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#NowTrending: This Week’s MedTech News

We bring you this week’s healthcare and medtech trends, from Boston and beyond:


An athenahealth building on their Watertown campus. Photo via the Boston Herald.

1. athenahealth & BIDMC Join EHR Forces

Earlier this week, Massachusetts healthcare innovation giant athenahealth announced that they will be joining forces with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The partnership will mostly surround the Boston hospital’s web-based EHR system, which we wrote about last week. According to MedCity News, athenahealth’s propensity to buck tradition catalyzed this partnership. The two organizations will essentially share the EHR system, approaching vendors and working to develop a cloud-based EHR with efficiency and interoperability. “Healthcare IT will take a lesson from Facebook and Amazon, and suddenly it will be an ecosystem that allows hospitals to adapt,” BIDMC CIO John Halamka predicted.

2. Apple Focuses on iOS Enterprise Healthcare Relationships

Apple posted a job this week indicating their need for an IBM Business Development Healthcare Executive. IBM and Apple have a known partnership, but this new position will focus on iOS, specifically, with “the goal of helping customers embrace iOS in mission critical work capacities.”

3. MassMEDIC and BIOMEDevice Boston Announce Massachusetts Medtech Week

The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) will hold its 19th annual conference in conjunction with this year’s BIOMEDevice event on May 8, 2015 at the Boston Convention Center. The event will bring together top suppliers and feature free networking and education opportunities, in addition to a full-length conference with speakers and panelists.

4. Greenlight Guru Goes Public

Greenlight Guru announced yesterday that it will launch publicly out of beta next Tuesday, taking a new approach to cloud-based quality management system software. The software is built exclusively for medical device companies, helping them bring products to market faster and with less risk, according to a press release. “To have a single source of truth for making design decisions and standing up to an FDA audit is a game changer within the industry,” said CEO and co-founder, Dave DeRam. “Our customers recognize getting products to market with less risk, more features, ahead of the competition and with better patient outcomes is key to capturing market share.”

5. Cerner Buys Siemens

Cerner Corp has completed its $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens Health Services, according to a report from healthcareITnews.com. The two companies have combined client bases and investments in R&D. “We are in a great position to lead clients through one of the most dynamic eras in health care,” Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman, CEO and co-founder, said in a statement.

6. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Names Chief Innovation Officer

Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced today that David W. Bates, MD, MSc, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), effective immediately.  Bates is an internationally renowned expert in patient safety. “Innovation is at the core of our academic mission,” Elizabeth G. Nabel, MD, president of Brigham and Women’s Health Care, said in a statement. “Dr. Bates brings a depth and breadth of experience in this area, and under his leadership, the Brigham will support innovation and collaboration to help solve the important and difficult health care challenges of today and tomorrow.”

Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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