RE: [Histonet] Ventant Benchmark

I am with you Joe. 
I have not ever been able to understand how the labs can justify spending so
much to run IHC, I guess they just pass the cost on to the patient, I can do
the same thing for about 1/100 of the cost of running an instrument like the
Ventana using an open system like the Dakoautostainer and making up a lot of
my own reagents like the buffers.  I work in research and don't have a money
cow like the patient health care system to milk.  No wonder health care
costs are so,years ago when I worked in clinical we used to do what ever we
could to try and help save the patient expense, sure doesn't seem like that
is the case anymore.  I know that understaffing, quick turn around and
untrained personnel is a big part of the problem here but come on, do you
really want someone who only knows how to apply a bar code to be running
your diagnostic IHC's?
Bring on the flaming......

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Joe Nocito
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2006 7:29 AM
To: Scott A. Ely;
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Ventant Benchmark

flaming time
How come every one talks about the reliability and walk away technology, but

no one ever talks about the price of running these machines? Shouldn't cost 
be a factor also?
I've been in budget meetings all week. The only thing I heard was how 
expensive it is to run immunos. Yeah, we have two XTs, what do you expect?

The opinions stated here are that of the author only and does not  express 
the opinions of his employer, lawyers, siblings, significant others and 
their lawyers.

Oh, by the way, I told the same thing to my Ventana Rep on Friday. He knows,

so y'all don't need to call my CEO. Y'all know who you are.

Let the flaming begin.

Histology Manager
Pathology Reference Lab
San Antonio, TX
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott A. Ely" 
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 11:58 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Ventant Benchmark

> We are considering buying some new equipment.  I would like to know who 
> uses the Ventana Benchmark
> immunostainer or other immunostainers and what you like and don't like 
> about it.
> Scott Ely, MD MPH
> Section of Hematopathology
> Department of Pathology
> Weill Medical College of Cornell University
> New York Presbyterian Hospital
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