Pediatric Health Moving Forward

Cerner Corporation and the Children’s National Health System have formed the first exclusively Pediatric Health Informatics Institute in the nation to be called the “Bear Institute” due to be operational in January. (more…)

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Medical Device Prices Trending Lower

A new study released at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) Med Tech Conference held September 23-25, points out that pricing trends for implantable medical devices show that average prices have declined significantly for major categories of implantable medical devices from 2007 through 2011. In that period, the seven largest categories of implantable medical devices saw substantial declines in average selling prices paid by hospitals on both a nominal and inflation-adjusted basis. (more…)

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$14.5M in Funding for Hospitals

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced that the state is providing $14.5 million to go to 57 hospitals across the state. The funding will be used to help hospitals including critical access hospitals and community health centers to transition to integrated delivery systems. The funding was included in the FY 13 state budget and the awards are supported by federal matching funds. (more…)

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Tech Saving Mothers & Babies

Africare, a non-governmental organization is working in partnership with the people in Africa to build sustainable healthy and productive communities. One of their objectives is to increase the demand and access to high quality maternal and neonatal services for women living in remote areas of Senegal. The hope is to find potential problems early and be able to make quick referrals to centers that are equipped to manage emergency obstetric care. (more…)

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FDA Awards Seven Grants

FDA has just awarded seven grants totaling more than $3.5 million to stimulate the development of pediatric medical devices through their “Pediatric Development Consortia Grant Program”. The funding was awarded to various pediatric device consortia to enable the seven consortia to obtain expertise needed in the areas of business, regulatory and legal issues, plus scientific and engineering knowledge, to improve clinical services for the pediatric community. (more…)

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eSMART-MH Pilot Helped Young Adults

A new avatar-based depression self-management system has been shown to significantly reduce depression symptoms in a small group of young adults that reported these symptoms for more than two consecutive weeks. (more…)

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Wireless Network Detects Falls

University of Utah engineers have developed a network of wireless sensors that can detect a person falling and can be linked to a services that is able to call emergency help for the elderly without requiring them to wear monitoring devices. (more…)

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