The top three medical device stories for October 14, 2011.
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A Harvard cancer specialist looks for lessons in the potentially avoidable death of former Apple CEO and tech guru Steve Jobs, whose headstrong insistence on alternative medicine may have helped hasten his death.
Steve Jobs, the tech visionary and founder of Apple Inc. (NSDQ:AAPL) who died earlier this month after a long struggle with cancer, may have been saved had he stuck with conventional medicine, according to a cancer specialist.
Jobs may have gone as long as two years without conventional cancer treatment, opting instead for "alternative mumbo jumbo" while his cancer likely spread through his body, Harvard Medical School researcher Ramzi Amri wrote.
Former Apple CEO and tech guru Steve Jobs leaves his mark on the health care world before passing away from pancreatic cancer.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Steve Jobs, technology visionary and founder of Apple Inc. (NSDQ:AAPL), passed away from complications tied to his long and public struggle with pancreatic cancer, but not without leaving his mark on health care.
Apple's iPhone and iPad have become a regular presence in clinics, and apps designed to help patients and doctors manage care further blur the lines between entertainment technology and information technology.
The latest generation iPhone 4S, unveiled this week, boasts a higher resolution camera and voice activation from medical transcription maker Nuance Communications.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The newest version of the iPhone, known as the 4S, was unveiled this week with features that are likely to be a step up or tech-savvy health care providers.
While it looks just like the previous generation, the 4S has upped the ante with double the processing power and a camera with six times the resolution of its predecessor
Apple dedicates a portion of its AppStore to help docs find the best health care apps for the iPad and iPhone.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Health care providers now have their own section of the successful AppStore, called "Apps for Healthcare Professionals," currently includes 49 apps for iPhone users and 52 for iPad.
The new section includes six categories for doctors to choose from: reference apps, educational apps, EMR & parient monitoring apps, imaging apps, point of care apps and personal care apps, and about a dozen of the apps are for consumer use.
LabCorp pays a hefty fine to settle accusations that it charged California's Medicaid program much higher prices than other groups and that it offered illegal kickbacks in exchange for referrals.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) agreed on a $50 million settlement on a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the company of overcharging Medicaid and giving kickbacks in exchange for referrals for its lab tests.
The complaint accused LabCorp of charging California's Medicaid program prices as much as five times higher than it charged other customers and offered discounted or free tests to health care providers in exchange for referrals.