Archive for December, 2011

Best Wishes for a Healthy 2012!

| December 30, 2011

Many thanks to my readers, followers, critics, contributors, commentors and sponsors.  The intent of the blog remains as it did 4 years ago – to educate and inform the pathology and laboratory community on digital pathology, other technology news items and occassional dips into government and regulatory issues for the broader picture of healthcare and […]

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Bags of blood, and not a donor in sight: Lab-grown blood used for the first time

| December 29, 2011

Promising news out of Paris for suitable blood products when inventories remain tight for donor blood. Will see if subsequent use and experimentation can both create viable red cells that can remain in circulation and maintain their oxygen-carrying capacity. The Chicago Tribune (12/29) reports that according to a study in published in the journal Blood, […]

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Healthcare Reform Said To Be Affecting Millions and Medicaid Cuts

| December 28, 2011

USA Today (12/28, Kennedy) reports that "it can be difficult to dig through the rhetoric to determine just what the 2010 health care law has done," but "proponents and foes say big pieces of the law have been enacted and have already affected millions of people's lives." Don Berwick former administrator of the Centers for […]

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Volkswagen turns off Blackberry email after work hours

| December 27, 2011

Smart move by Volkswagen.  Mobile technologies, in my own experience, can disrupt the delicate work-life-family balance.  It is good to be "connected" but checking e-mail as often as you can, likely for many items that can wait until after dinner or the next morning is a trap.  Of course, I suppose one could do this […]

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Lab results in: BGH appeal slides over top

| December 26, 2011

Nice story for the holiday season — Brockville General Hospital in Ontario, Canada recently exceeded their annual fundraising goal and will use the donations to purchase a telepathology system for purposes of secondary consultation. BGH raises $142,300 for laboratory They answered the pleas and put patients at ease. Donations to this year's Brockville and District Hospital […]

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REFCOR Chooses mScope for National Expert Pathology Panel

| December 23, 2011

Aurora will supply the French Expert Network for the Diagnosis of Rare Otolaryngology (ENT) Cancers (REFCOR) for their medical multi-disciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) and their case reviews by the national pathology expert panel MONTREAL (CANADA), December 22, 2011 – Aurora Interactive Ltd., the world leader in digital pathology communications, announced today that the company has […]

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GOP Poised to Postpone Doc Pay Cut

| December 22, 2011

As I mentioned in a recent prior note, the show that never ends – the issue of professional reimbursement from Medicare for physicians has gone through one more year and the result is another short-term patch with no long-term permanent fix, correction, adjustment or controls… From Medscape Medical News December 22, 2011 — In what some […]

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New eBook on Companion Diagnostics Worth a Look

| December 22, 2011

Many thanks to Digital Pathology Insights for the tip on a book published on "Companion Diagnostics – The Future of Medicine".  Just a brief glance of the book on my Kindle – the book starts with a case study making the case for companion diagnostics and therapeutics and follows with the story of HER2 and Herceptin […]

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ATA: Telehealth ‘birthing networks’ could save Medicaid $186M

| December 22, 2011

Via FierceMobileHealthcare by Sara Jackson No doubt a study such as this could show positive savings for "high-risk" pathology cases. Medicaid could save $186 million over the next 10 years if it uses telehealth services for high-risk pregnancies, according to a new analysis commissioned by the American Telemedicine Association. And that's a conservative estimate, researchers say. […]

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Different Christmas, Same Story

| December 20, 2011

Around this time of year wonder if my work will be reimbursed at 30% of what it was the year before or not.  Historically, not.  Actually small raises.  Now tangled up with an oil pipeline…Predict a cut on order of less than 10% if any… December 20, 2011 — Medscape — The House today voted to […]

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Real-time Colon Polyp Histopathology

| December 20, 2011

Technologies Are Advancing But Face Some Hurdle by Gabriel Miller – Gastroenterology and Endscopy News I was going along with story and understand the background, need and data to biopsy what amounts to normal or minimally abnormal tissue of no clinical significance until the author appropriately mentioned the key issue here for adopting this in the […]

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PathXL BioBank™ – a global solution for biobanking

| December 19, 2011

Belfast, Northern Ireland: December 2011 Earlier this year, PathXL announced it had been commissioned to develop digital pathology software for the Northern Ireland Biobank. Biobanks play a crucial role in diagnosis and the development of the new targeted treatments and stratefied therapies for cancer and other diseases, so PathXL has further developed it’s biobank solution […]

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Quorum Technologies Names XStor Systems Exclusive Pathology Image Storage Partner for Canadian Market

| December 18, 2011

Partnership with Leading Biomedical Equipment Distributor Includes XStorPath™, a Digital Image Storage and Management Solution Developed Specifically for Pathologists MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–XStor Systems, Inc., a provider of next-generation, specialty-specific digital imaging storage and connectivity solutions for radiology, pathology, and oncology, announced today an exclusive partnership with Quorum Technologies, Canada’s leading provider of microscope-based equipment […]

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Applications Pre-Sales Consultant / Specialist, Healthcare (Lab Workflow, IHC, Pathology)

| December 17, 2011

Aperio is hiring. See below fron LinkedIn Aperio – Vista, CA (Greater San Diego Area) Job Description This person will be directly involved with the sales team and responsible for pre-sales activities with prospective and existing customers. You will also have interaction with other departments including Operations, Marketing, Development and Quality. (Internal Job Title – […]

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