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April 25, 2022

One hundred years ago, less than 50% of hospitals had a laboratory. Today, 7 billion lab tests are performed annually in the United States. Laboratory medicine has evolved from an overlooked and underutilized resource to an expansive, complex, and vitally important field for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of many conditions.

Advancements in diagnostic testing have made it possible to use machine learning to predict patient risk and cloud computing and bioinformatics technology to deliver more precise results faster, but there are far more developments coming down the pipeline. Laboratory medicine is set to make even more advances in personalized testing and treatment, improve predictions of drug-resistant strains and patient treatment response, and more. Check out the following podcast episodes, articles, and educational resources below for insights on what may be possible in the future.

  1. LabMind Podcast

An Interview With Dr. Adam Barker: A Look Into the Future of Lab Medicine

From personalized cancer treatment to prediction of drug resistance in HIV strains, the ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology® is pursuing the future of diagnostic medicine. In this LabMind podcast episode, Adam Barker, PhD, chief scientific officer at ARUP, discusses how scientists are prioritizing the practical needs of patients and their providers.

Listen to this podcast for a look into the future of lab medicine.

  1. Utah NeoSeq Project: Whole Genome Sequencing Provides Rapid Diagnosis of Genetic Disorders in Critically Ill Newborns

For one tiny patient born without a diaphragm in a rare condition known as congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), the Utah NeoSeq project provided a diagnosis when it mattered most. Researchers used advancements in genetic sequencing technology to simultaneously compare a trio of DNA samples from the baby and both parents to shorten the time span to diagnosis from weeks or months to just 72 hours.

Learn how advancements in testing saved Nevaeh’s life.

Want to learn more about how ARUP is driving the future of lab medicine? Access the full edition of Magnify 2022.

  1. A Century of Hospital Laboratory Stewardship

By Andrew Fletcher, MD, MBA, CPE, CHCQM, FCAP

For the 100th anniversary of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Andrew Fletcher, medical director of ARUP Healthcare Advisory Services, examines the history of laboratory medicine and how it has evolved into a prolific and critical resource for providers.

Read the article.

  1. Learn From the Experts: Continuing Education

ARUP offers a comprehensive catalog of more than 300 video lectures, spotlight videos, and podcasts and is a definitive resource for continuing education credit. Content is created by ARUP’s medical directors, who are also faculty members at the University of Utah School of Medicine, along with other experts in laboratory medicine. Our online courses offer insight, in-depth analysis, and practical knowledge on the most relevant and emerging topics in laboratory medicine.

Here are some highlights from our recent and most popular video lectures and podcasts:

Video Lectures

Podcast Episodes

  1. MLS Faculty & Student Resource Center

As laboratory medicine continues to evolve, it’s vitally important to prepare the next generation of medical laboratory scientists with the skills they will need to thrive in a dynamic laboratory environment. The MLS Faculty & Student Resource Center provides free video lectures, how-to videos, and tutorials on emerging topics and technologies to enhance student learning.

Featured Resource: Automated Microbiology Series

This video series shows examples of innovative processes in microbiology and their impact on lab workflow and patient care.

Explore all available MLS resources.


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