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ATHENA trial—an interview with Thomas Lorey, MD

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June 2014—The Food and Drug Administration on April 24 approved use of the Roche Cobas HPV test as a primary standalone screen for cervical cancer in women 25 and older. CAP TODAY writer William Check, PhD, asked questions of Thomas S. Lorey, MD, medical director, TPMG Regional Reference Laboratory, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Read their questions and answers.

For a discussion of the ATHENA data on which the FDA based its decision, see Dr. Check’s June story “Data spark new directions in cervical cancer.”

Archives: HPV primary screening for cervial cancer—an interview with Ritu Nayar, MD.

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IL workshops hit hot topics at AACC

Instrumentation Laboratory is presenting two, hour-long educational sessions at the AACC’s Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo. The first will feature Ted E. Warkentin, MD, and Pau Bruguera, PhD, on clinical and laboratory aspects of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia diagnostics (register). In the other workshop, Sharon Ehrmeyer, PhD, MT(ASCP), will talk about how to develop and implement individualized quality-control plans in POC testing (register).

Video Series: The future of the lab in health care

CAP TODAY publisher Bob McGonnagle met with Orchard Software chief operating officer Curt Johnson and Orchard medical director Mick Glant, MD. A series of “roundtable discussions” was recorded and edited into a series of short videos on various topics surrounding the laboratory and informatics. Watch videos.

TEDx: Transforming diagnostics

Sylvia L. Asa, MD, PhD, reviews her role in forming a pathology “dream team” at Toronto’s University Health Network to ensure the right pathologist sees the right specimen at the right time. Flexible staffing models, hospital partnerships, and technology adoption are key to innovating in diagnostics, she says. “The new pathology is very different from the old pathology,” Dr. Asa adds. “We’ve worked together to integrate the new pathology with digital imaging to allow us to provide reports across this province and anywhere else that might need our services.” Watch the video.

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