Gene Sequencing of COVID-19 Outbreak in Minnesota School System Guides Public Health Officials in Slowing Spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus
Data was used to create a transmission map that tracked the spread of infections among school athletes and helped public health officials determine where best to disrupt exposure Genomic sequencing played a major role in tracking a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in a Minnesota school system. Understanding how and where the coronavirus was spreading helped local officials […] The post Gene Sequencing of COVID-19 Outbreak in Minnesota School System Guides Public Health Officials in Slowing Spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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South Korean Telecommunications Partner with Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Companies to Send Test Results to Consumers ’ Mobile Devices
As consumer demand increases for medical laboratory testing services that bypass the supervision of primary care doctors, clinical laboratories may be affected Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing organizations and telecommunications companies in South Korea are collaborating to help consumers stay informed of their health status by sending lab test results directly to their mobile devices without […] The post South Korean Telecommunications Partner with Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Companies to Send Test Results to Consumers’ Mobile Devices appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Medscape Report on Physician Salaries in 2020 Shows Pathologists at Middle in Pay, but Near Top in Job Satisfaction
Though pathology salaries rank 16th among 29 medical specialties, it is in the top 10 among specialties that attract women and respondents say that comes with a lot of paperwork Despite “hardships” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, 18,000 physicians in more than 29 medical specialties who participated in Medscape’s 2021 Physician Compensation Report said […] The post Medscape Report on Physician Salaries in 2020 Shows Pathologists at Middle in Pay, but Near Top in Job Satisfaction appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Hospital-based Clinical Laboratory Scientist is Suing Her Former Employer After Being Fired Due to Long-Haul COVID-19 Illness
Medical laboratory employee alleges healthcare system discriminated based on her medical condition, failed to accommodate her disability, then retaliated and created hostile working conditions What is a clinical laboratory’s obligation when an employee is infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and does not make a speedy recovery? Medical laboratory executives should ponder this question now that […] The post Hospital-based Clinical Laboratory Scientist is Suing Her Former Employer After Being Fired Due to Long-Haul COVID-19 Illness appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Walmart to Open 4,000 Healthcare ‘Supercenters’ by 2029 That Include ‘Comprehensive’ Clinical Laboratory Services
With the majority of Americans living just a few miles from a Walmart, how might independent clinical laboratories compete? Retail giant Walmart (NYSE:WMT) plans to install 4,000 primary care “supercenters” in stores by 2029 that will include clinical laboratory testing services. This is on top of the dozens of Walmart Health locations already in operation […] The post Walmart to Open 4,000 Healthcare ‘Supercenters’ by 2029 That Include ‘Comprehensive’ Clinical Laboratory Services appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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COVID-19 Pandemic Tied to Historically Low Influenza Cases, Leading to Uncertainty about Next Winter ’s Flu Vaccine
Clinical laboratories may see increase in flu and COVID-19 specimen processing as people return to pre-pandemic social behaviors, experts predict While SARS-CoV-2 infections continue to ravage many parts of the world, influenza (flu) cases in North America have hit a historic low. As winter approached last year, infectious disease experts warned of a “twindemic” in […] The post COVID-19 Pandemic Tied to Historically Low Influenza Cases, Leading to Uncertainty about Next Winter’s Flu Vaccine appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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FDA Grants CLIA Waiver Allowing First Test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea to Be Performed at the Point of Care
Federal regulators continue to recognize value of clinical laboratory testing in near-patient settings To help in the diagnosis and management of two sexually-transmitted diseases, another point-of-care diagnostic test will soon be available for use in physician’s offices, urgent care clinics, and other healthcare settings. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it granted a […] The post FDA Grants CLIA Waiver Allowing First Test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea to Be Performed at the Point of Care appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Wall Street Journal Investigation Finds Computer Code on Hospitals ’ Websites That Prevents Prices from Being Shown by Internet Search Engines, Circumventing Federal Price Transparency Laws
In a letter, Congress urged the HHS Secretary to conduct “vigorous oversight and enforces full compliance with the final rule” Analysis of more than 3,100 hospital websites by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has found “hundreds” containing embedded code that prevents search engines from displaying the hospitals’ prices. This is contrary to the Hospital Price […] The post Wall Street Journal Investigation Finds Computer Code on Hospitals’ Websites That Prevents Prices from Being Shown by Internet Search Engines, Circumventing Federal Price Transparency Laws appeared first on Dark Dai...
