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February 2012 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

The Value of Healthcare IT
February 29, 2012 8:34 AM by Lynn
Having just returned from HIMSS, I’m still revved by the exciting technologies and movement in the healthcare IT industry. Mobility seemed to be a reoccurring theme, as well as longevity and the ability to adapt to regulations and changing paradigms. Read More...
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Would YOU Eat a Lab Burger?
February 28, 2012 9:25 AM by Valerie Newitt
Dutch scientists expect to be able to grill their first hamburger using meat grown in a laboratory this autumn, the professor in charge of the project, Mark Post, told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this month. Dutch Read More...
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HIMSS Final Day: HIMSSanity (It's a Good Thing)
February 24, 2012 10:52 AM by Kelly Bocich
As HIMSS 2012 wraps up, I must say I am really impressed with how active attendees have been online and what a great job the conference organizers did at connecting attendees, exhibitors and those of us who were watching the conversation from a distance. Read More...
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Deadline Extended
February 23, 2012 3:49 PM by Kerri Penno
This year, National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) will be celebrated Apr. 22-28. ADVANCE proudly celebrates National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week by holding our annual Laboratory Professional and Laboratory of the Year contests. Read More...
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Santorum’s Incomplete View of Prenatal Testing
February 21, 2012 8:15 AM by Valerie Newitt
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, a current frontrunner in the Republican race for presidential candidacy, suggested on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that prenatal testing is done primarily to identify genetic disorders and therefore leads to abortions. Read More...
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Live Tweeting from HIMSS: Day 1
February 20, 2012 2:21 PM by Kelly Bocich
I must admit--I'm a little distracted in the office today due to the well-used #HIMSS12 hashtag on Twitter! Attendees of the Health Information Management Systems Society Annual Meeting are keeping the rest of the world informed about what's happening Read More...
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Heading to HIMSS?
February 17, 2012 1:32 PM by Kelly Bocich
Are you heading to Las Vegas next week for the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting? ADVANCE will be on the scene, and we're looking forward to discovering the latest software and technology being developed to improve healthcare Read More...
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Startling News or Common Sense?
February 15, 2012 9:52 AM by Lynn
The Annals of Internal Medicine this week published a report that lends weight to the benefits of school closure during a flu pandemic. Not only did this help reduce transmission among school-age children, but it also seemed to slow the spread to others Read More...
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Are Laboratories Feeling the Love?
February 14, 2012 8:38 AM by Valerie Newitt
A Valentine's Day question: Does your lab get an adequate dose of "love" from your facility, the healthcare industry or the general public in response to the huge role diagnostics plays in patient outcomes? Most likely it's a case of out of sight, out Read More...
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A Healthier Society?
February 9, 2012 4:41 PM by Kerri Penno
We've been hearing about the rise of consumer driven healthcare and personalized medicine for years. Healthcare teams are working together to treat patients' individual illnesses, as opposed to broad-spectrum approaches to disease. Patients are seeking Read More...
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Companion Diagnostics
February 8, 2012 9:28 AM by Lynn
‘Companion diagnostics’ is a term that’s been in the news recently as more drug/big pharma and diagnostic developers partner to focus on technical/scientific advances in predictive biomarker identifications and development and subsequent commercialization. Read More...
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Do You See What I See?
February 7, 2012 9:26 AM by Valerie Newitt
Here's an opportunity you might like to share with your staff -- especially those with a creative eye. The National Science Foundation is sounding a call for entries in its 2012 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, which opens Read More...
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Ethical Issues in the Lab
February 3, 2012 3:18 PM by Kelly Bocich
What kind of ethical issues have you been faced with in the lab? Have you struggled with the best way to handle difficult situations? On Tuesday, Feb. 7, we'll be hosting a webinar to discuss some common and not-so-common ethical issues that may arise. Read More...
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Exclusive Content
February 2, 2012 3:18 PM by Kerri Penno
ADVANCE wants to reward our loyal community of readers. We've gathered an exclusive collection of resources, spotlights and tools you won't find anywhere else. We'll continue compiling valuable information accessible only by ADVANCE members. Not yet a Read More...
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Celebrate Your Staff
February 1, 2012 11:22 AM by Lynn
Although National Medical Laboratory Professionals week is two months away, I hope by now your plans to celebrate the teamwork, dedication and achievements of your staff are well under way. (If not, be sure to check out the special NMLPW on our web site Read More...
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