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hc1.com® and Beckman Coulter Diagnostics Enter Strategic Partnership to Bring Innovative Healthcare Cloud Technology to Laboratories

hc1.com®, the Healthcare Relationship CloudTM company, and Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, a global leader in developing clinical diagnostic products that help advance and optimize the laboratory, announced a strategic partnership to deliver innovative technology to laboratories that turn large amounts of clinical data into actionable insights that transform how labs manage their business and their contributions to improving healthcare.

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COLA Leadership Summit Concludes with a Path Forward

COLA, the largest private accreditor of medical laboratories serving more than 8,000 across the U.S., successfully concluded its 2014 Leadership Summit in April. More than 30 thought leaders in health care, including physicians, regulators, public health experts, medical laboratory scientists, manufacturers, nurse practitioners and more gathered in San Francisco to discuss the future of laboratory medicine in the context of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The group explored the implications of the dynamics of ACA and changing payment policies on quality and learning in laboratory medicine.

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COLA: Helping Labs Prepare for the Healthcare Future

The nation’s healthcare system -- and with it, the laboratory community – is undergoing a period of tremendous change as The Affordable Care Act begins implementation and new healthcare delivery models such as The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) proliferate. With more than 70 percent of medical decisions based on lab data, laboratories are emerging as vital partners of these new healthcare teams. Labs are uniquely qualified to use the patient data they capture to provide feedback to allied health professionals that can increase efficiency and contain health-care costs while improving patient care.

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CRI-COLA's New Subsidiary Acts As Education Arm

COLA Inc., based in Columbia, MD, an independent, nonprofit laboratory CLIA-accreditation organization, accrediting more than 7,000 clinical diagnostic labs on July, 2013, launched a new education subsidiary, COLA Resources Inc. (CRI®), whose mission is to “Provide educational & consultative services aimed at improving laboratory medicine and patient care.”

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FDA Grants Diazyme 510(k) Clearance to Market Its Vitamin D Assay for Clinical Chemistry Analyzers

Diazyme Laboratories today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(K) clearance to market its Vitamin D assay for Clinical Chemistry Analyzers. In line with the rapid increasing clinical demands for testing of this important biomarker, Diazyme’s new Vitamin D assay, utilizing its femtoquantTM technology (a sensitive homogenous enzyme-immunoassay platform), provides the first fully automated Vitamin D test for use on general clinical chemistry analyzers. Diazyme’s Vitamin D assay measures total 25-hydroxy Vitamin D (sum of 25-(OH)D3 + 25-(OH)D2 ) levels.

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Burkert Pneumatic Dosing Unit

Applied and effortless simplicity of Burkert products have always been something to rely on – now we have added pure flexibility to the list of standards you can expect. The unique Pneumatic Dosing unit from Burkert – ultra precision and repeatability of fluid dosing come together with a flexible, customizable design giving you precisely the results that matter to you. Whether your world is dosing pharma media or syrup, vaccines or coffee flavors, wide ranging performance just met your changing needs.

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CRI IQCP Press Release

As a leading educator in laboratory medicine, COLA Resources Inc.’s (CRI®) goal is to continually update our education platform to reflect and support education regarding changes in regulatory requirements. The most recent regulatory changes impacting the clinical laboratory is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP) quality control interpretive guidelines. CRI®’s IQCP program is designed to assist clinical laboratories develop and implement their own individualized quality control. The program contains an innovative and intuitive software program IQCP E-Optimizer™ and an IQCP Implementation Guide.

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CRI 2014 Symposium Press Release

Attending the CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories, affords participants the opportunity to participate in discussions centered on EDUCATION FOR LABORATORY EXCELLENCE – making a positive impact for quality patient care. This year’s symposium will be held October 15-18, 2014 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL. Participants can attend a wide selection of educational sessions, earn up to 20 CME or P.A.C.E® credits, network with other healthcare professionals and visit the exhibit hall featuring the latest laboratory technology, equipment and supplies.

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