Medical Devices

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Health Information Errors Cited Among Top 10 Health IT Hazards

Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthIT | November 6, 2012

Three of the 10 top health technology hazards cited in a report from ECRI Institute deal with errors in information management. Read More »

HIMSS14: Regulatory Showdown Looms Over Mobile Health

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | February 25, 2014

A legislative showdown is brewing between Congress and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the right balance between promoting innovation in a fledgling mobile health industry and protecting patient safety. 2014 could be the year that several laws are passed with significant implications for health I.T., according to a HIMSS14 panel discussion on congressional affairs. Read More »

HIT Venture Capital Hits $1B For First Time

Mike Miliard | Government Health IT | July 17, 2014

Venture capital funding for health information technology surpassed $1 billion for the first time in Q2 2014 – far surpassed, in fact, with $1.8 billion raised in 161 deals, more than doubling the $861 million raised in the previous quarter...

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Hospitals Align To Push For Device Interoperability

Dan Bowman | FierceHealthIT | September 25, 2013

A coalition of hospitals and health systems formed this month will push for increased medical device interoperability as a means for improving patient care and lowering costs. Read More »

Hospitals Lagging In Assessing Interoperability Needs

Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthIT | October 2, 2012

Though healthcare executives understand the importance of timely electronic exchange of information among care providers, nearly half have yet to fully assess their health information exchange and interoperability needs, according to an ECRI Institute survey. Read More »

Hospitals Often Don't Report Robotic Surgery Adverse Events

Ashley Gold | FierceHealth IT | January 2, 2014

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees a database that reports deaths and injuries associated with medical devices, the agency has no authority to force medical providers to contribute to the database. To that end, many hospitals fail to report adverse events associated with robotic surgery procedures, according to a recent Bloomberg investigation. Read More »

How a Medical Device Maker Kept U.S. Hospitals in the Dark about Deadly Infections

Chad Terhune and Melody Petersen | LA Times | December 19, 2015

The hunt for a deadly superbug that sickened 22 patients at a Dutch hospital began just before noon on a spring day in 2012. Inside a lab in the tiny hamlet of Zoeterwoude, a technician carefully peeled back the tip of a state-of-the art medical scope. Watching him intently was a small group of hospital officials and executives from Olympus Corp., the maker of the device...

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How Cyber Hardening Can Protect Patient Privacy And Treatment

The abundance of internet-connected devices that collect and share patient data has greatly increased the “attack surface” (where an attacker inserts or extracts data) and number of possible vulnerabilities within a system. Now that medical devices can connect to home-based routers, public Wi-Fi or cellular networks to relay data to hospitals, specialists, and care providers. In addition, the software in those devices lacks cybersecurity and can be updated and reprogrammed remotely. Thus, sensitive patient information is even more prone to data breaches, and the safety of the devices can be compromised. Recent supply chain compromises, and the migration of health applications and platforms to the cloud, also add to the threat equation. This article looks at why the medical community is so vulnerable and suggests how it can better protect life-saving equipment and sensitive data from unprecedented cyberattacks.

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How Wearable Electronics Will Change Clinical Trials

Advances in sensor technology and microelectronics have opened new opportunities in the health and life sciences industries. Wearable sensors allow for continuous bio-monitoring without any manual intervention, thus reducing provider-patient interaction and costs while contributing improvements in the quality of the data...The broad adoption of biosensors by consumers, combined with advances in Nano and Cloud technologies are expected to radically change the way research is conducted by the Life Science industry, improving patient recruiting and monitoring, while lowering development and therapy cost.

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Inaugural Blueprint Health Startups Pitch Investors On Disrupting Health Industry

Adrianne Jeffries | Observer.com | March 29, 2012

Nine startups demo’ed today at Blueprint Health, the health-tech startup incubator nestled in a Soho office that opened its first session in January. Read More »

Incoming President Of IOM Outed As Member Of Boards Of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Medtronic And Pepsico

Roy M. Poses | Health Care Renewal | February 24, 2014

We just discussed how the new CEO of the National Quality Forum was revealed to be a member of the board of directors of Premier Inc, and discussed the implications of this apparently intense conflict of interest. Read More »

Inside Continua Health Alliance's Spring Summit 2013

Brad Thompson | MD+DI | March 20, 2013

An insider's view of the health and technology industry group's March 11–14 networking event in Portland, OR. Read More »

Intuitive Surgical Claims More Than 50% Savings Using Open Source EDC ClinCapture

Press Release | Clinovo, ClinCapture, Intuitive Surgical | October 23, 2013

Mark Burns, Clinical Data Manager at California-based medical device company Intuitive Surgical, cite accelerated study start-up time, autonomy, and significant cost-savings as key benefits of open source Electronic Data Capture (EDC) system ClinCapture. In a 5-min interview, Mark Burns explains how Intuitive Surgical ran over 15 post-market approval studies for Intuitive Surgical’s Da Vinci® Surgical System on Clinovo’s EDC system. Intuitive Surgical’s surgical system is installed in more than 2,025 academic and community hospital sites. The video interview features in ‘Inside ClinCapture’, a series of videos highlighting the team and customers behind ClinCapture.

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Is IT Innovation Driving Physicians Out The Door?

Rebecca Armato | InformationWeek | September 26, 2012

Rather than face the perfect storm of decreasing reimbursement, increasing costs, legislative mandates, and penalties around technology adoption, information exchange, and Meaningful Use, an alarming number of physicians are making the decision to "go quietly into the night" and retire early from practice. Read More »

ITU Signs Off Network Spec For Personal Medical Devices

Simon Sharwood | The Register | December 22, 2013

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has signed off a new standard for communication between personal medical devices. Read More »