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Stealthy mitral valve maker emerges at TCT 2014 | MassDevice.com On Call

September 15, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

After more than 10 years underground, MVRx unveils its mitral valve repair system during the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Bad timing and a financial crisis nearly buried MVRx and its mitral valve repair technology forever, but the company's founders finally revealed their progress over the weekend at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference.

Abbott, Medtronic named among world's greenest companies | MassDevice.com On Call

September 12, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index names Abbott Labs and Medtronic among the healthcare companies with the most sustainable practices.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A couple of medtech's biggest players were named among the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index's most environmentally responsible companies.

Abbott (NYSE:ABT) led the sector for the greenest practices, ranked according to "financially material economic, environmental, and social factors."

World's richest doc shares his vision of healthcare's future | MassDevice.com On Call

September 11, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Patrick Soon-Shiong, the world's richest doctor-turned entrepreneur, envisions hospitals of the future where the physician lives in the cloud and administrators have a continuous stream of data about patients and their care.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has made a name for himself as the world's richest doctor and a controversial figure in medicine, but he's also a fearless visionary.

He has gotten himself into hot water when reality didn't match up to his promises, but he's also sparked a lot of interest from healthcare providers around the country who are interested in his prescription for how to fix healthcare.

Blackberry unveils the medtech smartphone | MassDevice.com On Call

September 10, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Blackberry takes a bold step into healthcare with a smartphone that connects with thousands of medical devices to keep medical professionals one step ahead of disease.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Beleaguered smartphone maker BlackBerry (NSDQ:BBRY) is diving headlong into digital health with a new smartphone platform focused on medical professionals.

Blackberry allied with NantHealth, which makes medical device interoperability systems, to develop a service platform designed to aggregate data from thousands of devices in order to generate insight into the spread of disease.

Hospitals kick sales reps out of the OR | MassDevice.com On Call

September 9, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Some hospitals are replacing surgical sales reps with their own trained staff to bring down the costs in orthopedic procedures.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A growing number of hospitals in the U.S. are working with manufacturers to train staff to take over tasks usually done by a company sales rep.

The effort is a dramatic shift in the long-standing relationship between healthcare providers and manufacturers, but hospitals hope it will lower their costs and diminish industry influence in healthcare.

Healthcare groups demand more medtech registries | MassDevice.com On Call

September 8, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

A cadre of insurers and other healthcare stakeholders urges the FDA to establish more registries to monitor and report performance of medical device on the U.S. market.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Some major healthcare industry players are looking to the FDA to provide more robust surveillance of medical devices on the U.S. market.

The group asked the FDA to look over a handful of recommendations for boosting medtech registries to gather more robust information about devices that have already been approved or cleared, saying that such measures could track safety issues.

Feds: Healthcare.gov was hacked, too | MassDevice.com On Call

September 5, 2014 by Arezu Sarvestani

Federal officials reveal that the Affordable Care Act's online insurance exchange Healthcare.gov was hacked back in July.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — In what has become a stream of high-profile healthcare hacks, federal officials revealed this week that even their healthcare systems are not immune.

There's no sign that the intruders stole any private information since they only accessed a test server for the Healthcare.gov website, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

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