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by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP) 

As we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, the practice of medicine continues to undergo rapid change, led by advances in molecular diagnostics and genetics, enabling the practice of personalized medicine; advances in mobile and point of care testing technology, enabling medical care in remote as well as non-traditional settings; an ever-more intensely information-driven society where ready access to one’s personal medical information  is now expected, enabling and encouraging patient involvement  in their own healthcare; and finally, change is led by the growing realization of financial constraints due to demographic changes leading to the adoption of a value-based approach to healthcare delivery.

by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP) 

The 21st-century challenge is to redesign healthcare systems to be safe, efficient, effective, timely, equitable and patient-centered. Laboratory medicine is integral to many of these objectives, involving disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management.