Zimmer Biomet released the first “smart” knee implant cleared by the FDA, hinting at a future where orthopedic surgeons get a constant stream of data on a patient’s recovery. But it’s not clear what benefits that data provide.
Zimmer Biomet for the past several years has been trying to “transform” its brand—from being known for medical equipment, to an innovative company that incorporates digital technologies and data to connect patients and doctors.
The arrival of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the U.S. has health officials in some communities reviving contact tracing operations in an attempt to slow and better understand its spread as scientists study how contagious it is and whether it can thwart vaccines.
The voluntary adjustments were announced as the systems are seeing "unprecedented" demand for inpatient care across their facilities and a significant increase in unvaccinated patients being hospitalized due to COVID.
President Joe Biden framed his latest plan for fighting COVID-19 as an opportunity to at last put an end to divisiveness over the virus, calling the politicization of the issue a “sad, sad commentary.”