CMS decision on NGS coverage is a big step forward for patients and laboratories

By Jeff Schreier, Senior Director, Marketing and Robert Feeney, Marketing Director, Global Lab Relations, Diaceutics.  A hurdle has just been cleared for patients and the laboratories who serve them. On March 16, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a National Coverage Determination (NCD) that covers diagnostic laboratory tests using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for […]

CAR T-cell therapy: the cost and payment code conundrum

CAR T-cell therapy is making headlines, mainly for being a groundbreaking and life-saving approach to treat particular types of cancer and rare diseases, including childhood leukemia, but also for its very high price tag. CAR T-cell therapy (chimeric antigen receptor) extracts a patient’s immune cells, genetically engineers them to fight cancer cells, and then reintroduces […]

Diaceutics, Intel and Lenovo advance patient care using AI and workstations powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors

Collaboration will help to organize and categorize patient testing data using artificial intelligence It is a revolutionary method which could help to identify new patient subsets The aim is to further improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients Since it was established, Diaceutics has focused on removing barriers to diagnostic test adoption and plans to […]

It’s a boy! Now where’s that genetic testing kit? 

In a big step forward for early diagnostic use, US company Sema4 has begun offering a newborn genetic screening kit that analyses 166 genes for 193 disorders and 38 common pediatric diseases. Sema4 is a “health information company founded on the idea that more information, deeper analysis, and increased engagement will improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.” To coincide with Rare Disease Day (28 February, 2018) we […]

Could Crohn’s disease treatment become more precise?

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract and can cause symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhoea, bleeding, joint pain, mouth sores, fatigue and weight loss. The cause is unknown but bacteria and the immune system are implicated and there is often a family connection. Factors such as genetics, stress, viruses or smoking are also linked. The disease is more prevalent […]

Drive-through diagnostic testing?

A story in the UK press on 21 November 2017, Cancer tests in supermarket car parks in bid to boost detection rates, elicited the comment from Diaceutics of “Now that’s progress!” Our vision is that better testing leads to better patient outcomes and earlier diagnosis in the patient journey is a big part of that. […]