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FDA clears Access Vascular ’ s HydroPICC catheter
Access Vascular said today that its HydroPICC catheter has won 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The peripherally-inserted central catheter is designed with Access Vascular’s proprietary bulk-hydrophilic material, which the company touted as “the ideal material for long-term implantable vascular access devices.” “The FDA clearance of the HydroPICC catheter is an important milestone for Access Vascular and a critical step forward on our pathway to commercialization,” founder, president & CEO, James Biggins, said in prepared remarks. “Today’s news is a validation of our team&rs...
Source: Mass Device - February 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: 510(k) Catheters Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Vascular accessvascular Source Type: news

SAPVoice: How Analytics Could Put A Big Dent In Rising Healthcare Costs
There seem to be no easy answers to resolving the growing crisis of rising healthcare costs. But there are a couple of obvious places for health systems to start. Read how St. Louis-based Mercy uses advanced analytics to help eliminate waste and drive down costs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John Ward, SAP Tags: sap Source Type: news

Chinese city touted as model for cutting healthcare costs
Cheaper drugs cut burden on Sanming budget, but locals grumble over quality of care (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Florida 50+ Voters
AARP commissioned a survey in Florida to gauge the views of voters ages 50+ on a range of issues affecting their state. Key findings include the following: Florida voters ages 50+ say that the economy and jobs represent the most important issue facing their state, followed closely by healthcare costs and illegal immigration. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - February 13, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Report: Huge differences in cost of MRI scans
Patients seeking a routine MRI scan for back pain can pay as little as $350...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI scan volume drops in 2017, but new purchases planned HealthCost offers consumers access to imaging costs New audit pinpoints causes of 'wasteful' unnecessary scans Incidental imaging findings boost healthcare costs How do high-deductible health plans affect radiology? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 7, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit
February 21, 2018; Washington, DC.(West Health Institute) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - February 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan partner to cut U.S. healthcare costs
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase& Co said on Tuesday they will form a company to cut health costs for hundreds of thousands of their U.S. employees, setting up a major challenge to an inefficient U.S. healthcare system. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan partner to cut healthcare costs
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase& Co will form a healthcare company aimed at cutting costs for their U.S. employees, they said on Tuesday, sending shares in the broad healthcare sector sharply lower. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Amazon joins up with US firms to enter healthcare sector
Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire are looking at ways to subsidise healthcare costs for US employees. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthcare Stocks Plunge As Buffett, Bezos And Dimon Team Up To Fight " Tapeworm " Costs On Economy
Three of America's biggest and most powerful companies, Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway, are joining forces in an effort to cut healthcare costs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Antoine Gara, Forbes Staff Tags: NASDAQ:ESRX NYSE:JPM NYSE:AET NYSE:UNH NASDAQ:AMZN Source Type: news

Amazon, Berkshire, JPM team up for cheaper employee healthcare
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc , Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase& Co are forming a venture aimed at lowering healthcare costs for their U.S. employees, they said on Tuesday, sparking a slide in the shares of a host of healthcare-related companies. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan to create healthcare company
Move is response to soaring US healthcare costs (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - January 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

ResMed tops Wall Street ’ s Q2 earnings forecast, despite $127m tax hit
The U.S. tax reform passed last year dealt a $127 million blow to ResMed (NYSE:RMD) during its fiscal second quarter, but the sleep apnea company still managed to top Wall Street’s consensus earnings forecast with its Q2 results. San Diego-based ResMed posted profits of $9.5 million, or 7¢ per share, on sales of $601.3 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2017, for a bottom-line slide of -87.6% on sales growth of 13.4% compared with fiscal Q2 2016. The profit decline was driven by the Dec. 22 enactment of the U.S. tax reform bill, which delivered a $126.6 million hit to ResMed’s books consistin...
Source: Mass Device - January 23, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Respiratory Wall Street Beat ResMed Inc. Source Type: news

