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    Cybersecurity leads ECRI's list of top medtech hazards for 2022

    Cyber incidents can compromise patient care and attacks against hospitals have become more prevalent in recent years. However, ECRI said the worst consequences are preventable.

    By Elise Reuter • Jan. 19, 2022
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    Biden administration publishes long-awaited TEFCA interoperability framework

    After TEFCA's many fits and starts, ONC head Micky Tripathi called its finalization a "milestone" marking the beginning of a "new era of electronic health information exchange in the U.S."

    By Jan. 18, 2022
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    Sweeping rules prohibiting information blocking and standardizing EHR and software data exchange came at a pivotal time, as the COVID-19 public health crisis quickly highlighted the stark need for smoother data sharing systemwide.

    By Healthcare Dive staff
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    Why your growth depends on an EHR integration strategy and 8 steps to get you there

    Eight project steps that every data integration requires, from planning to go-live to scaling.

    Jan. 18, 2022
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    Neurological devices, diagnostics dominate latest FDA breakthrough designations

    The agency has granted breakthrough designations to several devices for neurological conditions, including an autism test and treatment as well as diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • Jan. 13, 2022
  • Teladoc ups revenue, visit expectations for 2021

    Despite consistent revenue growth with an expected topline of $2.03 billion for the year, the 20-year-old vendor has not yet turned a profit and is currently facing a skeptical market.

    By Jan. 11, 2022
  • Digital health funding reaches record $29.1B in 2021

    "The digital health market wasn't an across-the-board bubble, but it wasn't placid water either," Rock Health researchers said in a new report on investment in the space.

    By Jan. 11, 2022
  • Stryker to buy Vocera Communications for nearly $3B

    The multibillion-dollar buy is medtech's first major deal of 2022, following a spending spree in the sector last year. Stryker's stock price was slightly down Thursday, but Vocera's rose by nearly 27%.

    By Ricky Zipp • Jan. 6, 2022
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    J&J device chief on company split, omicron surge, robotic surgery

    Ashley McEvoy is confident that 2022 will not be as bad as the first or second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the omicron variant drives cases up, but adds that "we're not out of the woods yet."

    By Ricky Zipp • Dec. 23, 2021
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    FDA warns about Log4j cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices

    The bugs in Apache's Java-based open source logging library could potentially allow unauthorized users to remotely impact the safety and effectiveness of device functionality, according to the agency.

    By Greg Slabodkin • Dec. 20, 2021
  • Cerner acquired by Oracle for $28B

    The deal further pushes Oracle into the healthcare market, where its presence is mostly in data use efficiency for payers and providers. Oracle's areas of focus include database software and cloud systems.

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    FDA finds 3 COVID-19 tests that fail to detect the omicron variant

    Diagnostics from Applied DNA Sciences, Meridian Bioscience and Tide Laboratories are not able to detect omicron, causing false negative results, and should not be used, the agency said.

    By Greg Slabodkin • Dec. 16, 2021
  • 3 medtech markets poised to thrive in 2022 despite renewed COVID-19 pressures

    While the emergence of the omicron variant is muddying next year's medtech outlook, analysts have identified three niches within the sector best positioned to successfully weather the continued strains on the healthcare system.

    By Susan Kelly • Dec. 15, 2021
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    Study finds surgery volumes bounced back after 2020 COVID-19 shutdown

    But more recently, confounding factors such as healthcare staffing shortages are causing the delta variant headwind to drag on. Rapidly increasing inpatient volumes are leading some U.S. hospitals to again delay surgical procedures.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • Dec. 9, 2021
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    COVID-19 drops out of top telehealth diagnoses in September even as virtual care use rises

    National telehealth use, measured as a percentage of all medical claims, rose more than 2% in September for the second straight month as the delta variant surged, following a sustained period of decline early this year.

    By Dec. 7, 2021
  • Medicare telehealth visits increased 63-fold from 2019 to 2020, new government data shows

    Virtual visits for Medicare beneficiaries went from hundreds of thousands pre-pandemic to tens of millions in 2020, with many beneficiaries using telehealth for the first time.

    By Dec. 6, 2021
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    Are you leaving your FHIR API front door unlocked?

    Research shows FHIR APIs come with major security vulnerabilities — here's how to protect your data.

    Dec. 6, 2021
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    3 healthcare CIOs share top industry challenges

    Behind the scenes, healthcare CIOs are critical to keeping their organizations running through a once-in-a-lifetime crisis. Now, three executives weigh in on the challenges ahead.

    By Roberto Torres • Dec. 2, 2021
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    CVS, Microsoft ink alliance to develop digital health, personalized products

    CVS is banking that Microsoft's computing capabilities can help it weave together its virtual and physical assets to capture a greater slice of patients' healthcare journeys — and the corresponding revenue.

    By Dec. 2, 2021
  • VA to resume Cerner medical record implementation early next year with new leadership

    Officials have released an updated deployment schedule for the beleaguered $16 billion EHR modernization project.

    By Dec. 2, 2021
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    Patient willingness for telehealth high, but in-person care perceived as more valuable, research suggests

    Patients who leaned toward in-person care were more willing to pay for it, while those who preferred video visits were more sensitive to out-of-pocket costs, a survey conducted by Rand found.

    By Dec. 1, 2021
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    Medical device security continues to be casualty of hospital-medtech divide

    FDA says manufacturers and hospitals are both responsible for protecting devices from growing cybersecurity threats. However, healthcare organizations carry a much heavier load.

    By Greg Slabodkin • Dec. 1, 2021
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    Accelerating outcomes amid healthcare's digital transformation

    New market research finds that while digital strategies are widespread in healthcare, execution challenges persist.

    Nov. 29, 2021
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    EHR vendor Athenahealth bought out in $17B private equity deal

    The transaction, which will be financed through a mix of equity and debt, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year and is the latest in a recent string of large leveraged buyouts.

    By Nov. 22, 2021
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    MCIT breakthrough device payment pathway included in Cures 2.0 bill

    Lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a revised MCIT proposal in the next version of the 21st Century Cures Act, following last week's repeal of the final rule by CMS. Industry groups AdvaMed and MDMA backed the legislation.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • Nov. 18, 2021
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    Delta surge spurs Amwell's urgent care growth as specialty, behavioral visits drop off

    Urgent care visits generate less revenue, so the shift in mix had an unfavorable impact on total revenue per visit. Amwell's revenue was down 1% year over year to $62.2 million, lower than analyst expectations.

    By Nov. 11, 2021