U.S. Veterans Affairs Dept. (VA)
The Dept. of Veterans affairs handed imaging contracts to Calgary Scientific and Agilex to boost its mobile and remote access to diagnostic images.
The terms of the contract were not announced, but Agilex called the deal "competitive."
Agilex plans to build on Calgary’s ResolutionMD enterprise image-viewer, giving clinicians around the country secure, on-demand access on desktop and mobile devices.
Biotronik said it inked a deal to provide cardiac rhythm management devices to the 8 million veterans served by the U.S. Veterans Affairs Dept.
The Berlin-based company makes cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators and endovascular medical devices.
Telehealth solutions firm AMC Health said it expanded its government services division with a 5-year U.S. Veteran Affairs Dept. contract worth up to $28.8 million.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL —Senior officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs will see reduced salaries and fewer bonuses in 2014 after the House voted to send a message about the tomes of backlogged veteran’s disability claims.
The more than 800,000 backlogged veteran’s disability claims have been a hot-button issue across party lines, and the new budget beefs up allocated money for processing these claims while cutting down on senior official’s compensation.
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and all but 1 of Indiana’s delegation in the U.S. House sent a letter to Eric Shinseki, secretary of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Dept., asking for some color on how the medical device tax will hit the VA.
Walorski, joined by the other 6 Republican representatives from the Hoosier State and Democrat André Carson (only Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) failed to sign on), asked Shinseki to quantify the impact of the 2.3% levy on medical device revenues on the VA in fiscal 2014 and FY2015.
Regulators at the Depts. of Health & Human Services and Veterans Affairs this week demonstrated new standards for transmitting sensitive health information in a manner that protects private data.
The demonstration builds on a recent notice of proposed rule-making released by HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which is soliciting public comment on rules for secure data communication for health information exchange networks.
MRI Interventions (OTC:MRIC), a company developing minimally invasive neurosurgery systems, launched an initial public offering with shares at $1 apiece.
The Memphis-based company’s flagship ClearPoint technology allows patients to undergo surgery during MRI scanning, using the images to target areas of the brain for surgery.