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As a proton therapy center closes, some see it as a sign
By Jaimy Lee | September 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Indiana University Proton Therapy Center will close in December, marking the first time a proton-beam therapy center in the U.S. has shut its doors since the rapid proliferation of the costly treatment centers began about a decade ago.
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Federal probe of doc-owned distributorship yields False Claims suit
By Jaimy Lee | September 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Justice Department is moving forward with False Claims Act allegations against a company that sells spine implants to hospitals, alleging that the company and its owners made improper payments to surgeons to use the company's medical devices in the procedures they performed.
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Respiratory-health startup Propeller Health gets $14.5 million in new funding
By Darius Tahir | September 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Madison, Wis.-based respiratory health management firm Propeller Health has picked up $14.5 million in new funding, led by noted healthcare and technology investment firm Safeguard Scientifics.
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A cool way (literally) to save heart attack victims
By Andrew L. Wang, Crain's Chicago Business | September 03, 2014
Fresh from an emergency medical technician course, chemical engineer Erik Kulstad decided he wanted to save lives for a living, so he went to medical school. The career change wasn't the first for the former auto mechanic, or his last. Since 2008, Dr. Kulstad, has been running his own medical...
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Groups press FDA to encourage medical-device registries
By Jaimy Lee | September 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The U.S. healthcare system trails other developed countries in tracking the performance of medical devices through registries, but a group of organizations including the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is urging the Food and Drug Administration to catch up.
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Video | Finding the human factors in tech hazards
September 01, 2014
A team of clinical staffers at MedStar Health's National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare demonstrate how an error can easily occur with a cardiac defibrillator. The health system launched the center in 2010 to address safety issues associated with the deployment of new technology.
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Can the biosensor market deliver on its potential?
By By Dr. Prakash Patel | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Implantable and wearable biosensor communications and the data they generate have the potential to significantly change the multitrillion-dollar healthcare industry.
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Covidien continues shopping spree with vein device purchase
By Bob Herman | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Covidien, like its soon-to-be acquirer Medtronic, has bought its second medical company within the past week. The Ireland-based supplier said Thursday that it took over Sapheon, a Morrisville, N.C.-based manufacturer of devices that help treat venous diseases.
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Medtronic buys Italian hospital services company
By Jaimy Lee | August 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medtronic made its second deal this week, announcing a $350 million acquisition of an Italian operator of cardiovascular suites, operating rooms and intensive-care units.
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FDA OKs tech that turns smartphone into real-time electrocardiogram
By Computerworld | August 22, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration has granted AliveCor clearance to sell technology that enables an iPhone or Android smartphone to record atrial fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation may have no symptoms, but itis often associated with heart palpitations,...
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