find out how your wages compare …

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  • £15,000 Research Prize Awarded in Milan

    Jul 24, 2013
    • Evidence of Clinical Value

    Labs Are Vital headed to Italy this May to present the 2013 EFCC-Labs Are Vital Award for Excellence in Outcomes Research Laboratory Medicine at the 2013 IFCC/EuroMedLab congress in Milan. This year’s winner was presented with a commemorative certificate as well as a €15,000 prize.

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  • CCGs and the Overhaul of NHS Pathology

    Jul 23, 2013
    • Ensuring Patient Safety

    Throughout 2012, dramatic changes were proposed to the way that pathology services would be commissioned in the UK. From April 2013, these proposals have been implemented. Primary Care Trusts, who were previously responsible determining care budgets and making local commissioning decisions, were replaced with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Crucially all services, including pathology, will now be put out to competitive tender, with groups bidding to become providers. However, there are some concerns that these changes will lead to a drastic fall in standards …

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  • The Importance of Informatics

    Jul 22, 2013
    • Barbara S. Caldwell, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSH
    • Community Experience

    Chair of the ASCP Council of Laboratory Professionals Barbara S. Caldwell explores the importance of informatics to the modern US laboratory, with a cautionary tale from her own experiences ….

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  • The Future of Laboratory Medicine Discussed at 30th IFBLS World Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science

    Jul 19, 2013
    • Community Experience

    Labs Are Vital offered an inspiring look into the future of laboratory medicine, in a workshop held at the International Federation of Biomedical Science (IFBLS) 30th World Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science last year. Introduced by Dr Graham Beastall, President, International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and Chair, UK Labs Are VitalExecutive Committee, the successful event welcomed more than 70 participants …

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