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Thursday 13th December 2018

Amazon Launches New Medical Record Language Processing Service

One of the most significant factors in extracting information from EHR record is the use of natural language processing (NLP) which I have referred to in a number of previous notes (see, for example: EMRs and the Data Entry Paradox; Same Concept Not Applicable in the LIS World; Assessing Drugs...

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Walmart Shapes Its Own Primary Care, Unbundling Strategy

Walmart is establishing its own version of a primary care, unbundling healthcare strategy (Walmart Care Clinics) that is both similar and different to CVS-Aetna. The details were discussed in a recent article (see: Walmart Health: A Deep Dive into the $WMT Corporate Strategy in Health Care) ...[R]eports [have emerged] that...

Thursday 6th December 2018

Virtual Scribe Vendors Remotely Generate EHR Notes and Coding

The use of scribes to act as intermediaries between a clinician and a patient is now common practice in outpatient healthcare settings (see, for example: Shift of Hospital EMR Data Entry Tasks from MDs to Scribes; The Emergence of EMR Scribes as a New Category of Hospital Employees; The Explosive...

Wednesday 5th December 2018

eConsult System Designed to Optimize Hospital Specialty Referrals

NYC Health & Hospitals system has developed and deployed e-consult software that is both EHR linked and web-based. It has been shown to be a valuable tool for reducing wait time for speciality care appointments and to enable PCPs to improve the quality of care (see: eConsult proves valuable tool...

Tuesday 4th December 2018

E-Consult Software Evolving for the Optimization of Hospital Specialty Referrals

NYC Health & Hospitals system has developed and deployed an e-consult program that is both EHR linked and web-based. It has proved to be a very valuable tool that has cut wait time for speciality care appointments and improved the performance of PCPs in the health system (see: eConsult proves...

Monday 3rd December 2018

Blurring of Definition of Big Medicine; Corporatization of Healthcare

Eight years ago I posted a note referring to an article in the New York Times (see: More Doctors Giving Up Private Practices) about the emergence of "Big Medicine" (see: Physician Private Practice Declines; the Last Barrier to Emergence of "Big Medicine"). In that note, Big Medicine was defined as...

Friday 30th November 2018

Roche Diagnostics Shows Keen Interest in Diagnostic Management Teams

I was slightly taken aback by a recent email blast I received from Roche Diagnostics with links to a current and planned complementary articles about Diagnostic Management Teams (DMTs) (see: DMT series). I have posted a number of blog notes in the past about DMTs (see, for example: First Diagnostic...

Thursday 29th November 2018

OptumHealth, One of the Largest Employer of MDs, Pursues Telemedicine

For readers of Lab Soft News that may be unaware of this, OptumHealth, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, is the one of the largest employers of physicians in the U.S. (see: With 8k more physicians than Kaiser, Optum is 'scaring the crap out of hospitals'; UnitedHealth Group Soon to Be...

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Some Ideas Governing Patient Data Stewardship by Hospitals

A recent kerfuffle at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center launched a discussion about whether MSK acted judiciously by providing a for-profit, startup company exclusive access to its hospital surgical pathology imaging data as well as associated textual records (see: Controversy at MSK Cancer Center Regarding the Pathology Archive and Database;...

Monday 26th November 2018

Upcoming Free Webinar Focusing on Diagnostic Management Teams (DMTs)

The Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and Sunquest Information Systems will present the next free webinar in the 2018-2019 series on Thursday, November 29, at 1:00 ET. Dr. Michael Laposata, M.D., will deliver the lecture on the following topic: Obstacles to Widespread Implementation of Diagnostic Management Team Services. This current...

Friday 23rd November 2018

Three Examples of Predictive Analytics in Clinical Practice

I have posted previous notes about predictive analytics, particularly with regard to their use in the clinical labs (see, for example: Successfully Screening for Lung Cancer Based on Predictive Analytics; Diagnostic and Predictive Analytics and Their Possible Link to the Future of the LIS). However, of at least of equal...

Monday 19th November 2018

The "Proximity Advantage" Enjoyed by Retail, Walk-In Clinics Over Health Systems

I have posted a number of notes about some of the competitive advantages enjoyed by the Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart walk-in clinics (see, for example: Retail Drug Stores Emerging as Healthcare Hubs for First-Tier Primary Care); Doctor on Demand Expands Reach with Walmart Collaboration and Coupon for Care). They are...

