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Alere Informatics Launches RALS® Connectivity System for Physician Office Labs and Medical Practice

RALS-Pathway designed to connect the devices used in office labs everyday

 

Charlottesville, VA – Alere Informatics has announced the launch of an all-new RALS system to provide data management for diagnostic testing devices used in physician office labs (POLs) and medical practices. RALS-Pathway addresses the need to reduce manual data entry and potential transcription errors, and is based on the same RALS system used in nearly 60% of hospitals throughout the U.S. to manage point-of-care testing programs.

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Transition from EQC to IQCP: What it means to Physician Office Laboratories

On January 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new alternative Quality Control (QC) option for non-waived laboratory testing. CLIA laboratories can now begin to voluntarily transition away from Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) and begin using either the default CLIA Quality Control (QC) requirement, or the new option called the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP). Physician Office Laboratories (POLs) will now have to determine if IQCP is the right choice for them.

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Edition 3: Selecting New Chemistry Instrumentation for the POL

Assessing new chemistry instrumentation can be a daunting task. There are numerous things to consider when you begin to look at the different products available in the POL market. As every lab situation is different, some items may be more important than others to each laboratory.

Most laboratories will base a large part of their decision on cost. Typically vendors will present a proposal based upon the cost of the instrument and cost per test. When a vendor calculates cost per test they divide the cost of the reagent pack or cartridge with the number of tests it contains. This is not the same as cost per reportable which takes into account all factors involved to report a test. These factors include personnel salaries, operational costs (rent, electricity, LIS), reagent waste, repeat testing, proficiency testing and service contracts after year one. All of these additional items may affect profitability and should be included in your assessment…(Read More Here)

Edition 3: Selecting New Chemistry Instrumentation for the POL

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Assessing new chemistry instrumentation can be a daunting task. There are numerous things to consider when you begin to look at the different products available in the POL market. As every lab situation is different, some items may be more important than others to each laboratory.

Most laboratories will base a large part of their decision on cost. Typically vendors will present a proposal based upon the cost of the instrument and cost per test. When a vendor calculates cost per test they divide the cost of the reagent pack or cartridge with the number of tests it contains. This is not the same as cost per reportable which takes into account all factors involved to report a test. These factors include personnel salaries, operational costs (rent, electricity, LIS), reagent waste, repeat testing, proficiency testing and service contracts after year one. All of these additional items may affect profitability and should be included in your assessment.

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