• 5 predictions for the medical device industry in 2020

    Moody's Investors Service released its January Healthcare Quarterly report, detailing analysts' predictions for the healthcare industry in 2020. 
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    It's no surprise that supply chain initiatives within a hospital can often go unnoticed unless problems arise. Despite this, supply chain expenses are expected to be the greatest cost to U.S. healthcare this year. With supply chain on the national stage, it’s a great opportunity to stand out as a key problem solver and supply chain advocate within your facility.
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    The Environmental Protection Agency backed down on its request to find out more about how medical sterilization facilities use ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic chemical, after the FDA claimed  jurisdiction in the matter, Bloomberg Environment reported. 
  • 5 recent medical device safety warnings

    Medical devicemakers are required to report any potential safety risks associated with their products. 
  • ResMed to pay US $37.5M to settle kickback allegations

    ResMed, a medical devicemaker based in San Diego, agreed to pay the U.S. $37.5 million to resolve claims that it provided free goods and services to companies to sell more of its equipment, the U.S. Justice Department announced Jan. 15. 
  • Medical waste blamed for Georgia sewage spill

    Medical supplies that weren't properly disposed of caused 2,700 gallons of sewage to spill near medical offices in Moultrie, Ga., local ABC affiliate WTXL reported. 
  • 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  • How Cleveland Clinic manages its medical waste

    Cleveland Clinic founded its Office for a Healthy Environment in 2007 with the goal of improving sustainability across the health system and has since come up with innovative techniques to manage its medical waste, Waste Today reported. 
  • Stryker warns some defibrillators may not deliver shock

    Stryker is warning of a safety issue with its Lifepak 15 defibrillators that could prevent the device from delivering a defibrillation shock.
  • FDA warning letters to devicemakers down nearly 90 percent

    The number of warning letters the FDA sent to medical devicemakers fell by almost 90 percent between 2015 and 2019, and it could be because the FDA is too focused on pleasing the device industry, MedTech Dive reported.  
  • Livongo to add data from Dexcom diabetes monitors into its system

    Digital health company Livongo struck a deal with Dexcom to integrate the devicemaker's continuous glucose monitors into Livongo's system, according to STAT. 
  • Mavidon updates recall of skin prep lotion after bacterial contamination found

    Mavidon is updating a worldwide recall of its skin prepping lotions to include all lots of the products after discovering a bacterial contamination that could cause life-threatening infections.
  • Georgia device sterilizer fined $3K per day over ethylene oxide emissions

    Georgia officials are charging a medical device sterilization plant in Atlanta $3,000 a day for failing to install new filters to reduce ethylene oxide emissions, according to Medical Design & Outsourcing. 
  • JAMA editorial blasts FDA's reporting of medical device problems

    The FDA needs to do more to quickly and substantially reform its system for reporting adverse events caused by medical devices, two researchers wrote in an editorial published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
  • Number of medical device recalls in 2019 highest in 4 years

    More medical devices were recalled in 2019 than in any year since 2014, according to KVUE, an ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas. 
  • Medtronic acquires Stimgenics to boost chronic pain treatment portfolio

    Medtronic has acquired Stimgenics, a Bloomington, Ill.-based company that developed a spinal cord waveform technology designed to treat chronic pain patients, Medtronic announced this week.
  • Abbott names new CFO

    Abbott named the current company controller and senior vice president of finance Robert Funck as the new CFO, effective March 1, according to a Jan. 8 Securities and Exchange Commission filing. 
  • University Health System facing lowest blood supply in 14 years

    University Health System in San Antonio is facing a critical blood shortage, with the lowest supply the health system has seen in at least 14 years, local CBS affiliate Kens 5 News reported. 
  • 10 hospitals seeking supply chain talent

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings for supply chain expertise in the last week:
  • Healthcare procurement pros unite, set up SHOPP

    A group of over 100 procurement professionals from 1,500 post-acute healthcare facilities have joined together to form the Society for Healthcare Organization Procurement Professionals, a group meant to bridge the gap between clinical and financial leadership in the healthcare field. 
  • Medtronic files safety warning in UK over robotic system

    Medtronic warned healthcare providers that a piece of its Mazor X surgical system may release unexpectedly from the operating table, according to Medtech Dive. 

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