The Defense Dept. handed out some $66.7 million in supply contracts to 5 medical device makers, covering Pap test kits, radiology and patient monitoring systems.
Welch Allyn told authorities in Oregon that it plans to shutter a plant in Beaverton in December, laying off the 84 employees who work there.
Utica, N.Y.-based Welch Allyn said in 2012 that it would shed about 10% of its global workforce, or 275 jobs, over 3 years due to the medical device tax enacted as part of Obamacare.
Group purchasing organization Premier healthcare alliance awarded new contracts to 4 new medical supply companies.
The U.S. Defense Dept. handed out contracts worth millions of dollars for medical devices and research to Welch Allyn, Battelle Memorial Institute and 2 radiology companies.
Healthcare products maker Welch Allyn won FDA clearance for its iExaminer, a snap-on adapter that pairs the company’s PanOptic ophthalmoscope with the iPhone 4 and 4S to capture high-resolution images of the back of the eye and the optical nerve.
The iExaminer lines up the PanOptic’s lens with the iPhone camera, allowing clinicians to use the phone and a paired app to capture and share opthalmic images on the go.
With 510(k) clearance now in hand Welch Allyn expects to begin shipping the iExaminer on February 11, according to a press release.
High-ranking medical device makers cut about 7,000 American jobs in 2012, representing about 1.6% of the industry’s total U.S. workforce, according to a Reuters report.
Medical device companies are molting at a reptilian rate, shedding more than 2,000 jobs over the past 2 months as they look to slash costs across the board.
Several of the med-tech companies that are scrapping jobs say the 2.3% medical device excise tax in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, slated to begin in January 2013. Others deny that the tax is the sole cause of their moves, saying it’s a factor but not determinative.
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Welch Allyn plans to shed about 10% of its global workforce, or 275 jobs, to compensate for the 2.3% medical device excise tax that goes into effect next year.
N.Y.-based Welch Allyn was the 1st to land federal clearance to deploy wireless patient vital sign monitors in federal hospitals, an accreditation monitored by the National Institute of Standards & Technology.
The win opens the door for Welch Allyn to launch its wireless-enabled patient tracking systems on the frontlines, according to a press release. The integrated radio device is found within several of the company’s vital signs monitoring systems, including the Connex vital signs monitor 6500 series and the Connex integrated wall system 8500 series.