Author Archives: Jim Stommen

Med-tech community wary, but at the same time optimistic about the future of the sector

The MedTech Investing Conference held each May in Minneapolis is one of the more interesting investor-focused gatherings on the calendar. It always earns accolades from attendees as representing one of the best opportunities to bring together venture capitalists, entrepreneur/innovators and…

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Gigantic jury award in first J&J hip implant case is breathtaking as an initial benchmark

Chilling. It isn’t often that a bit of news is a perfect fit to that one-word description, but the recent decision by a Los Angeles jury in the first case to be decided pitting Johnson & Johnson (J&J; New Brunswick,…

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Awarding an Oscar for best performance in raising awareness of prosthetic technologies

Oscar Pistorius didn’t win a medal in the just-concluded Olympic Games. Not a gold, not a silver, not a bronze. In fact, he finished last in his semifinal heat of the 400-meter run (I think they call it the 400-meter…

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Consumers take their own tweet time using social media for health questions

OK, social media mavens – this one’s for you. This coming from someone who, whenever I see or hear a reference to a Tweet, automatically rack up the chorus to Bobby Day’s golden oldie “Rockin’ Robin” (yes, and the Jackson…

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What’s up, doc? Survey says ‘lying weasel’ doesn’t only apply to miscreant football coaches

The recent hubbub about ex-University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino, which centered on the latest examples of his propensity for lying to his superiors, got me to thinking. Not so much about how proven prevaricator Petrino finally lied his…

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Unhappiness of physicians is reflected in some startling numbers in career-recommendation survey

As I read through one particular healthcare-related news item recently, the lyrics to the old “If you’re happy and you know it” song just plain took over my subconscious thinking. You know the one I’m talking about: “If you’re happy…

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Administration’s proposed cuts in U.S. spending on prevention/wellness programs are beyond puzzling

By JIM STOMMEN Medical Device Daily Contributing Writer The recent decision by the Obama administration to propose big-time funding cuts for medical prevention and wellness programs is, like many of the decisions that come out of Washington, puzzling to say…

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Medicare’s decision to cover weight-reduction efforts is a good move, but details still matter

By JIM STOMMEN Medical Device Daily Contributing Writer   Talk about eating from the public trough: The folks who run Medicare are putting their money where our collective mouths are. The nation’s largest health insurance plan reported awhile back that…

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Changing nature of healthcare is reflected in new push for services to become a retail commodity

“Okay, hon. I’m headed over to MammothMart. Need to grab some beer and munchies for the Monday night game, a replacement shower head for the bathroom and maybe that new Michael Connelly book.” “I might as well get the oil…

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A tinkerer at heart, Wilson Greatbatch epitomized what that means to medicine

A prolific inventor who died last week in upstate New York at the age of 92, Wilson Greatbatch is credited with more than 325 patents, including coming up with the first practical implantable pacemaker. Besides being memorialized for those breakthroughs,…

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