Nearly 10 years after completion of the Human Genome Project, whole-genome and next-generation sequencing technologies are edging into clinical practice, and someday will be the norm. As they make their way into routine patient care, these technologies will revolutionize healthcare.
This year, more than 120 companies came to Los Angeles to showcase POC products at the AACC Clinical Lab Expo, and the buzz about POC spilled over into sessions at the AACC Annual Meeting. Speakers covered many POC topics, including the explosion of technology and where future opportunities lie.
In the U.S., HCV is the most common chronic blood-borne infection and most frequent indication for liver transplant. Until researchers develop an effective vaccine against it, improved laboratory tests for diagnosis and disease management will be vital in the effort to slow the spread of HCV infection and its consequences.
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In this interview, Nikola Baumann, PhD, director of the Central Clinical Laboratory and Central Processing at the Mayo Clinic, shares advice on how labs can best handle system-wide errors that impact multiple patients.
By using the Just Culture method, lab leaders can improve the way they deal with laboratory errors and enhance communication between all involved parties.
In the outpatient setting, patients can avoid lab testing errors by following these seven tips.
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