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COVID-19 Surveillance Screening Program Used in Chicago School Systems Comes Under Scrutiny by Illinois Department of Public Health Following New York Times Article
Dozens of Chicago-area schools were reopened with the help of an $11 COVID-19 saliva test, but the qualifications of the clinical laboratory, and whether it complied with federal regulations, were called into question It was only a matter of time when newly-formed clinical laboratories—taking advantage of the federal government’s loosening of regulations to promote COVID-19 […] The post COVID-19 Surveillance Screening Program Used in Chicago School Systems Comes Under Scrutiny by Illinois Department of Public Health Following New York Times Article appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Pew Charitable Trusts and CDC Find Hospitals Are Overusing Antibiotics, Set New Targets for Antibiotic Prescribing and Avoiding Antimicrobial Resistance
Clinical laboratories and microbiology tests provide key tools for physicians engaged in antibiotic stewardship programs One important and continuing trend in healthcare is the need for hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical providers to introduce effective antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs). The findings of a recent study on antibiotic stewardship emphasize the need for improvement and […] The post Pew Charitable Trusts and CDC Find Hospitals Are Overusing Antibiotics, Set New Targets for Antibiotic Prescribing and Avoiding Antimicrobial Resistance appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Academic Institutions Still Rely Heavily on COVID-19 Symptom-Checking Technology Despite Questions About Its Usefulness
A New York Times report suggests that frequent testing is still the best approach to controlling spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus Many colleges and universities go to great lengths to screen their students for signs of COVID-19 using technologies that include fever scanners, heart-rate monitors, and symptom-checking apps. But a recent report in The New […] The post Academic Institutions Still Rely Heavily on COVID-19 Symptom-Checking Technology Despite Questions About Its Usefulness appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Federal Government Study Shows EHR Interoperability at All Time High as 55% of Hospitals Report Robust Data Exchange
But information blocking remains a barrier to complete information exchange, creating ongoing issues for clinical laboratories and pathology groups Interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) remains one the biggest challenges for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups that must interface with the EHRs of their physician clients to enable electronic transmission of medical laboratory orders […] The post Federal Government Study Shows EHR Interoperability at All Time High as 55% of Hospitals Report Robust Data Exchange appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Cigna Subsidiary Evernorth Acquires MDLIVE as Demand for Telehealth Grows Among Insurers and Healthcare Consumers
COVID-19 pandemic has elevated virtual care into the mainstream, creating opportunities to increase access to care, including clinical laboratory testing, and drive down healthcare costs As the COVID-19 pandemic fuels demand for virtual healthcare, Cigna is acquiring telehealth provider MDLIVE in a move that may indicate the insurance giant anticipates virtual visits playing a major […] The post Cigna Subsidiary Evernorth Acquires MDLIVE as Demand for Telehealth Grows Among Insurers and Healthcare Consumers appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Google Health and Ascension Are Piloting A Cross-Platform EHR Search Tool That Helps Physicians Locate and View Patient Data, Including Clinical Laboratory Test Results
‘Care Studio’ is designed to give physicians a ‘single, centralized view’ of patients’ records that are spread among multiple disparate databases within a healthcare system Lack of interoperability between electronic health records (EHRs) has been a thorn in the side of healthcare providers—including clinical laboratorians and pathologists—who have to search multiple healthcare organizations’ databases to […] The post Google Health and Ascension Are Piloting A Cross-Platform EHR Search Tool That Helps Physicians Locate and View Patient Data, Including Clinical Laborato...
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How Will Clinical Laboratories Collect Samples if Telehealth Replaces Traditional Doctor ’s Office Visits?
