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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Celebrating Differences
July 26, 2015 3:56 PM by Glen McDaniel
There are differences all around us: at work, in society, and even in our own family or circle of friends. We tend to focus on the differences a lot. Just look at the news and see how all of societal ills are being blamed on those who are different from Read More...
More Negative Press for the Laboratory
May 17, 2015 1:58 PM by Glen McDaniel
A little while ago I wrote a blog in which I referred to a great, balanced, intelligent article written about the medical laboratory and printed in The US News and World Report. That article was remarkable by its rarity. I asked my readers to respond Read More...
When Is it OK to Mention Your Employer on Social Media?
April 17, 2015 9:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
It goes without saying that we live in the world of social media. I am not ashamed to say (maybe I should be) that this not-so-young guy spends way too much time online. Among friends of my generation, I am the go-to guru for interpretation of social Read More...
Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
April 17, 2015 8:12 PM by Glen McDaniel
It's time of year again we celebrate and acknowledge Medical Laboratory professionals (technicians, scientists, specialists, pathologists and others). The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) website has a very concise history of this Read More...
CAP Q-Probe Looks at Physician Satisfaction with the Laboratory
March 29, 2015 4:49 PM by Glen McDaniel
A recent College of American Pathologists (CAP) Q-Probe investigated the level of physician satisfaction with what the laboratory has to offer. I always find satisfaction surveys instructive and this one was no exception. This Q-Probe is certainly not Read More...
Time for More Virtual Meetings Using AvailableTechnology
March 22, 2015 1:47 PM by Glen McDaniel
This is the time of year when the major medical laboratory organizations hold their national meetings. These gatherings are a great opportunity for laboratorians to get together with their professional colleagues from around the country and also to listen Read More...
The Laboratory’s Expanded Role in Managing Kidney Disease
February 22, 2015 4:30 PM by Glen McDaniel
Kidney disease is one of the most significant chronic ailments affecting Americans. Renal disease is often a sequela of one of several maladies that plague Americans: diabetes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, autoimmune disease, polycystic kidney disease Read More...
Laboratory Inspectors: Using Peers Versus Employees of the Agency
February 15, 2015 3:39 PM by Glen McDaniel
I was speaking to a group of laboratorians including a pathologist, and the conversation turned to laboratory inspections. At first everyone was on the same page: inspections are a necessary evil in the sense that it is important to have some neutral Read More...


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