Tag Archives: healthcare reform

Enough stinky greens, med-tech wants dessert!

Change is what the American public was promised (or some might say threatened with) during the 2008 presidential election and for better or worse, the healthcare industry worldwide has been served an extra large helping of that change over the…

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A refreshing take on the state of the med-tech industry

Here at Medical Device Daily we’ve become accustomed to the doom-and-gloom stories about our industry. The medical device tax provision in the Affordable Care Act and other emerging realities of healthcare reform along with worldwide economic sluggishness, regulatory and reimbursement challenges, consolidation…

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Med-tech innovation is dead, long live med-tech innovation

We have been hearing a lot about the death of innovation in the field of medical technology for the past few years, a victim; it would appear, of a sluggish worldwide economy and more stringent regulation and reimbursement policies. However,…

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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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Is the U.S. no longer the dominant player in med-tech?

In the March 15 issue of Medical Device Daily, there were two stories that discussed the medical technology industry in the U.S., and neither of them cast a particularly flattering light on the current state of affairs. In fact, it…

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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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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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A whole new world

Five years ago this month my byline began appearing on the pages of Medical Device Daily. When I first joined the MDD staff in October 2006 I knew very little about this industry. It was like moving to a new…

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Some paper along with those EHRs please …

Frustration could not even begin to describe the look on my mother’s face during a recent trip to a local lab here in Atlanta to get some diagnostic tests run. The lab had lost all their electronic records, along with…

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Oh brother, it’s Big Brother

There is an Irish aphorism which states: “Anything that keeps a politician humble is healthy for democracy.” The same might be said of bureaucrats. What sometimes strikes me as odd is that you can easily find coverage of the miscues…

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