Effort to Repeal Device Tax Leaps Forward
The House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday became the first congressional panel to sign off on Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen’s top legislative priority, a bill to do away with an Affordable Care Act tax on sales of complicated medical devices set to take affect next year.
Former NBA Star Backs Device Industry
Facebook as a Model for Medicine
Think about it for a second: a single tech company, launched in 2004, is worth more than most makers of medicine. More than that, this single company has done as much to create very rich people as, basically, the entire medical device and drug industry.
Medical Devices and Homeland Security
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning...
Happtique Lets Doctors Prescribe Apps
Happtique, a mobile health app store aimed at healthcare professionals, will launch a trial of mRx, which it touts as the first program to enable physicians to prescribe mHealth apps to patients.
Happtique officials say more physician-to-patient services will improve compliance and health outcomes, and that Happtique's patent-pending technology will...
Why There Hasn't Been a Homerun mHealth App
The mobile health movement has generated huge buzz over the last several years with its promise of bringing better, more personalized care at a cheaper cost to a wider number of engaged consumers. So it’s only natural to wonder if and when mHealth will give birth to its own Instagram. It hasn’t happened yet but it’s “a...
Body Area Networks Hit the Big Time
These tiny electronic devices, which can be implanted or worn externally, can remotely monitor the heart, glucose, pulse and other vital data via a PC, and, more recently, through a wireless network. For mobile applications, the wireless chips themselves fall into a loosely defined category called body area networks (BANs). BAN has been talked about...
iPad 3 Hits Stores
The third iteration of the iPad went on sale Friday morning in the US, greeted by the usual throngs of early adopters...at the company’s flagship 5th Ave. store — ground zero in New York — hundreds lined up for the new iPad, which reviewers have said introduces some powerful new processor and graphics features but lacks the “wow” factor of the...
iPad 3 Features Better Bluetooth
Along with the announcement of Apple's third-generation iPad on March 7, the tablet is getting a wireless upgrade with Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Ready connectivity. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced the availability of Smart Ready technology for the new version of the Apple tablet, bringing new possibilities for remote-monitoring medical applications...
Also, J&J CEO Bill Wheldon is optimistic on medical spending, and Abbott is downsizing its diagnostics division.
Health IT Attracts Venture Capital (InformationWeek)
J&J CEO Predicts Increase in Medical Spending (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Abbott to Cut Jobs from Diagnostics Division (CBS News)
Deep-Brain Stimulation System Shows Promise for Treating Parkinson's (The...
This week, Medtronic settled over kickback allegations to the tune of $23.5 million, and Verizon showed off its telehealth capabilities.
Doctors Can Remotely Manage Pacemakers with iPad (FierceMobileHealth)
Verizon Flexes Telehealth Muscles (eWeek.com)
Experts' Medtech Predictions for 2012 (MD+DI)
Medtronic Agrees to $23.5 Million Settlement Over Kickback Allegations (...
This week's big stories included a possible roadblock for computer chip progress, security issues for diabetes devices, and device companies weighing in on possible changes to the 510(k) process.
Guest Blog: With Tax Unlikely to be Repealed, It's Time for Companies to Plan for Reality (MD+DI)
Glucose Monitors and Insulin Pumps Can Be Hacked (DailyTech)
The NY Times Op Ed Page Questions the...
This week in medical electronics news, Medtronic plans to buy Salient Surgical Technologies, and the medical electronics market is expected to grow around 9% per year over the next five years.
Medical Electronics Market Set to Grow (ASC Review)
An Interview with Medical Electronics Leaders (ECN)
Medtronic Looks for Win with Salient Surgical Technologies (MD+DI)
Is the Outsourcing–to-...
In stories you might have missed this week, Republicans are trying to give medical device excise tax repeal a piggy back ride. Also, EE Times takes a look at R&D at TI's Kilby Labs and brings you some of the messiest desks in engineering.
Medical Device Exise Tax Repeal Tries to Piggy Back on Free Trade Act (MEDCITY News)
How R&D is Done at Kilby Labs (EE Times)