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ChatGPT and Healthcare

BeaconLBS November 27, 2023

As discussed previously, AI technologies have the capability to enhance healthcare and improve patient outcomes. There is a technology that stands alone in its promise to disrupt and change healthcare called ChatGPT. Although there are similar proprietary technologies, ChatGPT (Generative Pretrained Transformer) currently has received an enormous amount of press and scrutiny in the mainstream […]

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An Overview of Current Healthcare Technology

BeaconLBS October 31, 2023

Healthcare and laboratory medicine continue to improve upon existing technologies and introduce new innovations to improve patient care. Indeed, healthcare technology allows for increased efficiency, reduces human errors, and can also enhance patient satisfaction. Historically, upgrades to health technology have been relatively slow and fragmented. It is very difficult to broadly execute technological innovations within […]

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Lung Cancer

BeaconLBS August 14, 2023

Lung cancer ranks as the world’s most prevalent and the third most common cancer in the US, with a staggering 238,000 new cases anticipated in 2023.

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Interview with Dr. Dorothy Adcock

BeaconLBS June 8, 2023

Dr. Dorothy Adcock, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Senior Vice President (SVP), was first introduced in a previous article. However, we wanted to take an opportunity for her to share her professional journey and discuss specific insights about her career as a physician, research scientist, and industry executive.

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Thyroid Testing Overutilization – Possible Solutions

BeaconLBS September 16, 2022

Data suggests there is quite a bit of variability among providers regarding thyroid testing, and some may not follow ordering guidelines. Unnecessary lab testing in general, is a waste of precious time, resources, and can lead to patient harm.

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BeaconLBS July 29, 2022

The overuse of antibiotics for nonbacterial infections, such as viral infections, can lead to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Resistance can also develop when patients take antibiotics for too long a duration. Optimizing antibiotic use contributes to antimicrobial stewardship, which is treating the patient with right drug, dose, and duration.

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COVID-19 and Mental Health

BeaconLBS June 21, 2022

When the pandemic was declared in March of 2020, much of the focus was on mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and developing vaccines. Radical lockdowns and disruptions were created to slow the spread of the disease. However, these unprecedented responses have had a detrimental impact on mental health.

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Solutions to Redundant Laboratory Testing

BeaconLBS February 8, 2022

It is estimated that about 20% of all lab testing ordered in the United States is unnecessary. Furthermore, some testing is even underutilized. These ordering errors may cause patient harm.

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