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    Delays in reporting led FDA to late cancer warning on breast implants, advocates say

    Cases need to be better tracked, and the cancer risks should be discussed with patients prior to surgery, patient advocates and physicians said.

    Elise Reuter • March 22, 2023
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    Diabetes outlook: What Dexcom, Medtronic and other leaders are watching in 2023

    From new product launches to regulatory changes that could expand CGM coverage, company executives and analysts share their predictions.

    Elise Reuter • Jan. 20, 2023
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    A look back at medtech’s top 10 acquisitions of 2022

    While larger acquisitions were announced at the end of the year including J&J’s $16.6B purchase of Abiomed, the number of deals declined from 2021.

    Elise Reuter • Dec. 22, 2022
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    Apple locked in court battles with small medtech firms over allegations of stolen technology

    AliveCor and Masimo are looking to bar Apple from selling watches that use technology the firms claim they invented.

    Elise Reuter and Nick Paul Taylor • Updated Dec. 13, 2022
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    Health tech companies weigh options to stem cash burn as IPO market sags

    Healthcare technology companies are delaying initial share sales as public market stocks and valuations plunge across the sector. Where will they turn in the meantime?

    Sydney Halleman • Updated Nov. 24, 2022
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    Medtech companies shift strategy as more orthopedic procedures move to ambulatory surgical centers

    Many ASCs are looking for cashless options to get capital equipment as they offset the cost of new buildings, Zimmer Biomet COO Ivan Tornos said.

    Elise Reuter • Oct. 5, 2022
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    With COVID testing on the wane, small diagnostics companies shift focus

    Startups that grew quickly from large contracts are looking nervously to a new future, as demand plummets for mass testing and shifts to homes.

    Elise Reuter • July 13, 2022
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    Companies see a future for smart implants. Doctors are waiting for proof.

    Zimmer Biomet and Canary Medical are rolling out the first knee implant with an integrated sensor, though it will take time to learn how to incorporate that data into patient care, experts say.

    Elise Reuter • June 28, 2022
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    As cross-state telemedicine waivers expire, virtual care advocates focus on long-term policy changes

    There’s a complication: No one solution to the U.S.’ patchy physician licensing infrastructure has universal buy-in.

    Rebecca Pifer • June 22, 2022
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    Can digital therapeutics become profitable?

    As more software-based treatments gain FDA clearance, they still face hurdles ahead in getting insurance reimbursement and garnering adoption among patients and physicians.

    Elise Reuter • April 11, 2022
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    ‘Where’s the patient?’: Experts question FDA’s final recall guidance

    While the guidance encouraged the use of electronic communications in recalls — a change experts have advocated for — some questioned why the agency did not address more problems with the system.

    Ricky Zipp • April 6, 2022
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    Hospitals struggle to fill staffing holes in short, long term amid surge in nurse turnover

    "This is a bigger workforce shortage than we have ever dealt with," said Gay Landstrom, senior vice president and chief nursing officer of Trinity Health, a nonprofit system with 88 hospitals nationwide.

    Hailey Mensik • March 31, 2022
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    Long-term health of patients, hospitals at stake as care delays continue

    As federal relief funds dwindle and volumes remain stagnant, concerns are mounting about the stability of many providers' operations, especially those lacking robust outpatient services.

    Samantha Liss • March 30, 2022
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    The case for hybrid care models

    Telehealth is increasingly being woven into healthcare organizations' future plans, giving hope to proponents of hybrid care models.

    Rebecca Pifer • March 22, 2022
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    Threats, obscenities, homicide: Healthcare workers stressed by pandemic face elevated violence

    Millions of healthcare workers across the country are becoming inured to workplace violence, which can range from verbal abuse and threats to physical attacks and even homicide.

    Hailey Mensik • March 9, 2022
  • Medtech, hospitals on alert for cyberattacks after Russia's invasion of Ukraine

    While cybersecurity threats to healthcare and medical devices have grown during the pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict has raised the threat level, putting patient safety at risk.

    Greg Slabodkin • Feb. 28, 2022
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    3 key FDA topics for medtechs in 2022

    While the agency is looking to get back to normal operations this year, COVID-19 is poised to remain a top priority and, once again, thin resources for more traditional work, such as product reviews.

    Ricky Zipp and Greg Slabodkin • Feb. 1, 2022
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    3 key labor trends for hospitals in 2022

    Hospitals are still grappling with rising turnover, widespread burnout and numerous staff calling in sick nearly two years after the pandemic began. It's unclear when it might get better — or how much worse it could get.

    Hailey Mensik • Jan. 27, 2022
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    4 key trends for procedure-reliant medtechs in 2022

    Medical device companies likely will face the same challenges this year that they have been dealing with since the pandemic's start, such as procedure volatility and hospital staffing shortages.

    Ricky Zipp • Jan. 27, 2022
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    The shifting digital health investment landscape in 2022

    Signs point toward another historic year in VC investment, experts say, which will benefit the medical system as it evolves to include more digital services.

    Rebecca Pifer • Jan. 25, 2022
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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, experts say healthcare providers carry a much heavier load.

    Greg Slabodkin • Dec. 1, 2021
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    Why are women more likely to use telehealth?

    As Washington mulls over telehealth regulations post-COVID-19, it's important not to roll back access in a way that could disproportionately affect women, experts say.

    Rebecca Pifer • Nov. 3, 2021
  • Anatomy of a medical device recall: How defective products can slip through an outdated system

    "It truly is like we are operating in about the 1950s," one consultant noted of the process. The FDA has held two meetings in the past year to mull improvements.

    Ricky Zipp • Oct. 18, 2021
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    How Morgan Health hopes to finally move the needle on employer health costs: 5 insights from a chat with the venture's CEO

    Morgan Health learned a lot from Haven, but is a different beast with better knowledge of the buy-in needed to disrupt the health benefits space, CEO Dan Mendelson told Healthcare Dive.

    Rebecca Pifer • Oct. 8, 2021
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    Will a software bill of materials help or hurt medical device cybersecurity?

    President Joe Biden's executive order calls for SBOMs, and the FDA wants to require premarket submissions to have an inventory of third-party device components. AdvaMed is concerned the data could be exploited by hackers.

    Greg Slabodkin • Oct. 7, 2021