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What We Could Learn from Pharmacists
June 25, 2016 8:34 PM by Glen McDaniel
I know our profession is unique and cannot be identically modeled off any other profession. However in both my personal and professional lives I often try to learn lessons and draw parallels from observations around me. I have been in this profession Read More...
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Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2016
April 24, 2016 3:42 PM by Glen McDaniel
It's that time of year again, when we celebrate and acknowledge Medical Laboratory Professionals (technicians, scientists, specialists, pathologists and others). I receive a lot of email and read several misleading posts about "Lab Week." So I am essentially Read More...
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New Laboratorian Excited About Profession
March 26, 2016 5:09 PM by Glen McDaniel
As our profession ages and many of us lumber towards retirement, it is often hard to be optimistic. Many are burnt out and never miss an opportunity to tell those just entering the profession what a mistake they are making. I monitor social media quite Read More...
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Laboratorians DO Influence How We are Perceived
March 20, 2016 7:19 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago the physician group American Osteopathic Association (AOA) which represents osteopathic physicians (they use the credential DO instead of MD) embarked on a branding campaign for their profession. Some clever marketer decided to use the Read More...
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Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 2.
February 21, 2016 4:00 PM by Glen McDaniel
Clinical laboratorians sometimes complain, “Well, they didn’t ask the lab!” As someone who has held administrative positions outside the laboratory, I noticed very quickly that the lab was not present at the table for many decisions. Having come from Read More...
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Do We Practice What We Preach? Part 1.
January 31, 2016 4:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
Well today is my birthday and it's making me a little retrospective. As you all know I am not about making big resolutions based on the day or date; such as New Year's. However I did think back over my professional life today: what I have done, what impact Read More...
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What's Your One Word Resolution for the New Year?
December 31, 2015 6:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
It's that time of year again. I could hardly believe it when I was leaving work today and someone made the inevitable never-stale comment, "Well, I wont see you until next year." Today is really the last day of a very interesting and eventful year. Starting Read More...
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Theranos Under Regulatory Microscope
December 22, 2015 8:04 PM by Glen McDaniel
Theranos has been in the news and has garnered both bouquets and brickbats because of its proprietary technology as well as its business model. This company started by wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes and valued in the billions uses small samples of blood Read More...
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French Hospitals Respond to Terrorist Attack
November 16, 2015 9:16 PM by Glen McDaniel
Through a friend in Paris, I was able to speak briefly with a medical lab scientist at the American Hospital of Paris . I was interested in getting an overview of how the hospital, particularly the lab, responded in the hours directly after the massacre Read More...
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Labs Have a Role in Fighting Diagnostic Error
November 14, 2015 10:58 AM by Glen McDaniel
In 1999 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published that seminal report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. We can all recite the much-quoted statistics that medical errors result in between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths in this country each and Read More...
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Miss America and Nurses and Medical Lab Scientists
September 19, 2015 3:29 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few days ago during the Miss America televised pageant one of the contestants, Kelley Johnson representing Colorado, presented a somewhat unique “talent.” Instead of singing or dancing or twirling a baton, Johnson, a registered nurse, came on stage Read More...
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Has Theranos Passed the Sniff Test?
September 12, 2015 3:10 PM by Glen McDaniel
Just a few short years ago healthcare technology company Theranos burst on the scene. This company founded by a non-scientist college dropout Elizabeth Holmes is now a billion-dollar success story. Holmes’ differentiating edge is to make lab tests available Read More...
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Are You Ready for ICD-10?
September 7, 2015 4:07 PM by Glen McDaniel
Come October 1 st , 2015 Medicare will only accept claims (with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015) if they have a valid ICD-10 code. Is your lab ready to meet that directive? Clinical laboratories are required to submit accurate and complete Read More...
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Why are Pharmacists Practicing Medicine?
August 30, 2015 6:31 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few days ago I was speaking to a physician, an ID specialist, who shared how frustrated he was with, as he put it, “pharmacists telling us how to practice medicine.” He is a member of a healthcare organization which, like many today, has a fairly specific Read More...
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AACC Issues Position Statement on Personalized Medicine
August 8, 2015 10:14 PM by Glen McDaniel
The AACC recently issued a position statement on personalized medicine(PM). Much has been written about the emergence of a more individualized approach to medicine. Patients often present with a variety of symptoms for the same disease and react differently Read More...
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