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Covidien opens Brazilian training center | MassDevice.com On Call

August 21, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Covidien launches 1st-of-its-kind Center of Innovation in CEO Jose Almeida's home country of Brazil.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Medtech titan Covidien (NYSE:COV) cut the ribbon on a new training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the home country of president & CEO Jose Almeida.

China looks for more medtech at home | MassDevice.com On Call

August 20, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Some of the medtech's biggest players may take a serious hit in China, a long-sought emerging market, where regulators are pushing for greater use of homegrown technologies to stem skyrocketing healthcare costs.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Chinese regulators are pushing local healthcare systems to look within when buying new medical products, a campaign that could spell bad news for global medtech giants that have placed big bets on the country's emerging healthcare market.

Sunshine Act follies spark more concern | MassDevice.com On Call

August 19, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Doctors push CMS to delay the launch of its public Sunshine Act website as reporting and security errors mar the system's credibility.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Physicians' groups are up in arms about the looming launch of the a public database of industry-doctor relationships, citing concerns about errors in reporting and security breaches that appear to muddle the program's credibility.

The public database, scheduled to go live September 30, will allow anyone with interest to peruse troves of data about the financial exchanges between doctors and manufacturers of drugs and medical devices, but the novel program has its share of issues.

Docs perform 1st U.S. tricuspid valve replacement using TAVI device | MassDevice.com On Call

August 18, 2014 by Brad Perriello

Doctors at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are the 1st in the U.S. to use a transcatheter aortic valve implant to replace a failing tricuspid valve.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Physicians at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit last month became the 1st in the U.S. to use a minimally invasive technique to replace a failing tricuspid valve.

The team used a transcatheter aortic valve implant in the procedure, after the patient was turned down at 1 major medical center and doctors at another said her only option was a heart transplant.

Hospital patient hacks his own morphine pump | MassDevice.com On Call

August 15, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

An Austrian hospital finds out that one of its patients hacked into active morphine drug pumps, resulting in 2 patients with severe morphine addictions.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A pair of patients at an Austrian hospital became addicted to morphine after one of them hacked their drug pumps to boost their dosage, according to a local report.

Depression, suicide and heart surgery | MassDevice.com On Call

August 14, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Doctors warn that open-heart surgery, like the procedures that Robin Williams underwent in 2009, are known to leave patients with depression.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Doctors are drawing new attention to the link between cardiac surgery and depression in the days following the suicide of beloved actor Robin Williams.

Analyst: Stryker may buy Smith & Nephew yet | MassDevice.com On Call

August 13, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

One analyst still sees potential for a Stryker merger with Smith & Nephew, even though S&N CEO Olivier Bohuon says he's not up for it.

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