IDWeek Tackles Improved Ordering Strategies

IDWeek, the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Pediatric Infectious … [Read more...]


New Strategies Seek to Expand Genetic Counseling Capacity, Remove Workforce Constraints on Testing

Geneticists and genetic counselors are in short supply. The shortage has even been a bottleneck for expanded clinical use of large molecular panels and whole-exome sequencing, which require patient … [Read more...]


Unlocking Value in Laboratory Data

A recurring theme at G2's 35th annual Lab Institute conference (Washington D.C.; Oct. 25-27) was the central role laboratory data can play in the health care system's shift to value-based care. This … [Read more...]


Attitude Toward Inpatient Testing Frequency Varies By Provider Type

While clinicians and several professional recognize that routine laboratory testing is overused in the inpatient setting, attitudes towards testing necessity differ by health care provider type, … [Read more...]


Eliminating Creatine Kinase–Myocardial Band Testing Saves Money, Improves Quality

Creatine kinase–myocardial band (CK-MB) testing provides no incremental value to patient care, and if hospitals and emergency rooms would eliminate its use for evaluating suspected acute coronary … [Read more...]


Future of Traditional Rapid Flu Tests in Doubt as New Review Highlights Improved Performance of New Testing Technologies

With the start of the 2017-2018 flu season approaching, and the upcoming deadline for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) new minimum performance requirements, there is renewed interest in … [Read more...]


Chlamydia Testing Falls in Young Women, Following Change in Cervical Cancer Guidelines; Simultaneous Overtesting of Males Seen

Recent cervical cancer screening guideline changes are associated with reduced chlamydia testing, particularly among women aged 15 to 19 years, who are at high risk for chlamydia infection, if … [Read more...]


Annual TB Testing of Health Care Workers Not Cost Effective

Routine annual tuberculosis (TB) screening of health care workers is no longer cost effective, according to a study published May 17 in BMC Medicine. The incidence of TB is at an all-time low in the … [Read more...]

Two App Marketplaces Ramping Up Consumer Genomics Offerings

Two personal genome app marketplaces—Sequencing.com (San Francisco, Calif.) and Helix (San Carlos, Calif.)—are now up and running offering consumers a combined total of 55 products for purchase. While … [Read more...]


Celebrity Power to Drive Testing Extends Beyond ‘Angelina Jolie Effect’

The power of celebrity impacts health decisions and drives testing decisions beyond the "Angelina Jolie effect." A study published in the July issue of Prevention Science demonstrates the "Charlie … [Read more...]