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Philips unveils new ultrasound system at ESC Congress 2014

Philips unveils new ultrasound system at ESC Congress 2014

Royal Philips today announced the launch of Affiniti, a new ultrasound system designed to enable global hospitals and health systems to overcome the demands of increasing patient volumes and cost pressures. [More]
Philips to highlight full range of cardiology solutions at ESC Congress 2014

Philips to highlight full range of cardiology solutions at ESC Congress 2014

Royal Philips today announced its presence at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014, where the company is highlighting the full range of its cardiology solutions serving clinicians and patients across the care continuum from prevention and diagnosis, to treatment, recovery and wellness. [More]
State highlights: Heroin deaths rise in N.Y.; TennCare computer system delay; Colo. races to win $87M to integrate care;

State highlights: Heroin deaths rise in N.Y.; TennCare computer system delay; Colo. races to win $87M to integrate care;

A heroin crisis gripping communities across the country deepened in New York last year, with more people in the city dying in overdoses from the drug than in any year since 2003. In all, 420 people fatally overdosed on heroin in 2013 out of a total of 782 drug overdoses, rising to a level not seen in a decade in both absolute numbers and as a population-adjusted rate, according to preliminary year-end data from the city's health department (Goodman, 8/28). [More]

H. D. Smith announces winners of annual Trading Partners of the Year award

H. D. Smith, among the nation's largest pharmaceutical wholesalers, today announced the winners of its annual Trading Partners of the Year award, honoring select pharmaceutical and health products manufacturers who collaborate actively to grow the industry and advance patient care. [More]

Greatest percentage of catastrophic payouts occur from errors in diagnosis

A study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality reports that many huge malpractice awards can be prevented by targeted interventions by health care provider organizations to reduce patient safety risks, such as reducing diagnosis errors. [More]
Meridian Health joins "The Baton Pass" to spread message of hope

Meridian Health joins "The Baton Pass" to spread message of hope

Meridian Health, a leading health care system in New Jersey, joined a national movement called "The Baton Pass™" to help raise funds for innovative cancer research and spread a message of hope. [More]
Viewpoints: Spreading Ebola treatments; Dems can win running on health law

Viewpoints: Spreading Ebola treatments; Dems can win running on health law

A radical but promising proposal to help treat victims of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be gaining support among knowledgeable experts. [More]
How Chinese hackers stole patient data

How Chinese hackers stole patient data

The hackers exploited 'Heartbleed' -- a hole in widely used data-protection technology -- to steal data on 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems, according to Bloomberg News. Another report looks at why your medical information might be vulnerable. [More]
FDA approves AliveCor algorithm for detecting AFib through ECG recordings on mobile phone

FDA approves AliveCor algorithm for detecting AFib through ECG recordings on mobile phone

AliveCor, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company clearance for its algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. [More]
Internet security is growing concern at health care sites

Internet security is growing concern at health care sites

The recent hacker attack against Community Health Systems highlights concerns about patient privacy as hospitals, doctors and other providers move to use more electronic records. [More]
First Edition: August 20, 2014

First Edition: August 20, 2014

Today's headlines include a report from California that Anthem Blue Cross is being sued again regarding its narrow-network health plans as well as a prediction from Maryland officials regarding the state's online insurance marketplace. [More]

Chinese cyberattack steals 4.5 million patients' data from hospital records

Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, which runs 206 hospitals in 29 states, says no medical information was exposed, however. [More]
First Edition: August 19, 2014

First Edition: August 19, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including stories about a how a hospital system's data was hacked, involving as many as 4.5 million patients' records. [More]
AMGF participates in collaborative effort to find best practices in managing RA patients

AMGF participates in collaborative effort to find best practices in managing RA patients

The American Medical Group Foundation today announced participants in a collaborative dedicated to finding best practices in managing patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). [More]
Loyola, ABHS partner to expand pediatric services in Chicago area

Loyola, ABHS partner to expand pediatric services in Chicago area

Alexian Brothers Health System of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Loyola University Health System of Maywood, Ill., are partnering to expand the breadth and reach of their pediatric service lines in the Chicago area. [More]
Prime Healthcare completes acquisition of St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey

Prime Healthcare completes acquisition of St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey

Prime Healthcare announced today that it has completed its acquisition of St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey. [More]
Research and planning to meet health needs of people living with HIV

Research and planning to meet health needs of people living with HIV

As effective treatments for HIV become more widely available in low- and middle-income countries, there's an urgent need to assess and manage health risks in the growing number of people living with HIV. [More]
Heart failure is major public health burden in many LMICs

Heart failure is major public health burden in many LMICs

Heart failure is a major public health burden in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with substantial variation in the presentation, causes, management, and outcomes of heart failure across different LMICs, according to a study published in this week's PLOS Medicine. [More]
Measure Up/Pressure Down campaign improves high blood pressure control in 205,000 patients

Measure Up/Pressure Down campaign improves high blood pressure control in 205,000 patients

Medical groups participating in Measure Up/Pressure Down®, a national hypertension campaign, improved detection or control of high blood pressure for 205,000 Americans living with the disease in the first 12 months of the campaign, the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) announced today. [More]
Plan International outlines strategies to combat Ebola outbreak

Plan International outlines strategies to combat Ebola outbreak

The current Ebola outbreak, the most severe and complex in history, is now making its impact felt worldwide. [More]