Archive for November, 2013

CMS Halts Plan to Cap Pathology Payments to APC Rates, Payment for Other Key Services is Reduced

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Driving home on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday – this headline hit the inbox late on the 27th.  As expected, some reimbursement cuts to key pathology and laboratory tests. The Pathology Blawg has a far better write up on this than I could go into with some short analysis and commentary of the bevy of […]

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Three Biotech Startup Creators Throw $43 Million Into Editas Medicine

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Editas Medicine, a transformative genome editing company, today announced it has secured a $43 million Series A financing led by Flagship Ventures, Polaris Partners and Third Rock Ventures with participation from Partners Innovation Fund. Following an explosion of high profile publications on CRISPR/Cas9 and TALENs, genome editing has emerged as one of the […]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2013

| November 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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DigiPath to Integrate Pathology Scanners in Kanteron’s Launch of First Translational Medical Imaging System

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Interesting news from DigiPath mentioning integration of their scanners in Kanteron Systems’ launch of TMIS which will provide a fully integrated hardware and software solution for radiology, genetic and pathology workflow.  This will be on hand next week at the trade show of all trade shows in the life sciences – RSNA in Chicago.  DigiPath […]

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Tumor Boards – What Are They Good For?

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

There is a recent piece over at Corista’s blog entitled “We gave up looking at pathology slides a long time ago” that talks about all too common problem I think in pathology and medicine – the lack of pathology in tumor boards. Most of us who do this perhaps have been spoiled in the past decade with […]

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The Pathology Blawg: SEPA Labs sells clinical laboratory to LabCorp

| November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Pathology Blawg reported today that SEPA Labs has sold its clinical laboratory operations to LabCorp.  Anatomic pathology technical and professional services remain. Courtesy of The Pathology Blawg: Southeastern Pathology Associates, also known as SEPA Labs, has sold its clinical laboratory business to LabCorp for an undisclosed amount.  Its employees (including pathologists) were informed on November […]

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Senate Finance Committee schedules session to discuss repeal of SGR

| November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Modern Healthcare (11/23, Robeznieks, Subscription Publication) reported that “with time running out to prevent a major pay cut for doctors, the Senate Finance Committee scheduled an ‘open executive session’ for Dec. 12 to discuss repealing and replacing the Medicare sustainable growth-rate physician payment formula.” Lawmakers have “released a draft proposal of legislation that contains elements physicians are not […]

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CareGiver remote support enables remote connectivity to help improve patient care

| November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Helping to improve the standard of patient care through innovation in remote connectivity   Tucson, AZ, November 26, 2013— At this year’s DreamForce conference in San Francisco, California, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of the Roche Group showcased its popular CareGiver remote support system that connects Ventana products to the company’s support personnel and customers as a way to […]

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Webinar Announcement: Analysis of IHC and H&E-stained Pancreatic Tissue using the HALO Image Analysis Platform

| November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Indica Labs offers dedicated analysis tools for metabolic research using the HALO Image Analysis Platform. In this 60-minute webinar, we will discuss how our tools can be used to extract quantitative data from scanned brightfield & fluorescent pancreatic tissue. The following applications will be demonstrated: • Determine alpha and beta cell area • Quantify proliferation […]

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University of Michigan: Lost in Processing

| November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Not to be outdone by the University of Florida video productions, faculty from the University of Michigan Department of Pathology have several music videos including this one — Lost In Processing Band – video presented at the 2013 USCAP Arthur Purdy Stout Conference on March 3, 2013 as the finale to Dr. Jeff Myers’ presentation on benign […]

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Life Science Microscope Demo Sale

| November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

  Life Science Microscope Demo Sale Leica Microsystems supports science education courses throughout the year, which requires us to stock up on some of our best imaging equipment.  Now, we are offering special pricing to liquidate our excess inventory!* Act Now! This Equipment Will Move Quickly!    Up to 40% Off! Save up to 18% on […]

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Cancer Digital Slide Archive: an informatics resource to support integrated in silico analysis of TCGA pathology data

| November 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Check out the Cancer Digital Slide Archive at http://cancer.digitalslidearchive.net. The Cancer Digital Slide Archive (CDSA) produced is accessible to the public and currently hosts more than 20,000 whole-slide images from 22 cancer types. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013 Nov 1;20(6):1091-1098. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001469. Epub 2013 Jul 25. Gutman DA, Cobb J, Somanna D, Park Y, Wang F, Kurc T, Saltz JH, Brat DJ, Cooper LA. Department […]

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Definiens and Metamark Enter Multi-Year Deal for Prostate Cancer Prognostic Test

| November 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

MUNICH, Germany &  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Definiens, the global leader in image analysis for digital pathology and diagnostics, and Metamark Genetics, a privately-held biotechnology company developing novel tests aimed at improving cancer care, today announced a multi-year agreement covering use of the Definiens image analysis solution for the ProMark™ prostate cancer prognostic test. ProMark™ is a multiplex immunofluorescence […]

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“John, you’re a Timex watch in a digital age”

| November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Very interesting post related to thoughts over many years and image analysis courtesy of Jim Diamond over at PathXL’s blog in their piece entitled “Has Image Analysis made it into Modern Pathology?” or what should have been called “John, you’re a Timex watch in a digital age”. Has image analysis made it into modern pathology? Read below for […]

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