Thursday 15th November 2018

Questions Raised about the American Cancer Society's Corporate Partners

The EVP and CMO of the American Cancer Society has resigned, reportedly over the organization's corporate relationships (see: Cancer Society Executive Resigns Amid Upset Over Corporate Partnerships). In 2009, I posted a note stating that the American Academy of Family Physicians had received a six-figure grant from Coca-Cola and also...

Tuesday 13th November 2018

Reducing Healthcare Costs with Virtual Visits; Tangible Evidence Provided

I have suggested in the past notes that deploying virtual visits (telemedicine) in a health system can reduce costs but did not provide any tangible evidence to support the idea (see: Telemedicine Used in New Healthcare Settings Like Coaching). However, in a recent webinar, executives from Spectrum Health make the...

Friday 9th November 2018

Diagnostic Platform for Microbiology; Screens for All Pathogenic Bacteria

(see: Breakthrough test screens for all known bacterial infections) Scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health have developed the first diagnostic platform that can simultaneously screen for all known human pathogenic bacteria as well as markers for virulence and...

Thursday 8th November 2018

Doctor on Demand Expands Reach with Walmart Collaboration and Coupon for Care

I continue to be interested in what is happening with first-tier (i.e., primary) healthcare. It's being shaken up by retail drug store, walk-in clinics like MinuteClinic, urgent care centers, and virtual care. With for-profit companies now deeply embedded in the mix, aggressive marketing of services is being introduced and now...

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Registration Almost Full for the Second Annual API Digital Pathology Workshop

The second annual API Digital Pathology and AI Workshop will be presented on December 7-8. 2018 (see: Digital Pathology and AI Workshop II). The location will be Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. You can register for the workshop here. The capacity for the workshop has been...

Monday 5th November 2018

The Future of the LIS: Reflections about Consumers Ordering Their Own Lab Tests

In three previous blog notes, I have been musing about the future of the LIS (see: Diagnostic and Predictive Analytics and Their Possible Link to the Future of the LIS; Predicting the Future Functions of the LIS-Analytic (LIS-A); Continuing Discussion about the LIS of the Future; Analytics as a Key...

Friday 2nd November 2018

Continuing Discussion about the LIS of the Future; Analytics as a Key Feature?

In a recent note, I discussed how LIS's as components of EHR's were slowly gaining favor in the market over interfaced best-of-breed LIS's (see: Predicting the Future Functions of the LIS-Analytic (LIS-A)). Bill Grolly, a reader of the blog, submitted the following comment in response: I think that the best...

Thursday 1st November 2018

Health System Transfers Its Pharmacies to Walgreens; Manages Regional Retail Clinics

One interesting aspect of the emergence of retail clinics in drug stores is the business model being used by these companies for staffing these clinics with medical personnel. CVS staffs its MinuteClinics with nurse practitioners (NPs) who, incidentally, have an average hourly pay of $52. Staffing clinics with NPs rather...

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Predicting the Future Functions of the LIS-Analytic (LIS-A)

In a recent blog note, I stated that the LIS modules of EHRs such as Epic's Beaker are gaining traction in the market and thus performing the functions of the previously dominant best-of-breed LISs like Sunquest or SCC. I went on to suggest that the vendors of these latter systems...

Wednesday 24th October 2018

Rosy Future Predicted for Cannabis Research; Lab Launched to Support Clinical Trials

Cannabis is the one growth industry in the U.S. that you can count on. Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in many states. Moreover, there's increasing attention being paid to the medical uses of cannabis-based products. An Israeli lab has been set up to provide clinical validation for cannabis...

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Diagnostic and Predictive Analytics and Their Possible Link to the Future of the LIS

I have posted a number of previous notes about analytics (see, for example: Lab Analytics Emerges as Hot Area for Software Development; Relevance of Lifestyle Analytics for Healthcare Organizations; Much of the Future for Pathology and Lab Medicine Rests with Analytics; Successfully Screening for Lung Cancer Based on Predictive Analytics)....

Monday 22nd October 2018

It's Not Too Late to Register for a Free Pathology Informatics Webinar Tomorrow

The Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and Sunquest Information Systems are co-sponsoring a webinar tomorrow, October 23, which is the second in a series of two focusing on pathology informatics challenges in large health systems. You can view the first webinar in this series from September 25, 2018, here. The...

Friday 19th October 2018

Will Publishing Drug List Prices Help to Reduce Their Cost?

One of the current Trump agenda items has been to force drug companies to advertise their list drug prices. On the face of it, this would seem to be a good idea but I don't think it's going to turn out that way for various reasons (see: Despite growing pressure,...

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