Ximedica said today that SV Life Sciences picked up a majority interest in the Providence, R.I.-based medical device development company from co-founders Stephen Lane and Aidan Petrie for an undisclosed amount.
Cardinal Health appointed Donald Casey Jr. to lead its $9 billion medical products and services division, effective next week.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Medical device industry lobby AdvaMed proposed six policy initiatives, including trade, tax, payment, regulatory and research policies that ask government to make innovation in the life sciences a top priority.
AdvaMed unveiled its "Competitiveness Agenda" during a visit to orthopedic giant Stryker Corp.’s (NYSE:SYK) Kalamazoo, Mich. manufacturing facility.
According to a March 2011 survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians, many doctors believe emergency rooms will become busier places, despite healthcare reform.
In the survey — an email questionnaire sent to 20,687 U.S. ER physicians to which 1,768 replied — more than 80 percent of emergency room physicians say the number of patients seen in ERs has either increased somewhat or significantly over the last year, a trend they expect to continue.
By Derek Hatchett
When the ECRI Institute, an independent organization that evaluates medical devices and procedures, issued its 2011 list of the 10 most dangerous technologies in healthcare, reprocessed flexible endoscopes made the list for the second year in a row. “At minimum, endoscope reprocessing problems, when discovered, can inconvenience patients and create anxiety; at worst, they can lead to life-threatening infections,” the report says. With 10s of thousands of patients undergoing such procedures each year, the issue begs resolution.
Iconoculture’s debrief of the Consumer Electronics Show elevated five key tech trends to pay attention to:
Wrong-site surgery continues to be more prevalent than thought and without any consistent evidence of slowing. Research has repeatedly shown that these adverse events are largely underreported with compliance of physician reporting ranging from 5 percent to 50 percent – thus predicting true incidence of wrong-site surgery to be hovering around 50 per week or 2600 events per year in the US alone. Costs beyond the obvious cardinal one of patient outcomes are multi-factorial for the healthcare system as well as the patient and reach into the millions.