ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improve patient care, reveals the top 10 concerns facing healthcare risk managers for 2011. Again this year, the Healthcare Risk Control System’s membership survey of challenges confronting healthcare risk managers reflects the diversity of tasks on risk managers’ plates.
(AP) — Intuitive Surgical, Inc. announced ts fourth-quarter net income rose 56 percent on better sales of its minimally invasive surgical platform, da Vinci. Net income increased to $121.2 million, or $3.02 per share, from $77.5 million, or $1.95 per share, in the same period a year earlier.
Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration is recommending stricter testing requirements for heart-zapping defibrillators after years of increasing problems with the emergency medical devices. Under the agency's proposal posted online, makers of external defibrillators would need to submit more data and undergo manufacturing inspections before launching a new product.
Kristen Wyatt, AP Some Colorado lawmakers say their state should be the first one where people become organ donors by default, even though other states' efforts have been halted by worries about making such a personal decision automatic. Colorado's proposal, introduced in the Legislature last week, would change the process for renewing driver's licenses and ID cards so applicants are assumed to be organ and tissue donors unless they initial a statement that says they want to opt out.
Alicia Chang, Juliet Williams, AP A woman whose natural voice could have been silenced forever because of vocal cord damage is able to talk again after undergoing a rare voice box transplant. Brenda Charett Jensen, 52, reunited Thursday with the team of surgeons who performed the delicate operation last October, only the second surgery of its kind performed in the United States.
Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new funding opportunity for grants to help states continue their work to implement a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – Health Insurance Exchanges. When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2014, Health Insurance Exchanges will provide individuals and small businesses with a “one-stop shop” to find and compare affordable, high-quality health insurance options.
A tiny camera with adjustable zoom could aid endoscopic imaging, robotics and night-vision. January 19, 2011 Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are the first to develop a curvilinear camera, much like the human eye, with the significant feature of a zoom capability, unlike the human eye.
(AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Gil Meche has retired at the age of 32, walking away from a $12 million salary rather than face shoulder surgery that could have ended his season before it ever started. Meche signed a $55 million, five-year deal with Kansas City as a free agent before the 2007 season.
According to a study by Aziz Sheikh (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland) and colleagues, whish is published in this week's PLoS Medicine , despite the support for eHealth technologies, such as electronic patient records and e-prescribing, the scientific basis of their benefits remains to be firmly established.
A unique collaborative effort among business leaders and health care providers to make Ohio the safest place in the nation for healthcare has led to more than $12.8 million in health care savings, more than 900 fewer patient days spent in the hospital and nearly 3,600 fewer adverse drug events and infections in children.
(AP) — Police say a fake valet at a Massachusetts emergency room offered to park a pregnant woman's car, then drove away with it. Lowell police Capt. Kelly Richardson tells the Boston Herald that the woman drove herself to Lowell General Hospital at 3 a.m. Friday while suffering labor pains.
(AP) — It would be easier to gauge Apple CEO Steve Jobs' current medical problems if he had said more about the ones he has faced in the past. Jobs, who turns 56 next month, said Monday that he would take a third leave of absence to focus on his health. It may not be as serious as many fear, but coming from a man who has had cancer and a liver transplant, the lack of detail is causing concern.
Results of a multi-year, independent clinical research study on retained surgical sponges published in the February edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety shows that the institution implementing the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System eliminated the occurrence of retained surgical sponges and the costs associated with these preventable surgical errors.
Performing polysomnography (a sleep study) prior to pediatric adenotonsillectomy may help identify children at a higher risk of developing post-operative respiratory complications, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of Otolaryngology - Head Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
A procedure involving one small incision and no major modifications to bone can be used to transpose a tendon and appears helpful in re-animating the lower face after paralysis, according to a report in the January/February issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.