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Online platform connects doctors separated by distance, expertise
By WGBH (Boston) | April 23, 2014
When doctors come across a complex case, they usually discuss it with their colleagues over e-mail or lunch, limited to their own informal networks of physicians and specialists. A Boston-area company wants to change that. Medting, a cloud-based platform, allows doctors from all over the world to...
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Mississippi leading telehealth research, policy push
By Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) | April 23, 2014
Dr. Kristi Henderson showed a device and explained, "it's a Bluetooth stethoscope," and with it, a doctor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center can check a patient's heartbeat from hundreds of miles away. UMMC Center for Telehealth has received national recognition and federal funding for...
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Unencrypted-laptop thefts at center of recent HIPAA settlements
By Joseph Conn | April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Concentra Health Services, Addison, Texas, a subsidiary of Humana and a provider of occupational medicine and other health services, has agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights more than $1.7 million in a federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security rule...
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Philips Healthcare suspends production operations at Ohio facility
By Chuck Soder, Crain's Cleveland Business | April 23, 2014
Philips Healthcare temporarily has suspended production operations at its medical imaging facility in Highland Heights, Ohio, while it works to improve its quality control processes.
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Da Vinci surgical robot sales slide
By Jaimy Lee | April 23, 2014
Sales of da Vinci surgical robots continued to fall in the first quarter of this year, in part due to fewer gynecologic procedures being performed and overall lower procedure growth in the U.S.
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FDA plan would speed up medical device approvals
By Associated Press | April 23, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.
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Truven's 15 Top Health Systems: Consistency boosts quality
By Sabriya Rice | April 23, 2014
Some hospital systems working to improve performance have turned the phrase "in a rut" into a constructive concept as they institute protocols to improve the consistency and efficiency.
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ACPE grooms doctors for growing number of physician-executive positions
By Andis Robeznieks | April 23, 2014
The American College of Physician Executives, which has offered doctors educational programs to improve their management skills since its founding, will focus on the effects of healthcare reform, the challenges physician CEOs face in measuring quality, costs and value, and what it takes to be a...
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Hospitals can speed stroke treatment, but it's not easy
By NPR | April 23, 2014
When a stroke patient enters the emergency room, it's a race against the clock. Those who receive the clot-busting drug tPA within 60 minutes of experiencing symptoms have the best chance of avoiding brain damage or death, but studies show that only 30% of patients eligible for this treatment get...
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Fla. measure would increase physician assistant ratio
By Associated Press via Miami Herald | April 23, 2014
Doctors would be able to increase the number of physician assistants they supervise from four to eight under a measure passed Tuesday by the Florida House.
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