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October 2017

Lumbar spine fusion market set for growth

Editor's Note Analysis by 360 Market Updates estimates that the lumbar spine fusion market will see a compound annual growth rate of 4.9% through 2021, the September 15 Becker’s Spine Review reports. A key driver of growth is the increasing popularity of physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers. DePuy Synthes, Medtronic, Stryker,…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 18, 2017
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Children’s Hospital Colorado alerts patients of data breach

Editor's Note Officials at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora are sending notifications to nearly 3,400 patient families about a data breach that may have compromised their health information, according to the September 11 Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review. On July 11, investigators found an unauthorized person may have accessed…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2017
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FDA to staff new digital health unit

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is filling 13 positions in a new digital health unit that was created as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, the September 11 FierceHealthcare reports. The FDA intends to build a group of experts who are experienced with software lifecycle…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2017
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Barriers, benefits of using mobile health technology postoperatively

Editor's Note This survey of 800 patients identified a range of potential barriers and benefits to using mobile health technology to enhance recovery after surgery. Potential barriers included: protecting personal health information technology effectiveness and failure preference for face-to-face interaction with their surgeons level of effort required ability of older…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2017
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ECRI Institute releases free white paper on value analysis

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on August 23 announced a new free white paper, “Value Analysis: Best Practices for Navigating the Evidence Maze,” to help value analysis committees bring an objective, systematic approach to the decision-making process for health technologies and interventions. The white paper includes three case studies that…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2017
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Making the Business Case for New Technology to Improve the Bottom Line

What factors do you consider when making a purchasing decision in your department? There is an abundance of technology vendors in the market, and those that will be better for patient care and reducing readmissions seem like a no-brainer. However, do you know all of the real hard costs? Is…

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Ransomware attacks: How to protect your medical device systems

Ransomware is a form of computer malware used to make data, software, and information technology (IT) assets unavailable to users. It uses encryption of data to hold systems hostage with an associated ransom demand, often in Bitcoin (a virtual currency that is difficult to trace). This encryption is used to…

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By: OR Manager
August 22, 2017
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Mobile devices: A menace to propriety and patient privacy

Imagine this scenario in your ambulatory surgery center (ASC): A husband and wife in their early 80s arrive for the husband’s knee replacement surgery. His wife will drive him home after surgery, and their daughter will arrive from out of state the next day to help at home while he…

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By: Leslie Flowers
August 22, 2017
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Report predicts big growth for hybrid OR market

Editor's Note A research report by Marketsandmarkets predicts the global hybrid OR market will reach nearly $1.2 billion by 2022, at a 12.5% annualized growth rate, according to the August 14 HealthCareBusiness daily news. The specialty with the highest growth rate will be thoracic surgery. The biggest driver of hybrid…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 16, 2017
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Healthcare needs to prepare for Ransomware 2.0

Editor's Note Cybersecurity experts are warning that Ransomware 2.0 is coming, and healthcare needs to be prepared, the August 8 Healthcare IT News reports. Ransomware 2.0 combines ransomware with a worm, which allows it to move laterally or across internal and external networks. Because the next wave of attacks will…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2017
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ECRI Institute announces new white paper on value analysis

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on July 31 announced a new free white paper titled, “Value Analysis: Best Practices for Navigating the Evidence Maze. The white paper features three case studies that show how hospital value analysis committees can use the PICOTS (patients, intervention, comparators, outcomes, time frame for follow-up,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2017
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Wearable Technology in the OR

Wearable technology such as Google Glass provides hands-free, voice-activated Internet access, allowing surgeons to “float” medical images in their field of vision without diverting attention from the operative field. Advantages include immediate access to data and images, diagnosis and treatment for patients en route to hospitals, pinpoint accuracy for tumor…

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