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HIMSS has once again put together a great selection of keynote speakers, educational sessions and exhibitors for HIMSS17 in Orlando, Fla. As I looked over the full schedule, which is available right here, I noticed that the conference will rightly be focusing on one of the biggest topics in healthcare: enterprise imaging. 

A surgeon from Loyola Medicine has improved the 2016 guidelines for preventing surgical site infections (SSI) for the 300,000 patients in the United States affected each year.

The Joint Commission, working with CMS, has released a list of clarifying recommendations in response to the use of text messaging for patient care orders.

A topic article in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) examines changing regulations on physicians and healthcare facilities. The move to a system of evaluation and ratings leaves the article's authors afraid that some might fear a one-star review as much as treating a patient incorrectly.

The FDA has issued a release that details ways to improve access to hearing aids for the 30 million Americans currently suffering from hearing loss. The guidance document will take effect immediately.

 

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Lawyers prompt for medical device failure reporting

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.

SpectraMedix introduces National MACRA Advisory Council

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.

Retired Navy commander appointed info security chief of HHS

HHS has appointed Christopher Wlaschin, a retired Navy commander, as its new chief information security officer.

How to learn more about enterprise imaging at HIMSS17 in Orlando

HIMSS has once again put together a great selection of keynote speakers, educational sessions and exhibitors for HIMSS17 in Orlando, Fla. As I looked over the full schedule, which is available right here, I noticed that the conference will rightly be focusing on one of the biggest topics in healthcare: enterprise imaging. 

7 updated guidelines for preventing surgical site infections

A surgeon from Loyola Medicine has improved the 2016 guidelines for preventing surgical site infections (SSI) for the 300,000 patients in the United States affected each year.

Joint Commission, CMS release clarifying recommendations regarding text ordering

The Joint Commission, working with CMS, has released a list of clarifying recommendations in response to the use of text messaging for patient care orders.

Plastic surgeons question impact of patient satisfaction ratings

A topic article in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) examines changing regulations on physicians and healthcare facilities. The move to a system of evaluation and ratings leaves the article's authors afraid that some might fear a one-star review as much as treating a patient incorrectly.

Aura Labs settles with FTC for inaccurate blood pressure app

Aura Labs has agreed to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) relating to its Instant Blood Pressure (IBP) mobile application, which came under fire for claims that is was as effective as a conventional blood pressure cuff.

FDA releases new hearing aid guidance, in effect immediately

The FDA has issued a release that details ways to improve access to hearing aids for the 30 million Americans currently suffering from hearing loss. The guidance document will take effect immediately.

AHA letter urges Congress to enact Meaningful Use Flexibility Law

In a recent letter to congress, top American Hospital Association (AHA) members urge for the enactment of the Meaningful Use Flexibility Law. Along with the praise of the Electronic Health Record Regulator Relief Act, the letter argues for an urgent need to change requirements for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.

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