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December 2017

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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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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Scientists create artificial heart with 3D printing

Editor's Note Researchers from Zurich, Switzerland, have created an artificial heart out of silicone using 3D printing. The artificial heart, which mimics the human heart in shape and function, presently has a lifespan of approximately 3,000 beats, or about 30 to 45 minutes. The researchers hope to develop a more…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2017
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Global outbreak of M chimaera linked to German factory

Editor's Note The LivaNova factory in Munich, Germany, a manufacturer of heater-cooler units used in cardiothoracic surgery, appears to be the source of a global outbreak of Mycobacterium chimaera, this study finds. Researchers matched the DNA of samples taken from 21 infected cardiothoracic surgical patients to samples from heater-cooler units…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2017
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles designated a ‘Most Wired’ hospital

Editor's Note Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) announced July 11 that it has been designated a Health Care’s Most Wired 2017 by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Hospitals & Health Networks, an AHA publication, annually assesses the level of health information technology adoption in US hospitals and health…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2017
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Hybrid OR experts plus exhibit equal exceptional education

Each year, the OR Manager Conference showcases the latest hybrid OR technology along with expert advice from clinicians and manufacturers. The 2017 conference (October 2-4 in Orlando, Florida) will feature an extensive exhibit and opportunities to interact with the Hybrid OR Steering Committee members (sidebar, p 15): • Monday, 2…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 13, 2017
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