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Monday 18th June 2018

Physician-to-PhysicianTeleconsults Boost Survival Rates for Liver Disease

I have blogged in the past about provider-to-provider teleconsults (see:The Need for More Research in Provider-to-Provider Telemedicine). This type of telemedicine is often overlooked or underreported. A recent article addressed how video consults have improved survival rates for liver disease patients (see: Video consults boost survival rates for liver disease...

Thursday 14th June 2018

Hospitals Cry Foul Over Anthem's Radiology Reimbursement Policy

In a previous post, I noted that health insurance company Anthem was refusing to pay the hospital rate for outpatient MRIs and CT scans, dictating that their insurance holders receive outpatient imaging services from less expensive free-standing radiology centers (see: Anthem Won't Pay for Outpatient MRIs and CT Scans in...

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Deploying Digital Pathology in the Autopsy Service Before Surgical Pathology

I believe that most pathology teaching programs in the U.S. will be feeling a need to launch a digital pathology program soon because pathology house officer and fellow candidates are favoring those programs that are using this new technology. The applicants to these programs understand that they need to begin...

Saturday 9th June 2018

Can an "Annual Lab Screen" Serve as a Replacement for the Annual Physical Exam

During my career in pathology, there has been a constant litany of complaints from various quarters about excessive ordering of lab tests. And yet, all the while, a complete blood count (CBC) and other lab tests such as electrolytes, lipid panels, and renal panels have been routinely ordered as part...

Wednesday 6th June 2018

Another Type of Urgent Care Facility Flourishing for Orthopedic Problems

In a recent note, I discussed how primary care practices and hospital-based ambulatory care are now being forced to compete with both walk-in clinics in retail drug stores and urgent care centers (see: Physicians Are Disappearing from the Front Line of Healthcare). I have just learned about another type of...

Tuesday 5th June 2018

Should the Work Product of "Non-Explainable" Medical Algorithms Be Ignored

I have blogged previously about the use of algorithms in healthcare which will be revolutionary in terms of diagnosing patients and even predicting which diseases they may develop in the future (see, for example: Eric Schmidt Discusses the Potential Value of Predictive Analytics in the ER; An Algorithm Using Medical...

Saturday 2nd June 2018

Rapid Autopsies: Reformulating the Classic Autopy Toward a Focus on Cancer Research

The non-forensic autopsy is on life support in most hospitals with only about 10% of patients undergoing the procedure nationally (see: The Vanishing Nonforensic Autopsy). However, the rapid autopsy has moved front-and-center for selected cancer patients with the need for rapid tumor tissue harvesting. This specialized type of autopsy was...

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Physicians Are Disappearing from the Front Line of Healthcare

A recent, longish article in the New York Times discussed the "disappearing doctor" from the front line of healthcare by which is meant walk-in retail clinics in drug stores and urgent care centers (see: The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care). People are flocking to...

Thursday 24th May 2018

More Men Choosing Less Aggressive Treatment for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for men but it often does not present in an aggressive form of the disease. It now appears that more men with this type of prostate cancer are now, appropriately, foregoing aggressive treatment of the disease (see: More men with low-risk...

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

What Is the Significance of the Roche Acquisition of Flatiron?

People are talking about the acquisition of Flatiron Health by Roche. Here is an article from Forbes that discusses the possible rationale for the purchase (see: The Flatiron Health Acquisition Is A Shot In The Arm For Roche's Oncology Real-World Evidence Needs) and below is an excerpt from the article:...

Friday 18th May 2018

VA Finalizes Telehealth Initiative; What's the Likelihood of Success?

In various previous blog notes, I have strongly advocated for the expansion of telemedicine across most sectors of the healthcare system. My rationale for this recommendation is that it's one of the only ways to expand healthcare delivery in a cost-effective manner. The approach also avoids the rigidity of a...

Tuesday 15th May 2018

New At-Home Lab Testing Device Provides CBC Counts for Cancer Patients

I have been closely tracking the development of new at-home lab testing devices because I think, accompanied by expanded telemedicine choices, the face of healthcare will be changed forever. A recent article in Dark Daily announced such a device for complete blood counts (CBC) (see: New At-Home CBC Device Enables...

Sunday 13th May 2018

AI Predicts Which Patients Will Code, Allowing Early Intervention

I will occasionally report in Lab Soft News about examples of artificial intelligence (AI) that are being introduced into healthcare because the use of such tools will radically change the way care is rendered. One such example is a recently developed algorithm that generates warnings about which patients are in...