COVID-19 has made telehealth an important tool. New technologies may help clinical laboratories collect blood samples ordered by physicians treating patients remotely Even before COVID-19, telehealth services were gaining in popularity. But the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic fully opened the door to widespread use of mobile healthcare (mHealth) technologies. This has had an on-going impact on clinical […] The post How Will Clinical Laboratories Collect Samples if Telehealth Replaces Traditional Doctor’s Office Visits? appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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AHA Expresses Opposition to Merger between UnitedHealth Group ’s OptumInsight and Change Healthcare, DOJ Agrees to Look into the $13B Deal
Clinical laboratory information would be part of a “massive” transfer of data that may affect medical decision-making ‘to the detriment of consumers and healthcare providers’ the AHA stated in a letter to the DOJ In yet another example of healthcare market concentration and consolidation where the big get bigger—sometimes at the expense of patients, physicians, […] The post AHA Expresses Opposition to Merger between UnitedHealth Group’s OptumInsight and Change Healthcare, DOJ Agrees to Look into the $13B Deal appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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OIG Report Indicates Fraudulent Upcoding at Hospitals is More Prevalent than Expected, Recommends More CMS Oversight and Auditing of Medicare Spending
Oddly, as upcoding severity levels have risen, reported higher-severity inpatient hospital stays have dropped, OIG reported Medicare upcoding fraud is a growing problem for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Now, a report from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) suggests that the practice […] The post OIG Report Indicates Fraudulent Upcoding at Hospitals is More Prevalent than Expected, Recommends More CMS Oversight and Auditing of Medicare Spending appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Is Pregnant, Causing a Further Delay in Her Trial Date
Federal court grants seven-week postponement of Holmes’ criminal fraud trial, pushing start date to August 31 Clinical laboratories have rarely seen a saga like that of defunct Theranos and its former CEO Elizabeth Holmes. And yet, just when we think nothing else could be added to the drama, it turns out Holmes is now pregnant […] The post Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Is Pregnant, Causing a Further Delay in Her Trial Date appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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UK Researchers Create Analytical Algorithm That Identifies Patients with Advanced Liver Disease by Analyzing Routine Clinical Laboratory Blood Test Results
By mining results of unrelated blood tests, the CIRRUS algorithm can inform doctors and patients earlier than usual of liver disease For years Dark Daily and its sister publication The Dark Report have predicted that the same type of analytical software used on Wall Street to analyze bundles of debt, such as car loans, mortgages, […] The post UK Researchers Create Analytical Algorithm That Identifies Patients with Advanced Liver Disease by Analyzing Routine Clinical Laboratory Blood Test Results appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Wall Street Journal Reports IBM May Sell Watson Health Due to Data Challenges and Unprofitability
Might this be a sign that AI platforms like Watson still cannot diagnose the wide range of patients’ conditions as accurately as a board-certified clinical pathologist? Computer technology evolves so quickly, products often become obsolete before fulfilling their expected potential. Such, apparently, is the case with Watson, the genius artificial intelligence (AI) brainchild of International […] The post Wall Street Journal Reports IBM May Sell Watson Health Due to Data Challenges and Unprofitability appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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University of British Columbia Clinical Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program Adds COVID-19 Quality Assessments, Endows Chair
COVID-19 pandemic has brought many non-traditional medical laboratory participants into UBC’s CMPT proficiency testing program When Canada’s British Columbia Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) saw the increasing demand for of COVID-19 tests and responsibilities headed its way, it reached out to a well-regarded proficiency testing program for help. The public health agency turned to the […] The post University of British Columbia Clinical Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program Adds COVID-19 Quality Assessments, Endows Chair appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Virginia Commonwealth University Scientists Combine dPCR and High-Speed Microscopic Imaging to Reduce Cost of Diagnosing Cancers
VCU scientists used the technique to measure mutations associated with acute myeloid leukemia, potentially offering an attractive alternative to DNA sequencing More accurate but less-costly cancer diagnostics are the Holy Grail of cancer research. Now, research scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) say they have developed a clinical laboratory diagnostic technique that could be far […] The post Virginia Commonwealth University Scientists Combine dPCR and High-Speed Microscopic Imaging to Reduce Cost of Diagnosing Cancers appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Concert Genetics, XIFIN, Bruce Quinn, MD, PhD, and The Dark Report to Update Clinical Laboratory Professionals on the State of the Genetic Testing Marketplace
