Category Archives: Hospital

Faster results from diagnostics could reduce anxiety

How many of us have ever gone into the doctor to undergo some tests and then have to wait several days to get the results? Is it just me or can the wait be a bit maddening? I mean in…

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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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J.P. Morgan healthcare meeting augurs trends for 2012 and beyond

Hopefully not lost in all the comings and goings of more than 8,500 people at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week were some important take-home messages about the future of med-tech, a future that promises many challenges…

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Why isn’t more preventative healthcare covered by insurance?

I went to see my doctor a few weeks ago for a physical. Since I just turned 40, he recommended that I have a CT scan to check for calcification in my heart valves. Maybe I would have said  “no,”…

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MedCath’s rise and fall a reflection of the changing realities of a fickle healthcare market

Back in the early days of Medical Device Daily – in fact, it might even have been in the relatively brief very early period of time when the new publication was known as Medical Device Week – it’s likely that…

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Doc fix awaiting another patch

Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted down a higher debt ceiling for the U.S. government, Congress can go back the drawing board on deciding how many Medicare spending cuts the voters and stakeholders can stomach, but as…

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TAVR looked upon as next med-tech blockbuster, but is it ready for primetime?

It’s easy to understand the excitement about the PARTNER trial, sponsored by Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, California), the company that makes the much talked about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device, called the Sapien. After all, given the choice between open…

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Is Medtronic’s cancellation of GPO contracts a prelude to a trend, or just an anomaly?

Late last month, Medtronic (Minneapolis) reported that it was cancelling several of its largest contracts with group purchasing organizations (GPOs) worth more than $2 billion collectively. Medtronic said the decision to cancel five contracts with Novation (Irving, Texas) and another…

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