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The Dark Report

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The Dark Report [1] is a website that provides business intelligence to executive leaders, pathologists, and managers in the laboratory testing industry. It is produced by the DARK Intelligence Group, Inc., a private company that was founded in 1995 with headquarters in Spicewood, Texas, United States.



The Dark Report delivers news, analysis, and commentary about the management and operation of medical laboratories, clinical laboratories, pathology laboratories, anatomic pathology groups, and pathology practices It covers developments in clinical diagnostics and molecular diagnostics. It tracks events involving in vitro diagnostics (IVD) companies, genetic testing companies, information technology companies serving the clinical lab profession, and new companies with genetic tests, companion diagnostics, and pharmacogenomics assays. Editor-In-Chief Robert L. Michel [2] is an authority on clinical laboratory management and pathology laboratory operations.

The Dark Report

(Library of Congress ISSN 1097-2919)

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  • Issued every third Monday, The Dark Report [4] has published since September 1995. It delivers assessments of the lab testing industry, for laboratory CEOs, COOs, CFOs, senior executives, and pathologists. It is a paid membership subscription service. It provides news and analysis of events in the laboratory testing industry. Members and clients of The Dark Report range from executives at laboratory companies around the world to leaders at IVD In vitro diagnostics and information technology companies.

    Dark Daily

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  • Dark Daily [6] is a national and international e-briefing service for people involved in the management of clinical laboratories and pathology laboratories. E-briefings [7] are distributed electronically four or five times each week. It is free to any individual who subscribes at the web site Established in September 2006, the top 10 countries by number of subscribers are United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India, Ireland, Germany, Spain, and France.

    Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management

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  • A two-day gathering on clinical laboratory and pathology management, every spring the Executive War College attracts five to six hundred senior-level lab executives, administrators, pathologists, Ph.D.s, and managers from around the world. The Executive War College [9] was founded in 1996.

    Lab Quality Confab on Quality Management in Diagnostic Medicine

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  • This is a conference devoted to the use of Lean Six Sigma, ISO 9001, ISO 15189 [11] and similar quality management systems in clinical laboratories, pathology laboratories, and hospitals. Lab Quality Confab [12] attracts an international audience of laboratory professionals and pathologists. More than 60 speakers and sessions conducted over a three-day period give participant’s insights and laboratory/hospital case studies of successes with Lean and Six Sigma techniques.

    Clinical Laboratory Management Library and Resource Center

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  • At the web site for Dark Daily [15] is a library of clinical laboratory management information and resources. This includes white papers [16] and reports authored by industry experts about clinical laboratory management and pathology management and operations. There are audio conference transcripts and recordings, as well as streaming video of experts in clinical laboratory management and pathology operations. An archive of Dark Daily e-briefings [17] is available, dating back to the beginning of the service in September 2006.

    Strategic Consulting Services

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  • Principals of The Dark Report provided consulting services [19] to clinical laboratories, pathology groups, hospitals, health systems, and vendors to the laboratory testing industry.

    International Conferences in Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Management

    -The Dark Report is a co-producer and participant in international conferences in pathology and clinical laboratory management.

    Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine

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  • An annual event since 2002, Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine (FiLM) has been conducted in the United Kingdom. It is co-founded and co-produced by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB)[21] and The Dark Report [22]. FiLM has been recognized as a forum for innovation in pathology testing by progressive laboratories in the National Health Service (NHS)[23].

    Executive Edge

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  • For laboratory executives, senior administrators, and pathologists in Canada, Executive Edge [25] was established in 2005. It is co-produced by QSE Consulting [26] and The Dark Report [27]. Conducted biannually in the fall in Toronto, Executive Edge is a resource to the pathology and clinical laboratory management profession in Canada.

    The Business of Pathology

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  • First conducted in 2007 The Business of Pathology (TBOP)[29] takes place in Australia. It is co-produced by the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB)[30] and The Dark Report [31]. It brings together leaders in pathology and clinical laboratory testing to address issues in the management and operation of pathology laboratories in Australia and Pacific Rim countries. It takes place biannually in the fall.

    Company history

    The DARK Report[32] was founded in 1995 by Publisher and Editor-In-Chief Robert L. Michel [33], with R. Lewis Dark as Publisher Emeritus. It is a management intelligence service for executives and leaders in the laboratory testing industry. The DARK Report gives intelligence assessment of trends and market developments in clinical diagnostics.

    The DARK Report website network

  • References

    The Dark Report Wikipedia

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