Physician use of genetic tests continues to grow at robust rates, even during the pandemic, but uncertainty about managed care reimbursement hangs over the market It may surprise many pathologists and clinical laboratory managers to learn that the market for genetic testing is robust and growing swiftly, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. […] The post Concert Genetics, XIFIN, Bruce Quinn, MD, PhD, and The Dark Report to Update Clinical Laboratory Professionals on the State of the Genetic Testing Marketplace appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Clinical Laboratory Scientist in British Columbia Gets Recognition for Identifying the Province ’s First Case of COVID-19
Medical technologists and clinical laboratory professionals are the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and the public is beginning to notice Medical technologists (MTs) and clinical laboratory scientists (CLSs) are the foundation of every successful clinical laboratory. But they seldom make the news. Therefore, it is worth noting, during this COVID-19 pandemic, when clinical laboratory […] The post Clinical Laboratory Scientist in British Columbia Gets Recognition for Identifying the Province’s First Case of COVID-19 appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Consumer Genetic Testing Company 23andMe to Merge with Sir Richard Branson ’s VG Acquisition Corp. and Go Public
The merger is expected to boost investment in 23andMe’s consumer health and therapeutics businesses After years of spectacular growth, the popularity of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing is beginning to wane. Nevertheless, opportunities still exist in the DTC genetic testing market for visionaries with funds to invest. One such visionary is billionaire Richard Branson, founder of […] The post Consumer Genetic Testing Company 23andMe to Merge with Sir Richard Branson’s VG Acquisition Corp. and Go Public appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Common DNA Testing Method Using SNP Chips Struggles to Find Rare Variants Associated with BRCA Test, UK Researchers Find
Results of the UK study confirm for clinical laboratory professionals the importance of fully understanding the design and function of SNP chips they may be using in their labs Here is another example of a long-established clinical laboratory test that—upon new evidence—turns out to be not as accurate as once thought. According to research conducted […] The post Common DNA Testing Method Using SNP Chips Struggles to Find Rare Variants Associated with BRCA Test, UK Researchers Find appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Apple ’s $10 Million Grant Helps COPAN Diagnostics Increase Production of COVID-19 Sample Collection and Transport Products by 4,000%
This is one more example of how Silicon Valley companies are lining up collaborations with in vitro diagnostics companies to gain a foothold in the clinical laboratory marketplace For years, Apple, Google, and other Silicon Valley companies have taken progressive steps to become more engaged in healthcare. One recent example of a Silicon Valley company […] The post Apple’s $10 Million Grant Helps COPAN Diagnostics Increase Production of COVID-19 Sample Collection and Transport Products by 4,000% appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Consumer Reports Identifies ‘Potential Pitfalls’ of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests
At-home genetic test kits face scrutiny for providing information that may provide consumers with an incomplete picture of their genetic health risks and ancestry Genetic testing for disease risk and heritage are hugely popular. But though clinical laboratory and pathology professionals understand the difference between a doctor-ordered genetic health risk (GHR) test and a direct-to-consumer […] The post Consumer Reports Identifies ‘Potential Pitfalls’ of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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During Pandemic, Clinical Laboratories Should Be Alert for Drug Resistant Infections That Pose High Risk to COVID-19 Patients
On top of everything else during this pandemic, drug-resistant infections are threatening the most vulnerable patients in COVID-19 ICUs New study by researchers at the University of Minnesota highlights the continuing need for microbiologists and clinical laboratories to stay alert for COVID-19 patients with drug-resistant infections. In their study, researchers highlighted CDC statistics about the […] The post During Pandemic, Clinical Laboratories Should Be Alert for Drug Resistant Infections That Pose High Risk to COVID-19 Patients appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Families Are Choosing Home Healthcare Over Nursing Home Placements for Elderly Relatives Because of COVID-19
Occupancy rates at skilled nursing facilities remain well below pre-pandemic levels, a trend that weakens the financial health of nursing homes and means fewer test referrals to clinical laboratories that service them COVID-19 is taking a financial bite out of the nursing home industry as seniors opt for home care rather than entering nursing facilities. […] The post Families Are Choosing Home Healthcare Over Nursing Home Placements for Elderly Relatives Because of COVID-19 appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase Close Haven Healthcare After Only Three Years in Operation