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Geisinger to Perform Routine DNA Sequencing for 1,000 Patients in Pilot Study

We are entering an era in which DNA sequencing will become a routine laboratory test for a high percentage of patients. Geisinger, always a leader in innovation, is beginning the validation of this diagnostic approach (see: Geisinger to perform DNA sequencing as routine care). The key question, of course, is...

Monday 7th May 2018

Don't Miss the 2018 Pathology Informatics Summit in Pittsburgh, May 21-24

It's not too late to register for the 2018 Pathology Informatics Summit that will be held in Pittsburgh on May 21-24, 2018. Early bird pricing has been extended. The PI Summit can boast of a 35-year history as the only national conference devoted solely to the field of pathology informatics....

Saturday 5th May 2018

Israeli Medical Records Placed On-Line to Promote Research

Electronic medical records are being viewed in some smaller countries like Iceland as a national asset. They are viewed as a means to improve population health and also to stimulate research in the country and elsewhere. Iceland has been pursuing such a strategy for years (see: Centralized Health Databases: Lessons...

Thursday 3rd May 2018

Can Digital Therapeutics Substitute for Drugs or Other Therapies?

The various smart phone apps that are being developed to monitor or help manage diseases like diabetes or insomnia are now being referred generally as digital therapeutics (see: Can “Digital Therapeutics” Be as Good as Drugs?). This article provocatively asks the question whether some of these apps can ultimately substitute...

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Third Parties Harvest Patient Health Data; Is Anonymized Data Secure?

Nearly six years, I cautioned that the "horse was already out of the barn" regarding privacy of health data (see: On the Privacy of Health Information: The Horse Is Already Out of the Barn).This note also made reference to Ingenix, now renamed Optum, and Milliman that sell patient data. Optum...

Sunday 29th April 2018

CMS Requires Hospitals to Post Prices for Medicare Patients; Useful Step?

It is commonly understood that hospital pricing is a mess, a topic that I have blogged about frequently in the past (see: Two Reasons Why Medical and Hospital Bills Are Such a Mess; High Deductible-Health Plans Causing Hospital Billing Problems; Coding for Hospital Services; One Reason for the High Cost...

Thursday 26th April 2018

Digital Front Doors Versus Physical Front Doors in Healthcare; Hospitals Lagging

Vince Kuraitis of Better Health Technologies made a very important point with a recent series of Tweets. He proposed the interesting idea that hospitals are providing patients with physical front doors but were lagging in providing digital front doors. Below are his comments suggesting that hospital digital front doors currently...

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Uber Launches Uber Health; Responding to Needs of Clinical Trial Subjects

A recent article about Uber Health addressed a number of the features that will be available with this transportation service. I found the details interesting in terms of what Uber perceives as an important niche in the healthcare sector (see: Uber Launches Uber Health, Looks To Improve Patient Experience In...

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Short-Term Solutions to Correct the Known EHR Problems Will Be Insufficient

In a recent article about the defects of the EHR in the Harvard Business Review, there was a passage that briefly but directly summarized many of the problems of current EHRs (see: To Combat Physician Burnout and Improve Care, Fix the Electronic Health Record). Note that the title of the...

Friday 20th April 2018

A Strategy for Optimizing Beaker Functionality: Leveraging the Hospital C-Suite

I am reconciled to the fact that many pathology departments will be running Epic's LIS, Beaker. Hospital executives continue to seek an enterprise wide solution to support their hospital IT needs. After perhaps selecting Epic's EHR, they will often gravitate to Beaker for their LIS. Beaker has added sufficient functionality...

Thursday 19th April 2018

Continued Growth of Personal Genomics with a PerkinElmer/Helix Collaboration

Genomic testing is beginning to explode in the consumer marketplace. The phenomenon started with DNA analysis for those interested in their family lineage and is now proceeding to diagnostics such as the determination of selected variants of BRCA1/BRCA 2. This is only one of the analytes included in the genetic...

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Is "Curing Patients" a Good Business Model for Pharma?

An interesting point was made in a recent article that the stock market may "punish" companies like Gilead Sciences which has developed a drug called Harvoni to cure hepatitis C. The supposed reason for the punishment is that the prospects for drug profits will diminish as its highly effective use...

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