Epic Systems soars with transition to electronic health records | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Epic Systems Corp., the Verona, Wis.-based electronic health record vendor, commands nearly a quarter of the U.S. EHR market and has grown from a few hundred to nearly 10,000 employees over the past 15 years thanks in large part to the federal EHR incentive payment program. The company's success, some argue, has made it a frequent target for critics of the EHR incentive program, but that hasn't stopped the company's growth, the Journal Sentinel reports.
To fight growing threat from germs, scientists try old-fashioned killer | Wall Street Journal
Amid concern about the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, some scientists are turning back to bacteriophages, bacteria-killing viruses which fell out of favor in the west as antibiotic use began to rise, but which Eastern European nations have continued to use over the last several decades to treat infections.
FTC probes Turing over drug prices | Reuters
A lawyer for for former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli says Turing is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for possible antitrust violations related to the company's 5,000% increase in the cost of Daraprim, a drug used to treat a rare infection in AIDS patients and pregnant women. Shkreli cited the FTC investigation in his unwillingness to appear before a House panel that was originally scheduled for Tuesday.
Deficiencies found at Theranos lab | Wall Street Journal
In another blow to blood-testing startup Theranos, a CMS inspection of Theranos lab facilities in Northern California turned up serious problems, according to anonymous reports to the Wall Street Journal. The problems could result in Theranos being suspended from Medicare if they are not corrected.
Global health experts are calling on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee and take a more active role in addressing and setting guidance for the burgeoning Zika virus epidemic. While the virus is asymptomatic in many people, infection has been linked to an increase in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disease that can cause paralysis in some, as well as a surge in cases of microcephaly in infants born to women who contracted the virus while pregnant.