Despite high-hopes and much fanfare, the collaboration failed to transform healthcare and lower healthcare costs for everyday Americans as many anticipated it would Another anticipated “disruptor” to today’s healthcare market is closing its doors. Three years ago, in 2018, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A), and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) announced a joint venture to enter into […] The post Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase Close Haven Healthcare After Only Three Years in Operation appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis Use Microneedle Patch with Fluorescent Nanolabels to Detect Biomarkers in Skin ’s Interstitial Fluid
Painless technology could one day replace some phlebotomy blood draws as the go-to specimen-collection method for clinical laboratory testing and health monitoring Clinical laboratories have long sought a non-invasive way to do useful medical laboratory testing without the need for either a venipuncture or a needle stick. Now engineers at the McKelvey School of Engineering […] The post Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis Use Microneedle Patch with Fluorescent Nanolabels to Detect Biomarkers in Skin’s Interstitial Fluid appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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In Australia, Pathology Profession Receives Recognition for Performing 12 Million COVID-19 Tests, Equal to About Half the Country ’s Population
Royal College of Pathologists of Australia says the pandemic is ‘suppressed’ to ‘intermittent’ outbreaks, thanks to the dedication of thousands of pathologists, medical scientists, and laboratory professionals COVID-19 efforts in Australia have achieved a milestone. Pathology laboratories there have performed more than 12 million SARS-CoV-2 tests since the pandemic began. That is an impressive feat […] The post In Australia, Pathology Profession Receives Recognition for Performing 12 Million COVID-19 Tests, Equal to About Half the Country’s Population appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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University of Washington Scientists Create ‘Smellicopter’ Drone That Uses a Live Moth Antenna to Hunt Down Odors
The palm-sized device could one day be engineered to track down explosives and gas leaks or could even be used by medical laboratories to detect disease Here’s a technology breakthrough with many implications for diagnostics and clinical laboratory testing. Researchers at the at the University of Washington (UW) are pushing the envelope on what can […] The post University of Washington Scientists Create ‘Smellicopter’ Drone That Uses a Live Moth Antenna to Hunt Down Odors appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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New Study from UCSD Shows That Chromosome Shattering Can Promote Cancer Cell Growth and Increase Resistance to Chemotherapeutic Drugs
The researchers also found that certain molecules, when added to cancer drugs, can prevent chromosome shattering from occurring in a discovery that may be useful to pathologists and oncologists Anatomic pathologists who diagnose tissue and closely monitor advances in cancer diagnostics and therapy will be interested in a recent study into how a mutational process […] The post New Study from UCSD Shows That Chromosome Shattering Can Promote Cancer Cell Growth and Increase Resistance to Chemotherapeutic Drugs appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Trial Delayed Again, This Time Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, as Lawyers Battle Over Destroyed Clinical Laboratory Test Evidence
Government prosecutors allege destruction of LIS database and point to Holmes’ extravagant lifestyle as evidence of fraud motive There is a new twist in the federal criminal fraud trial of Elizabeth Holmes, co-founder and former CEO of now defunct clinical laboratory testing company Theranos. Once again, the trial has been delayed. In the meantime, however, […] The post Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Trial Delayed Again, This Time Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, as Lawyers Battle Over Destroyed Clinical Laboratory Test Evidence appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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New Study Shows Protective Immunity Against COVID-19 Is ‘Robust’ and May Last Up to Eight Months or Longer Following Infection
Researchers find declining antibody levels in SARS-CoV-2 patients are offset by T cells and B cells that remain behind to fight off reinfection Questions remain regarding how long antibodies produced by a COVID-19 vaccine or natural infection will provide ongoing protection against SARS-CoV-2. However, a new study showing COVID-19 immunity may be “robust” and “long […] The post New Study Shows Protective Immunity Against COVID-19 Is ‘Robust’ and May Last Up to Eight Months or Longer Following Infection appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Researchers in Five Countries Use AI, Deep Learning to Analyze and Monitor the Quality of Donated Red Blood Cells Stored for Transfusions
