by SEKISUI DIAGNOSTICS
For patients and physicians alike, it may feel like we’re bombarded with flu warnings from all sides, especially after the brutal 2017-2018 flu season. Walk into almost any drug store or grocery store and you’ll see signs advertising that flu shots are available. Clinicians likely have signs in the waiting room reminding you to get your vaccination, and once the season starts, cable news will certainly report on the severity of the virus this year.
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.