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What’s Your Lab Doing about IQCP?
October 8, 2014 9:41 AM by Glen McDaniel
Why do we run quality control in the laboratory? The simple, obvious answer is to ensure that the entire test system working together is able to produce reliable results. The rub lies in the concept of reliability. So we run QC based on manufacturer’s Read More...
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Labs Need to Embrace m-Health
February 2, 2014 5:24 PM by Glen McDaniel
We have all got fairly used to the concept of e-healthcare in recent years. It is the odd healthcare organization, laboratory or physician office that depends mostly on paper records anymore. From legibility to patient safety to access to patient information Read More...
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How Secure is Your Medical Information?
June 16, 2013 3:08 PM by Glen McDaniel
Two of the most bandied-around concepts in healthcare are those of privacy and confidentiality. Even before HIPAA mandated measures to ensure that health information be safeguarded, medical professionals felt ethically bound not to disclose medical information Read More...
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Imagine Printing Inventory on Demand
May 25, 2013 8:50 PM by Glen McDaniel
Technology has changed exponentially in recent years. Just consider the apps available on your smart phone today compared to what was available just 5 or ten short years ago. In fact the term disruptive technology was coined to describe any new technology Read More...
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Disruptive Technologies of 2013
February 17, 2013 2:34 PM by Glen McDaniel
Most of us with our smart phone and tablets and wireless cable boxes do not generally think of technology as being disruptive or being a bad thing. Disruptive generally suggests annoyance or interruption like a traffic jam or electrical outage that throw Read More...
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Speed Kills
December 9, 2012 10:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
As clinical laboratorians we are taught the importance of the information we provide for clinical decision making. Technology has made it possible to use small sample sizes to generate "numbers" in a very short period of time. Sometimes physicians (and Read More...
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Lay Off the PSA, USA Medical Panel Advises
May 21, 2012 10:58 PM by Glen McDaniel
The US Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that healthy men should not be routinely screened with the PSA test. There has been a buzz that this decision was in the offing for several years now, so the final ruling is not a surprise to many. Read More...
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Explaining Normal Blood Sugar Isn't Always Easy
May 13, 2012 8:05 PM by Glen McDaniel
I have the dubious honor of being the medical go to person for friends and family when it comes to medical questions. Over the years I have taken the responsibility more seriously and regarded it as less of a burden. Being in healthcare administration Read More...
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Jargon Can be Annoying and Confusing
February 29, 2012 11:25 AM by Glen McDaniel
Jargon has always been used and does have its place in our communication. Just imagine if a physician wrote out the full name of every test, procedure and medication for every patient very time. In medical lab science where would we be without QC, CBC, Read More...
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Lab Results on Your Smart Phone ?
January 8, 2012 4:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
With the increased use of the smartphone for everything from browsing the Internet to taking pictures, it is entirely reasonable that in the very near future, it will be a common practice to receive laboratory results and other medical information from Read More...
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Keep up With ASCLS and AACC Through Social Media
July 25, 2011 5:18 PM by Glen McDaniel
Most of us, and some more than others, broadcast our every move to friends and family using social networking sites like Facebook. But what's a person to when they want to keep up with their favorite professional organization-or professional colleagues? Read More...
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What's Your Take on Facebook?
December 16, 2010 2:05 PM by Glen McDaniel
Time magazine has selected Facebook founder Mark Elliot Zuckerberg as its Person of the Year 2010. The magazine explained it selected the 26 year old Zuckerberg for his role in connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations Read More...
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CPOE Misses Errors
December 18, 2008 9:05 AM by Glen McDaniel
Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is touted as a major improvement in patient safety, primarily as a result of the Institute of Medicine's 1999 report on medical errors. As a direct result of this initiative a consortium of companies called the Read More...
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Spit Happens
November 3, 2008 10:41 AM by Glen McDaniel
I was speaking to a lady at a party recently and she mentioned her sister had "a bunch of saliva tests" done, and one of them indicated she was at risk for Sjögren's syndrome , an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system cells attack the saliva- Read More...
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Americans Use Internet for Health Information
September 24, 2008 8:48 AM by Glen McDaniel
According to a recent study by the Center for Studying Health System Change , Americans are increasingly using the Internet to get health information. In 2007, almost 58 percent of the U.S. population--or more than 122 million people--sought health information Read More...
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