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February 2018

RTI Surgical announces 3D-printed cervical interbody device

Editor's Note RTI Surgical (Alachua, Florida) on October 25 launched its Fortilink-C interbody fusion system with Tetrafuse 3D technology, the October 26 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Tetrafuse 3D technology combines titanium, allograft bone, and PEEK all in one device. The 3D-printed, polymer-based, cervical interbody device incorporates micro, macro, and nano-rough…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 30, 2017
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Manufacturers optimistic about repeal of medical device tax

Editor's Note On October 24, 179 House members (including 43 Democrats) signed a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis) calling for repeal of the medical device tax, the October 25 issue of The Hill reports. The medical device tax, which was included in the Affordable Care Act to help pay…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 27, 2017
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AMA, partners on initiative to develop integrated platform for big data analytics

Editor's Note The American Medical Association (AMA) and its partners, including the American Medical Informatics Association, IBM, and Cerner, are developing an integrated platform for clinical informatics and big data analytics, the October 16 HealthIT Analytics reports. The aim of the physician-led Integrated Health Model Initiative is to help healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2017
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FDA clears new surgical robot

  Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 13 cleared the Senhance System (TransEnterix Surgical Inc, Morrisville, North Carolina), a new robotically-assisted surgical device. The design of the Senhance System allows surgeons to sit at a console unit that provides a 3-D high-definition view of the surgical…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 18, 2017
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Joint Commission abandons proposed telehealth standards

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has abandoned proposed amendments to its accreditation standards that would have required healthcare systems to obtain patient consent, confirm patient location, and predict a patient’s financial responsibility before providing telehealth services, the October 11 mHealth Intelligence reports. The changes, which would have amended two existing…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 16, 2017
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New app helps protect patients’ brains during surgery

Editor's Note A new app developed by students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s (UWM’s) App Brewery and a neuropsychologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) monitors critical brain functions during neurosurgical procedures in which patients are awake. The app, called “NeruoMapper,” assists neurosurgeons who are removing tumors by helping…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2017
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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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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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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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