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Is a robotics program right for your ASC?

Global adoption of robotics technology has exploded in healthcare institutions, promising a less invasive and more precise means of conducting procedures. Although hospitals command the largest share of this market, analysts predict that ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) will adopt this technology at a rapid clip. Robotics technology has changed greatly…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
February 17, 2021
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ECRI issues recommendations on safely integrating IT with behavioral health screening

Editor's Note ECRI’s Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety and the Electronic Health Record Association, on February 8, released a white paper with five safe practice recommendations and strategies that focus on health IT’s role in screening, documenting, and sharing of information for patients with behavioral health needs. Studies in…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 8, 2021
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Study shows increased telemedicine use early in the COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note This study by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Boston, on data from 16.7 million insured individuals, shows that 30.1% of total outpatient visits early in the COVID-19 pandemic (March 18-June 16, 2020) were conducted via telemedicine, and weekly telemedicine visits were 23 times higher, compared with the pre-COVID-19…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 4, 2021
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Pharmacies to get 1 M COVID-19 vaccine doses next week

Editor's Note On February 11, the federal government will begin distributing 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 6,500 retail pharmacy stores, and this could expand to some 40,000 stores, according to a February 2 statement from the White House. These doses are in addition to the 10.5 million that…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 3, 2021
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ECRI issues 2021 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards, managing EUA devices tops list

Editor's Note ECRI , on January 28, issued its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2021. First on the list is the complexity of managing devices that have Food & Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization (EUA) because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ECRI experts caution that hospitals need to watch…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 28, 2021
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FDA reduces N95 decontamination cycles from 20 to 4

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA), on January 22, lowered the number of times an N95 mask can be cleaned and reused to 4, down from a previous maximum of 20 reuses, the January 25 Fierce Biotec reports. The FDA reissued emergency use authorizations for 10 N95 decontamination…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 28, 2021
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FDA revises EUAs for N95 decontamination systems

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on January 21 reissued emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for 10 systems used to decontaminate N95 respirators used by healthcare personnel . The 10 systems are: Michigan State University Decontamination System Technical Safety Services VHP Decontamination System Stryker Sustainability Solutions VHP Decontamination System STERIS…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 26, 2021
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New negative-pressure ventilator to help treat COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note A new negative-pressure ventilatory support device, similar to the “iron lung” used to treat polio patients in the 1950s, provides an additional treatment option for COVID-19 patients, finds this study by researchers in the UK’s Exovent Task Force, formed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 21, 2021
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Supply chain strategies shift to meet pandemic-induced demands

Resiliency, a term that has cropped up repeatedly during the COVID-19 pandemic, is often considered a key defense against burnout. But it is also important in the context of the healthcare supply chain, says Ed Hisscock, senior vice president of supply chain management at Trinity Health, a 22-state healthcare system…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
January 19, 2021
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Editorial

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines starting in December 2020 was the one bright spot in an otherwise tragic year with a rapidly rising death toll currently over 385,000. Distribution of the 20 million doses promised by year end was thwarted by problems such as lack of coordination and lack of…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
January 19, 2021
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