MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A new documentary short entitled "Heart Stop Beating" was released recently, detailing the efforts of 2 doctors who successfully replaced a man’s entire heart with a "continuous flow" rotor-driven device.
The implant proved for the first time that it’s possible to live without a pulse or a heartbeat.
Doctors Billy Cohn and Bud Frazier of the Texas Heart Institute developed the system in response to a patient whose heart was too weak even for a left ventricular device, MedGadget reported.
Senator asks hospitals to submit purchasing habits
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) asked hospitals to report their medical device implant buying habits to federal officials following a Government Accountability Office report finding that hospitals may be overpaying for their equipment, Law360.com (paid) reported.
Health care jobs to boom through 2020
New job growth in the health care sector is expected to surge beyond all others, according to new figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Healthcare Finance News reported.
Hanger Orthopedics shifts its image
Texas-based Hanger Orthopedic (NYSE:HGR) revamped its image, going with a new strategy, logo and name: just Hanger. The company’s Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics is now called Hanger Clinic, the Austin Business Journal reported.