As veteran readers of this blog will know, I have devoted a number of previous notes to the topic of the merger/convergence of pathology and lab medicine with radiology. My first note on this topic was published on October 23, 2006, and entitled: Ten Reasons for Merging Pathology/Lab Medicine with Radiology. Dave Hickey, Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Planning, Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics, delivered a lecture at Robert Michel's 12th annual Executive War College in Miami Beach, on May 10-11, 2007. Here is a link to the overall agenda for this conference. Dave's lecture was devoted to this same "convergence" topic and was very highly regarded by those in attendance. With his permission, I now provide his lecture in PDF format for your review and analysis (see: Full Service Diagnostics: The Coming Convergence of Imaging, Informatics, and In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD). It's a big file so you will need to give it time to download.
I suspect that you will find this lecture so comprehensive and full of stimulating ideas that you will be unable to absorb all of its content at one sitting. This was certainly my reaction to it. I intend to use it as the basis for future notes in Lab Soft News. However, for the purposes of this specific note, I would like to concentrate on an idea contained in the lecture title: full services diagnostics.
Both GE Medical and Siemens Medical has been responsible for developing a new vocabulary to describe the new mode of healthcare delivery that is now emerging. The former company coined and helped popularize the term early health model and the latter did the same for the term molecular medicine. I also comment on some of the fundamental ideas about this new approach to healthcare in one of my previous notes (see: The Future of Medicine and, Therefore, of Pathology and Lab Medicine). Dave Hickey now adds to this list of new terms with his use of the term full service diagnostics to refer to the integrated range of services that would be provided by a combined department of pathology and radiology. I have referred to such a hypothetical merged department as a Department of Diagnostic Medicine in previous notes.