FDA clears FloPump 32 from International Biophysics
International Biophysics said today that it won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its FloPump 32 centrifugal disposable heart pump, designed for use with Getinge (PINK:GETI B) subsidiary Maquet Cardiovascular‘s RotaFlow console. Austin, Texas-based International Biophysics tout The FloPump 32 as one of the smallest centrifugal pumps in the world at 32ml prime. “With this FDA clearance of our FloPump 32 for the U.S. market we continue to bring the highest quality surgical products to the market while lowering healthcare costs,” founder & CEO David Shockley said in prepared remarks. ...
Source: Mass Device - January 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Getinge internationalbiophysics Maquet Cardiovascular LLC Origen Biomedical Source Type: news

By the Numbers: Physicians' Economic Impact
(MedPage Today) -- Did AMA just saddle physicians with responsibility for soaring healthcare costs? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - January 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Do more CT scans lead to more kidney surgeries?
The higher the number of chest or abdominal CT exams in a hospital referral...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Incidental imaging findings boost healthcare costs Incidental findings: When in doubt, point them out -- or not Incidental findings on CT lung screening offer benefits, costs Incidental findings on CT spark disagreement CT tracks renal cancer recurrence after surgery (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 9, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Z-Medica Officially Launches QuikClot Control+
Wallingford, CT, Lake Buena Vista, FL – Z-Medica, LLC, a leading developer and marketer of hemostatic devices, announces today that QuikClot Control+ is now commercially available. The announcement is being made in advance of the 2018 EAST Annual Scientific Assembly of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), January 9-13 at the Disney Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where Z-Medica will be exhibiting. Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June of 2017 under the de novo classification process, QuikClot Control+ is the first and only hemostatic dressing cleared for ...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Z-Medica Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Z-Medica Officially Launches QuikClot Control+
Wallingford, CT, Lake Buena Vista, FL – Z-Medica, LLC, a leading developer and marketer of hemostatic devices, announces today that QuikClot Control+ is now commercially available. The announcement is being made in advance of the 2018 EAST Annual Scientific Assembly of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), January 9-13 at the Disney Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where Z-Medica will be exhibiting. Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June of 2017 under the de novo classification process, QuikClot Control+ is the first and only hemostatic dressing cleared for ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Z-Medica Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Temporal trends in healthcare costs and outcome following ICU admission after traumatic brain injury - Raj R, Bendel S, Reinikainen M, Hoppu S, Luoto T, Ala-Kokko T, Tetri S, Laitio R, Koivisto T, Rinne J, Kivisaari R, Siironen J, Higgins A, Skrifvars MB.
OBJECTIVE: To assess temporal trends in 1-year healthcare costs and outcome of intensive care for traumatic brain injury in Finland. DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Multicenter study including four tertiary ICUs. PATIENTS... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Perverse Incentives: Do You See What I See?
(MedPage Today) -- Milton Packer identifies a primary reason for skyrocketing healthcare costs (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - January 3, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Report: Indian legislator seeks price caps for 20 medical devices
A member of India’s parliament asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday to cap the prices on 20 medical devices, in addition to the orthopedic and cardiac products that are already cost-limited there. The caps enacted by India’s National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority on knee implants and cardiac stents have caused other major medtech players to seek to withdraw their devices from India. In April, the NPPA rejected applications from Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) and Abbott (NYSE:ABT) to pull their respective Resolute Onyx and Absorb stents (Abbott has sin...
Source: Mass Device - December 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Orthopedics Regulatory/Compliance Stents Indian National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) Source Type: news

Could This Protect Implantable Devices from Dangerous Bacteria?
Bacteria may need to find a new home inside the body, as researchers from Georgia Tech’s school of chemical and biomolecular engineering announced this week the development of a new electrochemical etching process that can be used on common stainless steel alloys to create a nanotextured surface with bacteria-killing spikes. If clinical studies continue to progress, the new process could have a big impact on implantable devices, providing a surface that can fight against microbial contamination. The new process is still under investigation as researchers try to understand the specific means by which the material actu...
Source: MDDI - December 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Kristopher Sturgis Tags: Surface Treatment Implants Source Type: news

