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Sales of da Vinci robotic surgery systems continue to flag
By Jaimy Lee | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Intuitive Surgical saw its revenue and income fall again in the second quarter as sales of its da Vinci robotic surgery systems continued to drop.
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Thermo Fisher sells lab equipment company for $480 million
By Bob Herman | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Thermo Fisher Scientific has agreed to sell Cole-Parmer Instrument Co. to private-equity firm GTCR for $480 million.
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Digital mammography costlier, shows no detection-rate advantages: study
By Sabriya Rice | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Despite a nearly $300 million increase in Medicare spending linked to a sharp rise in the use of newer, more-sensitive breast-cancer screening technologies, no changes were seen in early detection rates, a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found. Healthcare dollars may be...
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Slide Show: Six apps aimed at reducing hospital readmissions
By Modern Healthcare | July 15, 2014
These apps are among a growing array that companies are pitching as tools to rein in hospital readmissions. Their developers must overcome of variety of barriers, including the need to interact with multiple EHR systems and skepticism that mobile tech can change patient behavior.
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Google partners with Novartis for smart lens, expands possible uses
By Darius Tahir | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Google—through its speculative R&D “X” division—announced Tuesday that it was licensing its smart lens technology to Novartis.
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St. Jude Medical to pay $200 million for NeuroTherm
By Jaimy Lee | July 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
St. Jude Medical, a St. Paul, Minn.-based medical device manufacturer, said it will pay $200 million in cash to acquire NeuroTherm, one of the largest makers of radiofrequency ablation devices, which are used to treat chronic pain.
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Preventing readmissions: Is there an app for that?
By Jaimy Lee | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
About 200 Medicare patients who live in Phoenix will receive sensors for their inhalers this year that track how often they use their medication.
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Doctor quits uterine-device safety panel over conflict
By Wall Street Journal | July 11, 2014
A member of a panel advising the government on the safety of a medical device that can spread cancer in women stepped down after the Food and Drug Administration reviewed consulting fees he accepted from a device manufacturer, the agency said Thursday.
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FDA panel to discuss risks of laparoscopic device
By Jaimy Lee | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will meet this week to discuss whether laparoscopic power morcellator devices, which are used to remove uterine fibroids or a patient's uterus, should be reclassified as high-risk medical devices.
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Vital Signs
The rush to use new medical tech tied to patient harm
By Sabriya Rice | July 03, 2014
Rapid adoption of new medical technology can lead to more adverse events for the patients treated with it, according to a new study. The authors advise hospitals to avoid using new devices without first considering the education, training and awareness needed to ensure safety.
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