Information TechnologyHackers hold German hospital data hostage | Deutsche Welle
Several hospitals in Germany have come under attack by ransomware, a type of virus that locks files and demands cash to free data it maliciously encrypted. It will take weeks until all systems are up and running again.
Mississippi Medical Association say telemedicine bill is bad legislation | (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion Ledger
The Mississippi State Medical Association calls a House bill to allow audio-only telemedicine bad legislation. "It's like practicing while wearing a blindfold," said Dr. Dan Edney, president of the Mississippi Medical Association. "The House has passed a bad bill and we are asking the Senate to fix it."
Medical Devices and EquipmentBoston Scientific co-founder, chairman Pete Nicholas to retire in major board shakeup | Boston Business Journal
Pete M. Nicholas, a co-founder of Boston Scientific and a driving force behind the company's growth into one of the world's largest medical device makers, will step down as chairman of the company in May amid a major leadership shakeup.
PharmaceuticalsDrugmakers suffer blow in crucial pay-to-delay ruling | STAT
Cash need not exchange hands between brand-name drug makers and generics makers for a deal forestalling generic competition to draw antitrust regulators' scrutiny. An appeals court ruled this week that Warner Chilcott in 2009 effectively engaged in a pay-to-delay deal when it entered an agreement with two generics makers not to produce a generic version of its drug Loestrin and gave them licensing rights to other drugs
Safety, Quality and Clincal PracticeFirst uterus transplant in U.S. bolsters pregnancy hopes of many | New York Times
The Cleveland Clinic has completed the first uterine transplant in the U.S. The procedure gives women born without the organs or who have had them removed a chance at pregnancy. The Clinic has been authorized by its ethics board to perform 10 such procedures and then evaluate whether it will be routinely performed by the hospital.