November 2007 Clinical Laboratory News: Volume 33, Number 11



The Groundwork for the National Electronic Health Record System

What Pitfalls Lie Ahead as Test Results Go Digital?

By Julie McDowell

As federal efforts to fulfill President Bush’s national health IT agenda move forward, clinical laboratory leaders are warning of the potential pitfalls of incorporating test results into electronic health records.

Gene Expression Profile Tests for Breast Cancer Recurrence

Do They Inform Treatment Decisions?

By Deborah Levenson


Gene expression profiles may help identify early-stage breast cancer patients who may benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy, yet oncologists are not always sure what to do with the data.


The Changing Testing Paradigm

Part 1
By Alan T. Remaley, MD, PHD, and G. Russell Warnick, MS, MBA


New knowledge is challenging the testing paradigm for HDL-C, a highly utilized test to assess patients’ risk of CHD. Part 1 of this article describes the atherogenic properties of HDL, the current understanding of the composition of HDL particles, and the status of lab measurements of HDL.

Improvement in Healthcare Quality Slowed in 2006

Groups Issue Consensus Statement on HbA1c Standardization

By Deborah Levenson


A recent consensus statement from the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and three diabetes groups calls for worldwide standardization of hemoglobin (HbA1c) test results through adoption of the IFCC reference method and notes agreement on three other principles.

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