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Clinical Research, Innovation

Kidney disease increases risk of diabetes, study shows

December 11, 2017

Via: ScienceDaily Health

Diabetes is known to increase a person’s risk of kidney disease. Now, a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that the converse also is true: Kidney dysfunction increases the risk of diabetes. Further, the […]


Opinions

Tax reform and health policy should be linked — just not via the individual mandate

December 11, 2017

Via: CNBC

As Republicans come to grips with the ramifications of their tax legislation, it is becoming clear that any hope of a revenue-neutral and conservative tax reform is fading. Complicating matters further, Republicans have combined health policy and tax reform in […]


Opinions

Biopharma Schizophrenia: High Demand For Innovation Vs. Pleas For ‘Me-Too’ Drugs

December 11, 2017

Via: Forbes

In a session called “Five Fixes For Healthcare” at the recent Forbes Healthcare Summit, concerns were raised about how innovative the biopharmaceutical industry really is. Dr. Laurie Glimcher, CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, chided the industry saying that, when […]


EHR & EMR

End of an Era For Academic Informatics: Demise of the Home-Grown EHR

December 11, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

Pick your cliche to describe a major event this past week: Another domino is falling. The dawn of a new era. The news that Vanderbilt University Medical Center, home to one of the most esteemed academic informatics programs in the […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

3D mini brains put researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system

December 8, 2017

Via: The Medical News

The Houston Methodist Research Institute is making mini brains from human stem cells that put researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system after injury or disease of the brain and spinal cord. Houston Methodist neuroscientist Robert Krencik, […]


Clinical Research, Innovation, Med Tech

Research looks to bring deep learning to radiology

December 8, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Some leading healthcare organizations are beginning to apply deep learning to research efforts intended to help radiological initiatives to better diagnose diseases. Deep learning is a subset of artificial intelligence and is used by researchers to help solve many big […]


EHR & EMR, Regulatory

VA to spend $10B on Cerner EHR to replace legacy system

December 8, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Department of Veterans Affairs will spend $10 billion over 10 years to implement a new Cerner electronic health record to replace its decades-old legacy system. By comparison, the Department of Defense in 2015 awarded a $4.3 billion contract to […]


Innovation, Med Tech

DePuy Synthes introduces HD surgical visualisation system

December 8, 2017

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Johnson and Johnson’s DePuy Synthes has introduced a new high-definition (HD) visualisation system, Purevue, for minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. The imaging platform employs a light source, image processor, intuitive touchscreen navigation, and customisable settings for various minimally invasive surgery (MIS) […]


Data Security, Information Management

7 Tips for Secure BYOD in Healthcare

December 7, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

It’s So Easy to Infiltrate If endpoint security – especially for smartphones – wasn’t a top-of-mind issue for healthcare IT leaders before, it certainly is now. I’ve spoken with numerous customers who struggle with it and are asking for guidance. […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Study reveals connection between restless sleep and Parkinson’s disease

December 7, 2017

Via: The Medical News

A study published in the neurological journal, The Lancet Neurology, has identified that patients with rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD) have a dopamine deficiency in the brain and suffer from a form of brain inflammation. They are subjected […]


Data Analytics, Information Management

Massachusetts credits database with 30% opioid prescription reduction

December 7, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

A recent upgrade has injected new life into Massachusetts’ prescription monitoring efforts, resulting in better coordination of care because of the database and reduced orders for opioids. Massachusetts has the oldest Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in the United States and—under […]


Innovation, Medical Devices

Medical Microinstruments unveils new robotic surgical device

December 7, 2017

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Italian medical robotic solutions developer Medical Microinstruments (MMI) has unveiled its new robotic platform for open microsurgery. Surgeons can use the new platform to control two small articulated microinstruments designed to allow easy reconstruction after traumatic injuries and following tumour […]


Regulatory

UnitedHealth to buy DaVita clinics for $4.9 billion

December 6, 2017

Via: CNBC

UnitedHealth struck a $4.9 billion deal on Wednesday to acquire the DaVita Medical Group unit of kidney dialysis firm DaVita in an all-cash transaction. DaVita Medical Group operates nearly 300 clinics and half a dozen outpatient surgical centers in six […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Aspirin may strengthen anti-cancer drugs

December 6, 2017

Via: Medical News Today

Adding aspirin to a particular cancer medication increases its effectiveness against some cancers. These latest findings offer hope for individuals with certain difficult-to-treat cancers. Finding a “cure” for cancer is the Holy Grail of medical research. However, a single catch-all […]


Regulatory

CDC combats opioid crisis with health, prescription data

December 6, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to help stem the tide of opioid overdoses nationwide through its public health data collection and reporting, as well improvements to state-run electronic databases for tracking prescriptions. CDC is “funding an […]