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Two firms awarded grants to develop medical devices for children

Editor's Note The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPMDC) has chosen two companies out of eight finalists to receive grants of $50,000 each to develop medical devices for children. The devices include a: speech generating system that allows hospitalized children who are unable to speak to communicate with clinicians handheld…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2017
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Data analytics tops list of challenges for healthcare execs in 2018

Editor's Note In a survey from the HealthCare Executive Group, clinical and data analytics was was the top of 10 challenges the healthcare industry will face in 2018, the October 9 Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review reports. Value-based payments was third, cybersecurity was sixth, and mobile health technology was…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2017
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FDA alerts healthcare providers about EVAR graft endoleaks

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on September 28 sent letters to vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, radiologists, and cardiologists, alerting them to an increase in Type III endoleaks associated with endovascular graft systems used in endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for abdominal aortic and aorto-iliac aneurysms. The FDA’s letter…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 28, 2017
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More hospitals allow nurses, physicians to use own electronic devices

Editor's Note Research from Spok Inc found 71% of hospitals allow physicians and nurses to use their own electronic devices at work, compared with 58% last year, the September 21 Healthcare Informatics reports. The researchers also found that: 38% of physicians favored having a hospital-issued device, and they use an…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2017
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FDA: Class I recall of Spectranetics’ Bridge Occlusion Balloon Catheter

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 25 categorized the recall by Spectranetics (Colorado Springs, Colorado) of its Bridge Occlusion Balloon Catheter (model 590-001) as Class I, the most serious. The Bridge Occlusion Balloon Catheter is used to temporarily block the superior vena cava when emergency control…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2017
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ECRI Institute's new SERVICEguide helps reduce costs of outsourced services

Editor's Note SERVICEguide is the ECRI Institute’s new membership-based advisory service that helps hospitals maintain and manage their outsourced services. SERVICEguide includes an interactive assessment dashboard with spend analytics that reveal the highest potential areas for savings. Recently, for example, ECRI Institute helped a large healthcare system save more than…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2017
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Nearly a third of consumers lack easy access to medical records

Editor's Note An Ambra Health survey found that 31% of more than 1,100 healthcare consumers were not able to easily access their medical records, and only half of those had access to their records online through their health care practitioner, the September 19 Healthcare Informatics reports. The survey also found…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 25, 2017
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Physicians spend more than half their time on EHR tasks

Editor's Note Primary care physicians spend more than half of their workday typing data on a computer screen and completing other electronic health record (EHR) tasks, this study from the University of Wisconsin and the American Medical Association finds. During a typical 11.4-hour workday, physicians spent nearly 6 hours on…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 20, 2017
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FDA updates Safety Alert for urogynecologic surgical mesh by Boston Scientific

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 19 updated its Safety Alert for urogynecologic surgical mesh manufactured by Boston Scientific. After an extensive review of data and testing, the FDA has determined that the change in supplier of the polypropylene used to manufacture the mesh currently on…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 19, 2017
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Bill to reduce EHR burden clears subcommittee

Editor's Note The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee on September 13 approved legislation that would remove a requirement to make meaningful use standards for electronic health records (EHRs) more stringent over time, the September 13 AHA News Now reports. In a letter of support for the bill, which is…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 18, 2017
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