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ICD-9, ICD-10, transition, CMS, AMA, October 1 deadline, guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced efforts to help physicians prepare for the nationwide switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 ahead...

Most Wired, CHIME, information technology, secuirty, patient engagement

Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation's hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare's Most Wired Survey. The annual survey was released by...

St. Jude Medical, OCT, ILUMIEN III, IVUS, angiography, PCI

St. Jude Medical, Inc. announced the launch of the ILUMIEN III clinical trial on June 30. ILUMIEN III is a prospective, international, randomized trial evaluating the clinical benefits of the...

Abiomed, U.S. headquarters expansion, Impella 2.5, RP, jobs

During an event with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in June, Abiomed announced a major expansion of its U.S. headquarters in Danvers, Massachusetts, and the creation of approximately 100 new,...

venture capital funding, VC, healthcare IT, Q2 2015, Mercom Capital Group, IPOs

Mercom Capital Group llc, a global communications and research firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (IT)/...

Sorin S.p.A. and Cyberonics Inc. unveiled LivaNova as the name of their combined company, effective at the close of their proposed merger.

SHAPE, coronary artery calcium, USPSTF, heart attack risk

The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) submitted a letter to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) strongly supporting the use of coronary artery calcium to...

C.R. Bard, LEVANT 2 results, Lutonix 035 DCB, drug coated balloon, PTA

C.R. Bard Inc. announced the publication of results from the LEVANT 2 study in the June 24, 2015, online issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Results from LEVANT 2 demonstrated...

Masimo, MightySat Rx, fingertip pulse oximeter, SpO2, pulse rate

Masimo announced the CE Mark and full market release of MightySat Rx fingertip pulse oximeter for clinical use in CE countries. The device uses Masimo’s SET Measure-Through Motion and...

Biosense Webster, Confidense Module, Carto, multi-electrode mapping, 3-D

Biosense Webster Inc. announced the launch of the Confidense Module, an innovative technology that streamlines the creation of real-time 3-D maps of a patient’s cardiac structures during catheter...

ASE, echocardiography, hypertension, document, EACVI, JASE, Thomas H. Marwick

A new document from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) provides detailed guidance for clinicians on how to use echocardiography to see the full picture of the condition of patients...

idarucizumab, dabigatran, anticoagulant, Boehringer Ingelheim, RE-VERSE AD

Results from an interim analysis of the Phase III RE-VERSE AD patient study demonstrate that 5 g of idarucizumab immediately reversed the anticoagulant effect of dabigatran (Pradaxa) in patients...

Toshiba, CT-angiography, hybrid OR

All of the major vendors in the United States introduced new systems and technologies in the past few years to reduce dose and enhance visualization in the cath lab. The vendors have tailored...

Corvia Medical, IASD, REDUCE LAP-HF, InterAtrial Shunt Device, heart failure

DC Devices Inc. announced that it has completed enrollment and implants in the REDUCE LAP-HF trial, an open label, multi-center, single-arm study of the InterAtrial Shunt Device (IASD). The IASD...

Medraysintell, nuclear medicine, World Market Report, radiopharmaceuticals

Medraysintell released its updated World Market Report and Directory on Nuclear Medicine, Edition 2015, in late June, providing a description and analysis of the latest developments in nuclear...

osteoporosis, heart disease, linked, older people, Southampton MRC, CT

University of Southampton scientists have discovered a link between coronary heart disease and osteoporosis, suggesting both conditions could have similar causes.

Boston Scientific, Emblem, S-ICD, UNTOUCHED study, TV-ICDs, MADIT-RIT study

Boston Scientific has initiated a worldwide study to evaluate the rate and causes of shocks for patients implanted with the Emblem subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD). The device is...

Aptus Endosystems, Medtronic, acquisition, Heli-FX, Thoracic EndoAnchor, EVAR

Medtronic plc announced it has acquired the assets of Aptus Endosystems Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on developing advanced technology for endovascular...

Ilumien Optis, 3D OCT, 3-D OCT

Angiography alone for procedural image guidance in the catheterization lab is sometimes not enough, and it is helpful to augment X-ray lumen imaging with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) or optical...

FFR, fractional flow reserve, Opsens Medical

Key to ongoing U.S. healthcare reform are efforts to reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary medical procedures and using information technology (IT) to justify costs that are incurred to make...