Laboratory medicine – challenges and opportunities

Michael Oellerich

Institute for Clinical Pharmacology, University Medicine Göttingen, Germany

 

Recent developments pose major structural risks that laboratory medicine is becoming a more sevice and less academically oriented profession. The development of value-based strategies is important to reverse these trends. Advances in molecular diagnostics will contribute to a move from a volume- to a value-based system. Regarding the future of laboratory medicine, we can be optimistic that, despite all challenges, the current pace of innovation will provide an environment in which our discipline has a chance to grow as an academic profession.