By training a computer to analyze blood samples, and then automating the expert assessment process, the AI processed months’ worth of blood samples in a single day New technologies and techniques for acquiring and transporting biological samples for clinical laboratory testing receive much attention. But what of the quality of the samples themselves? Blood products […] The post Researchers in Five Countries Use AI, Deep Learning to Analyze and Monitor the Quality of Donated Red Blood Cells Stored for Transfusions appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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CMS ’ Latest Value-Based Care Reimbursement Model Explores Geographic Direct Contracting for Medicare, Focuses on Costs and Quality
Physicians engaged with CMS in value-based care are asking clinical laboratories to help them close gaps in patient care through testing   Clinical laboratories know that any change to how the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimburses healthcare providers could also affect how labs are reimbursed for services they provide. Thus, lab leaders […] The post CMS’ Latest Value-Based Care Reimbursement Model Explores Geographic Direct Contracting for Medicare, Focuses on Costs and Quality appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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University of Kansas Health System Laboratory Shares Lessons from Assessing Pooled Testing for COVID-19 Patients
Available funds and disease prevalence affect whether pooled testing is feasible and desirable, notes University of Kansas Health System microbiology laboratory director Pooled testing for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has its supporters and its critics. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to pooling multiple patients’ biological samples into a single COVID-19 test in the hopes […] The post University of Kansas Health System Laboratory Shares Lessons from Assessing Pooled Testing for COVID-19 Patients appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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ASCP and CAP Support New Legislation That Bars Surprise Medical Billing
The No Surprises Act, passed as part of the COVID-19 relief package, ensures patients do not receive surprise bills after out-of-network care, including hospital-based physicians such as pathologists Consumer demand for price transparency in healthcare has been gaining support in Congress after several high-profile cases involving surprise medical billing received widespread reporting. Dark Daily covered […] The post ASCP and CAP Support New Legislation That Bars Surprise Medical Billing appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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VA ’s ‘Million Veterans Program’ Research Study Receives Its 100,000th Human Genome Sequence
With improved genetic sequencing comes larger human genome databases that could lead to new diagnostic and therapeutic biomarkers for clinical laboratories As the COVID-19 pandemic grabbed headlines, the human genome database at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Million Veterans Program (MVP) quietly grew. Now, this wealth of genomic information—as well as data from other […] The post VA’s ‘Million Veterans Program’ Research Study Receives Its 100,000th Human Genome Sequence appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Anticipated Influenza/SARS-CoV-2 “Twindemic” Has Not Developed, Says CDC, Much to the Relief of the Nation’s Medical Laboratories
The remarkably low number of influenza diagnoses makes it possible for clinical laboratories to stay focused on COVID-19 One positive note for clinical laboratories this winter is the fact that the number of biological samples being submitted for influenza (flu) testing have dropped significantly. This has given medical laboratories more resources for processing COVID-19 tests. […] The post Anticipated Influenza/SARS-CoV-2 “Twindemic” Has Not Developed, Says CDC, Much to the Relief of the Nation’s Medical Laboratories appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Do New Strains of SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus and Inconsistent Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines Threaten a Return to Normalcy in 2021? McKinsey Weighs In
The latest McKinsey report addresses when the COVID-19 pandemic is “most likely” to end and what needs to happen to get there Clinical laboratory leaders, pathologists, and diagnostics professionals everywhere want to know when the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will burn itself out. When can we expect to return to normal? Since there is no such thing […] The post Do New Strains of SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus and Inconsistent Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines Threaten a Return to Normalcy in 2021? McKinsey Weighs In appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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New Test Under Development That Detects Breast Cancer within One Hour with 100% Accuracy Has Potential to Help Pathologists Deliver More Value
Such a test, if proved safe and accurate for clinical use, could be a useful diagnostic tool for anatomic pathologists What would it mean to anatomic pathology if breast cancer could be diagnosed in an hour from a fine needle aspiration (FNA) rather than a core biopsy? A new test created by researchers affiliated with […] The post New Test Under Development That Detects Breast Cancer within One Hour with 100% Accuracy Has Potential to Help Pathologists Deliver More Value appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Autopsies Clearly Help Pathologists Understand COVID-19 and How It Affects the Body, So Why Are More Not Being Performed?