How a New European Medtech Fund Could Help Private Companies
LSP, a European life sciences investment group, just closed a $330 million medtech fund, dubbed the LSP Health Economics Fund 2 (LSP HEF 2). The fund was oversubscribed and exceeded both its target size and its original cap, making it the largest fund in Europe dedicated to medical technology, the firm noted. The investment strategy of LSP HEF 2 will follow that of the first LSP HEF, which is to fund innovation that has the potential to improve the quality of patient care while also keeping healthcare costs under control. LSP said the new fund will invest in around 15 private U.S. and European companies with innovative hea...
Source: MDDI - December 14, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Senzime wins CE Mark for TetraGraph neuromoscular monitor
German patient monitor developer Senzime said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its TetraGraph neuromuscular monitor. The newly cleared TetraGraph monitor is designed for use in the perioperative monitoring of physiologic data in surgical patients under general anesthesia and muscle relaxation using neuromuscular blocking drugs. The system is designed to stimulate a peripheral nerve to measure, analyze and display muscle function in surgical patients who’ve received NMBAs as part of their general anesthesia. “The CE mark is a major milestone for Senzime, we will immediately commence the ma...
Source: Mass Device - December 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Diagnostics Regulatory/Compliance senzime Source Type: news

Teleflex inks respiratory heater supply deal with HealthTrust
Teleflex (NYSE:TFX) said today it inked a group purchasing agreement with HealthTrust to supply it with respiratory heaters and accessories. The deal, which became effective December 1, includes Teleflex’s portfolio of active humidification, non-invasive ventilation and high flow nasal cannula therapy products, the Wayne, Penn.-based company said. HealthTrust has more than 400 member hospitals which will now gain access to humidification products including the Hudson RCI Neptune heated humidifier and Comfort Flo plus high flow nasal cannula, Teleflex said. Teleflex said the new contract complements its exis...
Source: Mass Device - December 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Respiratory HealthTrust Teleflex Source Type: news

Individualized Glycemic Control Could Safely Cut Costs in Type 2 Diabetes
Individualized glycemic control — compared with uniform intensive control — safely reduces healthcare costs in adults with type 2 diabetes, according to a modeling study in the... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medicare finalizes cuts to value-based healthcare programs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday finalized cuts to a trio of bundled payment pilot programs aimed at lowering healthcare costs and improving outcomes. The federal health insurer cut the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, or CJR, effectively in half, from 67 geographic areas participating to 34, meaning about 470 hospital participants instead of 800. That cuts the expected savings from the CJR program from $295 million to $189 million, according to CMS. The agency also finalized the cancellation of its Episode Payment Model and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive P...
Source: Mass Device - December 1, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Wall Street Beat Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Reimbursement valuebasedhealthcare Source Type: news

Repairing immunity – The key to healing
(Natural News) The rise of “superbugs” – antibiotic-resistant microbes such as MRSA – has been labeled a public health crisis by the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, healthcare costs continue to rise – while chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and autoimmune disorders increase – at an alarming rate. Clearly, Western medicine... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VitalConnect closes $20m term loan
Wearable biometric diagnostic patch company VitalConnect has closed a $20 million senior secured term loan with Oxford Finance, according to a press release from the finance firm. VitalConnect produces the VitalPatch wearable biosensor, as well as its VitalConnect Platform to enable monitoring of the patch’s sensor data. The company’s devices can return multiple measurements in a single biosensor patch, including single-lead ECG data, heart rate, RR interval, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body posture, fall detection and activity including steps, according to th...
Source: Mass Device - November 29, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Diagnostics Patent Infringement Vital Connect Source Type: news

