COLA President’s Corner, Winter 2013

By COLA CEO Douglas Beigel The Healthcare System’s Perfect Storm You hear the term “perfect storm” a lot. It typically means that a unique alignment of circumstances has occurred, one which has the potential to produce major changes in an existing status quo. The nation’s healthcare system – and with it, the clinical laboratory community…

COLA presents scholarships to aspiring laboratorians

The COLAcares Give Back 365 program was designed to help address potential workforce shortages by educating young people about the many job opportunities that exist in laboratory science careers. Through the program COLA employees engage students in real-life case studies at local STEM fairs, speak at schools, and provide financial assistance to studying laboratory professionals.…

COLA Presenting at CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories

The annual CRI® Symposium for Clinical Laboratories is underway this week in Las Vegas, NV and COLA, a nationally-recognized, private, non-profit laboratory accreditation organization, is pleased to have been invited by CRI to present at their Symposium. Several Senior Leaders at COLA will share their expertise on several important topics related to excellence in laboratory…

COLA POSITION STATEMENT: IOM Report: IMPROVING DIAGNOSIS IN HEALTH CARE

The National Academies of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, recently published a study that concludes that “diagnostic errors – inaccurate or delayed diagnoses – persist throughout all settings of care and continue to harm an unacceptable number of patients.”  In reviewing the evidence, the committee concluded that most people will experience a diagnostic error…

COLA PARTNERS WITH HOWARD COUNTY POLICE DEPT. TO PROVIDE CRITICAL REPAIRS FOR LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNER

COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, along with Hussman Institute for Autism, teamed up with the Howard County Police Department’s for Rebuilding Day on April 23, an initiative of Rebuilding Together Howard County. The team of police, COLA and Hussman volunteers worked throughout the day…