Payers are unwilling to reimburse for autopsies despite the fact that autopsies are a proven way to learn more about new diseases and how they attack the human body Each year, less money is spent by Medicare and private health insurers on autopsies. However, autopsies regularly provide pathologists with relevant, clinically useful information about exact […] The post Autopsies Clearly Help Pathologists Understand COVID-19 and How It Affects the Body, So Why Are More Not Being Performed? appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Coveted Blue Horseshoe Crab Blood is Keeping COVID-19 Vaccinations Free of Deadly Endotoxins, But Demand for This Blood Could Have Implications for Supply of Certain Clinical Laboratory Tests
Pathologists may be interested to learn that though a substitute for horseshoe crab blood has been available for nearly 20 years, it has not been widely adopted in the US Since the 1970s, the blue blood of the horseshoe crab has saved countless human lives by detecting deadly toxins in medical products, as well as […] The post Coveted Blue Horseshoe Crab Blood is Keeping COVID-19 Vaccinations Free of Deadly Endotoxins, But Demand for This Blood Could Have Implications for Supply of Certain Clinical Laboratory Tests appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Walmart Health Opens Two Primary Care Clinics at Retail Supercenters in Chicago with Plans to Open Seven Florida Locations in 2021
Walmart may be the largest, but it is not the only retailer offering clinical laboratory testing and primary care services at conveniently-located retail stores Earlier this month in “How Walmart Plans to Take Over Health Care,” CNBC asked, “Is Walmart the future of healthcare?” Good question. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) […] The post Walmart Health Opens Two Primary Care Clinics at Retail Supercenters in Chicago with Plans to Open Seven Florida Locations in 2021 appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Multiple Pathology and Other Healthcare Organizations Request CDC Include Clinical Laboratory Personnel in First Round of COVID-19 Vaccinations
CAP president maintains medical laboratory staff are ‘indispensable’ in pandemic fight and should be in ‘top tier’ for vaccination As COVID-19 vaccinations continue to roll out, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) is lobbying for clinical pathologists and medical laboratory staff to be moved up the priority list for vaccinations, stating they are “indispensable” in […] The post Multiple Pathology and Other Healthcare Organizations Request CDC Include Clinical Laboratory Personnel in First Round of COVID-19 Vaccinations appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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Mayo Clinic Laboratories Used Ingenuity, Flexibility, and Teamwork to Fast-Track COVID-19 Testing Capacity, Including Hiring Hundreds of Lab Workers
As coronavirus pandemic emerged, the Minnesota reference laboratory surged its testing capacity from 2,600 to 20,000 samples per day in an effort to meet ever-increasing demand Over the past several years, medical laboratory workforce shortages worldwide have challenged clinical laboratory managers to process increasing numbers of clinical laboratory tests with fewer staff. But that did […] The post Mayo Clinic Laboratories Used Ingenuity, Flexibility, and Teamwork to Fast-Track COVID-19 Testing Capacity, Including Hiring Hundreds of Lab Workers appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
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