UnitedHealthcare launches maternity app with 24-7 nurse support
This week UnitedHealthcare launched a new maternity health app, The UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy, which will provide patients with 24-7 nurse support during pregnancy and after delivery. The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based insurance company said it hopes to provide expectant and new parents additional access to prenatal and post-natal care and also to reduce healthcare costs.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 28, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Innovating beyond rising U.S. healthcare costs
As nearly any employer, provider or consumer that touches the U.S. healthcare system can attest, decades of rising healthcare costs have put pressure on family budgets, businesses and taxpayers alike. The price of medical care is the single biggest factor behind U.S. healthcare spending, accounting for 90 percent of the $3 trillion spent annually on healthcare in this country. This spending reflects the cost of caring for people with long-term medical conditions, an aging population and the inc reased… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Source Type: news

Burdened By High Medication Costs? Your Boss May Be Able To Help
Reference pricing is an important way to combat high healthcare costs without regulating prices or strictly limiting patient choice. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Virtual models tackle EU healthcare challenges
Healthcare costs across Europe are increasing, with an ageing population and the burden of treating chronic diseases consuming valuable resources. EU-funded researchers have used Model-Based Therapeutics (MBT) - a process whereby computer models of the human body, patient data and automation are combined - to create new treatments for common medical problems that improve patient well-being and save money. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 15, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Medtech Employers Need to Keep Pace with Job Market
The medical device and diagnostics industry is a smart place to build a career. Professionals working in the field say they enjoy the work for the chance to pioneer new medical advances, to solve challenges, and to make a positive impact for patients. For the past few years, medtech employees have been able to call the shots, with an abundance of well-paying, meaningful roles and continued growth in the sector. As the trend toward crossover with consumer tech continues and as other industries piles on cool perks, high salaries, and prestige, leading medtech recruiters are urging medtech companies to keep an eye on their ke...
Source: MDDI - November 14, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Marie Thibault Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Why Investing In Better Primary Care Failed To Save Money
There's a lack of convincing evidence that better primary care for chronically ill patients lowers U.S. healthcare costs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Zebra Medical Vision to host AI1 image analytics on Google Cloud
Israeli machine-learning radiology firm Zebra Medical Vision said it will be uploading its radiology algorithms to the Google (NSDQ:GOOG) Cloud as part of the AI1 automated imaging analytics tools offering it announced last month. The AI1 analytical platform includes a deep learning engine system that can detect various medical findings from image scans on its own, including the detection of liver, lung, cardiovascular and bone disease. The Israel-based company also said said it is planning to introduce new capabilities that would cover breast cancer, lung cancer, brain trauma, hypertension and oth...
Source: Mass Device - November 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Health Information Technology Imaging Zebra Medical Vision Source Type: news

NanoVibronix touts lowered UTIs in interim UroShield study results
NanoVibronix (NSDQ:NAOV) today released interim results from a trial of its UroShield ultrasound device designed to prevent bacteria and biofilms from forming on urinary catheters, touting a low rate of catheter-acquired urinary tract infections. The Uroshield device from the Elmsford, N.Y.-based company is designed to decrease pain and discomfort associated with urinary catheter use while also preventing bacterial colonization and biofilm on indwelling catheters to reduce UTIs. The 51-patient trial examined patients at 5 nursing facilities, with 26 patients being treated with the UroShield and 25 in a control group r...
Source: Mass Device - November 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Catheters Clinical Trials Urology nanovibronix Source Type: news

Low value surgical procedures should be avoided to reduce costs and improve patient care
(Wiley) Reducing the use of 'low value' interventions that deliver little benefit is vital to cut healthcare costs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HeartFlow wins CMS new tech payment classification for FFRct analysis
HeartFlow said today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a new technology ambulatory payment classification for its HeartFlow FFRct analysis designed to help diagnose suspected coronary artery disease. Under the newly finalized payment decision, Medicare-enrolled hospitals will be eligible for reimbursements of $1,450.50 for each technical component of the FFRct analysis. The new rules are set to take effect on January 1, 2018. “CMS’s decision to assign a New Technology APC for FFRct technology for Medicare recipients is a recognition of the value of this technology and its demo...
Source: Mass Device - November 6, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Business/Financial News Diagnostics HeartFlow Source Type: news

