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Expo Cannabis 2019: What’s New in the Cannabis Healthcare Landscape

With cannabis now legalized in Canada, research into the beneficial effects of cannabinoids and terpenes is growing across the country. I was recently at Expo...

Beyond Bitcoin: How Blockchain is Helping Make Healthcare Safer

In 2018, the term “Blockchain” was one of the most searched terms by scientists on Google.1 This technology first appeared ten years earlier as the...

Patient Safety: Labeling Syringes in the Clinic

Syringes are one of the most integral tools of any medical institution.  Primarily used for injectable medications, they are critical to proper patient care,...

How Swiss Cheese Can Help You Avoid Errors in the Lab

Errors occur every day in healthcare institutions and research facilities. Medical lab errors can be very costly, setting hospitals back hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars...

How to Safely Discard Sensitive Information on Labels

In both clinical and research labs, it is often necessary to label material or equipment with sensitive information. This can include patient information or...

Artificial Intelligence in the Clinic: Separating Fact from Fiction

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a popular topic ever since it was introduced in 1956 by John McCarthy. It quickly captured the imagination of...

Multi-omics Mislabeling Challenge, Sponsored by the FDA

A crowd-sourced, entirely cloud-based challenge, with the aim of developing and assessing new algorithms capable of identifying and correcting mislabeled samples using multi-omics data. Mislabeling...

The Scope of Labeling Errors in the Clinic – Part 2

Healthcare institutions tend to use diverse systems for labeling specimens, each incorporating fail-safes at different levels of collection and processing. Many hospitals practice the Swiss cheese...

Why Legalization Matters for Cannabis Research in Canada

Canada has recently passed new legislation legalizing cannabis throughout the country. Lineups at government-regulated stores were seen all over the country, with people eagerly...

The Scope of Labeling Errors in the Clinic – Part 1

Studying the real-time effects of labeling errors in the lab is extremely difficult. Billions of patient specimens, including blood and urine samples, as well...

The Importance of Labeling in Clinical Trials

The continued globalization of clinical trials has created a new set of strategic, administrative, and linguistic challenges. This is in addition to the progressively...

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Sterilization Packaging & Labeling Requirements

There are several types of sterilization packaging systems on the market today. These containers are designed to maintain the sterility of the contained items...

Lean Principles to Improve Turnaround Times in the COVID-19 Era

Prior to COVID-19, labs were already having difficulty improving turnaround times and optimizing workflow; the pandemic is pushing the system to the brink with...

DRMs Limit the Possibilities of Sample Identification

The idea of restricting access to a product is not new; many companies employ various tools and methods to do just that in an...

Top 10 Lab Fails of 2022

After a long hiatus, our lab fails contest is back! Though it’s been a rough couple of years living through the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s...