Say hello to MassDevice +3, a bite-sized view of the top three medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 3 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry.
3. Philips redesign prompts another Class I recall
Royal Philips’ revamped connector design for 2 of its automatic external defibrillators has left another company facing an FDA Class I recall.
This time, Michigan’s Heart Sync is dealing with the Class I recall, which the FDA assigns when there is risk of serious injury or death. Read more
2. Elder-care challenges prompt tech execs to create startups, apps
For years, Google Inc’s commerce chief, Stephanie Tilenius, held a demanding job and helped oversee the medical care of her parents, an experience that led her to leave the Internet search giant in 2012 and start a company to help patients combat chronic disease.
Earlier this year, Tilenius’ company launched Vida, a mobile app that lets patients consult with a team of professionals, including doctors, nurses and nutritionists, from their smartphone. The program costs $15 a week and includes reminders to take medication. Caregivers and family members can request access to the app to keep up to date with a patient’s progress. Read more
1. Medical Device Tax: Rep. Charlie Dent puts repeal at top of GOPs priority list for 2015
Rep. Charlie Dent says repealing the 2.3% medical device excise tax should be 1 of the GOP’s top priorities after it assumes control of both houses of Congress next month.
Dent told a local television news station that repealing the medical device tax along with building the Keystone Pipeline and restoring a 40-hour work week were all major priorities for the GOP-led legislature. Read more