Rethinking Diagnostics Contracts
The nation's largest GPOs are rethinking the way they contract with diagnostics industry suppliers in light of new workstation consolidation coming on the market. Novation is considering combining immunoassay and clinical chemistry onto one contract; Premier is planning to hold a conference for members on the future of diagnostics and then a meeting of its laboratory task force to think of how to use new technologies.
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