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Cloud storage debacle marks hospital's third privacy incident in a year

Fierce Health IT - July 30, 2013

Information for more than 3,000 patients at Oregon Health & Science University was put at risk when medical residents stored the data on a password protected cloud computing system, the institution announced this week. The potential data breach is the third such reported incident to occur at the university in less than a year, and the fifth since 2008.

Roche, Thermo unite for sepsis diagnostics

Fierce Medical Devices - July 30, 2013

Thermo Fisher ($TMO) and Roche Diagnostics ($RHHBY) have extended their sepsis diagnostics partnership, pairing Thermo's immunoassay with Roche's testing platform to improve treatment and slash healthcare costs.

GE recalls scanners after patient crushed to death

Fierce Medical Devices - July 29, 2013

GE Healthcare ($GE) is urging customers to stop using more than 20 models of its nuclear imaging devices until the company can inspect each one and ensure it's not prey to the same problem that killed a patient in the U.S. last month.

Glass implant envisioned to promote leg, arm bone repairs

Fierce Medical Devices - July 29, 2013

Bioactive glass implant materials to help repair injured bones--Courtesy of Missouri S&T Researchers built a bioactive glass implant they believe can help repair injured leg, arm, and other weight-bearing bones. If clinical testing succeeds, the technological advance could upend the current practice of using metal implants or bone grafts from cadavers.

InSightec takes to China with uterine fibroid device

Fierce Medical Devices - July 29, 2013

Israel's InSightec won Chinese approval for its noninvasive uterine fibroid treatment, clearing the company to market its ultrasound-powered device in the fast-growing market.

Siemens to Replace CEO as Loescher Fails to Mimic Peers

Bloomberg - Jul 29, 2013

When in May 2007 Siemens AG (SIE), battered by corruption scandals, picked then little-known Merck & Co. executive Peter Loescher as its chief executive officer, investors responded by pushing the stock to a six-year high.

5 ways health IT impacts consolidation

Healthcare IT News - July 29, 2013

Most health IT professionals are probably more focused on implementing or maintaining systems than they are tracking larger healthcare trends, such as the pace at which hospitals and practices are being bought and sold.

Health data breaches usually aren’t accidents anymore

American Medical News - July 29, 2013

Personal medical information is being targeted because of the value it holds and the relative ease thieves have getting their hands on it.

Med device tax concerns radiology groups, clinicians

Fierce Medical Imaging - July 28, 2013

Medical device industry payments to the Internal Revenue Service have passed the $1 billion mark, according to a recent announcement from the The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA).

3 ways remote care helps patients, docs

Healthcare IT News, July 26, 2013

Given the steady stream of new devices entering the healthcare market, it might be easy to start thinking improvements in healthcare can come from technological advances alone. But it's more complicated than that.

100th SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Implanted in 2013

PRNewswire - July 25, 2013

SynCardia Systems, Inc. (www.syncardia.com), manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that as of July 18, a record-breaking 100 implants of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart have been performed by SynCardia Certified Centers in 2013. This milestone was achieved three months earlier than in 2012, when the 100th implant was performed on Oct. 16.

Miami's First Telemedicine-Enabled Mobile Medical Clinic to Make a Difference for Underserved Local Children

PRNewswire - July 25, 2013

About 15,000 children and family members across the country in need of healthcare will benefit from an innovative partnership under which 15 of the Children's Health Fund's mobile medical clinics will be equipped with the latest health information technology from the Verizon Foundation.

Cartoon version of Obamacare is pretty useful

Healthcare Payer News - July, 25 2013

It's not surprising that the average person is pretty confused about the Affordable Care Act. It's a complex piece of legislation that gets phased in gradually, and opponents have been attacking the law and intentionally confusing people while proponents have been less effective about getting the word out.

Study: Research methods for home telemonitoring lack quality

Fierce Health IT - July 24, 2013

Despite the promise of remote patient monitoring to cut healthcare costs and improve patient care, the research methods behind those claims are called into question in a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research this week.

146 existing medical interventions that don't work

Fierce Healthcare - July 24, 2013

Sometimes doing nothing is better, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings that determined 146 contemporary medical interventions are ineffective or do more harm than good.

San Francisco startup builds inexpensive endoscopy device

Fierce Medical Devices - July 24, 2013

A San Francisco startup is plowing ahead with the development of a low-cost endoscopic device at a fraction of the price of products currently on the market. Such an advance could give Olympus and other competitors a run for their money, but the company's co-founder insists he'll pitch it in emerging markets.

Boston Scientific rolls out new imaging catheter in U.S., EU and Japan

Fierce Medical Devices - July 24, 2013

Boston Scientific is launching its OptiCross catheter in the U.S., Europe and Japan.--Courtesy of Boston Scientific Boston Scientific ($BSX) is rolling out a next-generation imaging catheter in the U.S., Europe and Japan after gaining multiple clearances and approvals from the respective countries and regions.

Health system uses Google+ and YouTube to explain health care reform

Health Care Communication News - July 24, 2013

Catholic Health Partners describes health care changes in less than four minutes.

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