Multiple illnesses and end-of-life care drive high healthcare costs in old age
Expert commentary is provided for a cohort study which found that total per person healthcare costs increased from age 80 years, reaching a maximum in the 90-94 age range. This underscores the idea that we should move towards a preventative person centred model of care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ResMed lifts on FY2018 Q1 sales beat
Shares in ResMed (NYSE:RMD) have risen in after-hours trading after the medical device maker beat expectations on Wall Street with its 1st quarter fiscal year 2018 earnings results. The San Diego, Calif.-based company posted profits of $86.1 million, or 60¢ per share, on sales of $523.7 million for the 3 months ended September 30, seeing the bottom line grow 13.2% while sales grew 12.5% compared with the same period during the previous fiscal year. Adjusted to exclude 1-time items, earnings per share were 66¢, just in line with consensus on Wall Street, where analysts expected to see sales of $505.6 million....
Source: Mass Device - October 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News MassDevice Earnings Roundup ResMed Inc. Source Type: news

Report calls for better mental health support in the workplace
"Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, a report says," writes BBC News. This was just one of the UK media outlets that published the findings of a report looking at the extent of mental ill health in the workplace, and the related economic and social costs. Most of the media led with headlines stating that 300,000 people with long-term mental health conditions leave work each year – twice the rate of those without mental health conditions. The loss to the economy was estimated to be up to £99 billion a year, including lost productivity output, t...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

Can Hospitalists and ED Staff Drive Down Healthcare Costs? Can Hospitalists and ED Staff Drive Down Healthcare Costs?
Telemedicine, ED staff working with hospitalists, and improving patient handoff can improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs, Drs Robert Glatter and Sherri L. Sandel say.Medscape Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Health Mart and APCI Celebrate Pharmacists on Florida Independent Pharmacy Day
LAKELAND, Fla., October 23, 2017 — Florida Independent Pharmacy Day celebrates the contributions of independent pharmacists in reducing healthcare costs and improving patient care. Health Mart and American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI) have invited Florida legislators to visit pharmacies across F... (Source: McKesson News)
Source: McKesson News - October 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big — And You Pay for the Waste
(MedPage Today) -- Another reason healthcare costs are so high (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 21, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Ageing Asia: What Does the Future Hold?
Conclusion To effectively meet the meets of the growing elderly population over the next few decades, it is crucial that we understand what socio-economic, cultural and political factors will drive their healthcare decision making, especially where out-of-pocket payment will be required.  Market research, grounded in local knowledge and expertise, is a key means of achieving this understanding. Whether via patients directly (recognizing the technological or capability limitations that may exist in the elderly population), or their caregivers (noting that the family has traditionally played an important role in provid...
Source: EyeForPharma - October 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are obese: Study
Almost forty percent of adults in the U.S. are obese, continuing an epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher healthcare costs. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for October 12, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 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. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. UVC LEDs: Energizing a new generation of portable, healthcare disinfection devices According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), one in every 25 hospital patients in the U.S. will contract a hospital-acqu...
Source: Mass Device - October 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

UVC LEDs: Energizing a new generation of portable, healthcare disinfection devices
Mark Pizzuto [Image from Crystal IS]Mark Pizzuto, Crystal IS According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), one in every 25 hospital patients in the U.S. will contract a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) during their visit. Often expensive and sometimes fatal, HAIs are adding billions to the country’s already bourgeoning healthcare costs. For decades, hospitals and other healthcare facilities have employed ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems (more recently referred to as germicidal UV or GUV), equipped with low-pressure mercury vapor lamps as an added layer of disinfection for a variety o...
Source: Mass Device - October 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Sterilization / Calibration Crystal IS MedTech UV Source Type: news