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Cara Livernois
News Writer
As a News Writer at TriMed Media Group, Cara covers breaking news across several facets of the healthcare industry for all of TriMed's brands.

Technology is prone to breaking from time to time but when the technology within a medical device fails, lives are at risk. Parker Waichman LLP, a law firm protecting patients injured by medical devices, have commented on the safety concerns involving morcellators and duodenoscopes. These comments ask regulators to enforce reporting of medical devices injuries.

In patients with Type 1 diabetes, having correct glucose levels is the first step in high quality care. A recent study, published in Diabetes Care, tested the effectiveness in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) with and without blood glucose monitoring (BGM) measurement. 

Surgeons may have a new competitor in the recently developed biocompatible near-infrared 3D tracking system used in the first smart tissue autonomous robot (STAR) surgery. The system improves upon current manual and robot-assisted surgeries with advanced 3D visibility and accuracy. 

With the growing number of diabetes devices on the market, including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors, patients are taking control of their diabetes. Just how interested patients are and what barriers these devices must overcome to reach patients is unknown. A recent study, published in Diabetes Care, identifies the barriers diabetes devices face and which patients use them.

Maintaining a level of physical activity is key in not only preventing the rise of obesity but also many chronic diseases. A recent study led by researcher from the American Cancer Society, and published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, showed that continuously assessments of physical activity during visits to the physician could lower rates of chronic diseases.

Answer Health on Demand and Great Lakes Health Connect have partnered together to develop a health information exchange platform for the sharing of health information and medical records while treating patient with telemedicine.

Traveling around the globe comes with a multitude of risks, remaining healthy and unharmed being at the top of the list. VIGILINT and Cleveland Clinic have partnered together to address this concern by developing the Global MedAssist Program (GMAP) telehealth program to worldwide travelers in the case they need medical attention.

SpectraMedix, a company specializing in transitioning hospitals to to value-based payment models, has developed a national advisory council dealing with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This council, made up of healthcare policy and IT experts, will assist the industry implement Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) tracks.

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Examining social media could allow researchers an avenue to down the nation. Researchers have developed an online interactive platform that measures the “caloric content” of the nation’s social media posts, revealing eating habits by state.

Henry Ford Health System and VisionIT have partnered to offer CareTrail, a mobile application, to improve communication between clinicians. The platform provides clinicians with a tool that offers on-call scheduling, availability updates and additional workflow optimizations.