Lab Testing Online: Witness The Growth in Patient Centered Medical Care

Over the past twenty-five years, we have seen increasing consumer involvement in the health care decisions affecting themselves and their loved ones. Witness the growth of Patient-Centered Medical Care and Medical Homes as having accelerated collaboration between patients and providers. In...

Serologic Diagnosis Advances for Rapidly Diagnosing Lyme Disease

For the past 25 years, the recommendation for Lyme Disease testing has been a two-test methodology, enzyme immunoassay (EIA) or immunofluorescence test followed by a western immunoblot assay performed on those specimens yielding a positive or equivocal Lyme Disease EIA result.

9 Tips for Eye Safety in the Clinical Laboratory

Recently I was reviewing safety in the clinical laboratory and during the review came across several excellent articles on eye safety.  I would like to share with you some of the information I reviewed. 

How Commercial Drones are Expanding Medical Care


Before discussing this topic I would like to share with you a great way you can help out the next generation of medical laboratory professionals. This back to school season, join COLA Inc. in donating to the GiveBack365 Scholarship program. This program has helped numerous students complete...

5 Need-to-Know Points On Candida Auris

Before discussing this topic I would like to share with you COLA’s revitalized direction and continued commitment to the field of clinical laboratory medicine.  Cola, Inc. is more passionate than ever to provide current information and best practice resources to ensure quality patient care.  To...

4 Ways To Protect Patient Health Information

An excellent article recently appeared in G2 Compliance Advisor, published by Plain language Media, concerning policies needed to prevent laboratory employee Personal Health Information (PHI) breeches.   The article makes the valid point that many PHI issues can be traced to an employee action. ...

The 71st AACC Scientific Meeting and Clinical Expo

 The 2019 71st AACC Scientific Meeting and Clinical Expo has been a wonderful educational experience.  Meeting topics have focused all areas of Laboratory Medicine from data analytics, to genomics, infectious diseases and a host of other broad areas. 

What To Do Now That The CDC Alerted on Shortage TB Skin Test Antigen Materials

The CDC recently sent an alert of an anticipated nationwide shortage of Aplisol, one of the two purified-protein derivative (PPD) tuberculin antigens used in tuberculin skin tests (TST) in the diagnosis of tuberculosis.  The shortage could last for up to ten months.