We bring you this week’s medtech news, from Boston and beyond:
1. Phoenix Children’s Hospital Brings in the Tablets
According to mobihealthnews, the Arizona-based children’s hospital plans to install 200 tablets in patient rooms, each equipped with customized, interactive apps personalized for patients and families. Where’s the money coming from? The hospital was just awarded $200,000 from the James M. Cox Foundation with the hope of launching what they’re calling “the Connected Patient Project.” This means that the hospital will provide patients with “Journey Boards” – tools to help children and their families understand discharge instructions, in multiple languages.
2. CommonWell Health Welcomes a New Director
CommonWell Health Alliance, a trade association of health IT companies woking together to create universal access to healthcare data, announced this week that they’ve chosen Jitin Asnaani as their first-ever executive director. Asnaani has worked for athenahealth, the ONC and Deloitte. In his new role, he’ll be pushing for interoperability – and we’re glad to hear it.
“I look forward to having a meaningful impact on today’s interoperability landscape—and on our healthcare system overall,” Asnaani says.
3. MedTech 2014 In Review: Good News for All
Evaluate released their annual medtech report this week and the findings are pretty great. In 2014, FDA-approved devices increased by 43% from 2013. 34 device makers raised $2.2 billion in IPOs (more than triple the 2013 total) and mega-mergers dominated the market, with the total value of the mergers reaching nearly $40 billion.
4. Male Nurses Earn More than Female Nurses, a Study Reports
Female nurses outnumber male nurses by almost 10 to one, but male nurses still earn more, according to a report out of the Journal of the American Medical Association. How much more? Almost $7,700 more in outpatient settings and $3,900 more in hospitals, according to the research. Male nurse anesthetists earned $17,290 more, on average, than their female counterparts. This report comes in the midst of a Medstro conversation concerning the lack of women in healthcare leadership roles. How can we fix this? Join the discussion.
5. India Tackles Interoperability
The Union Health Ministry will launch a National eHealth Authority in India, developing an Integrated Health Information system and collaborating across many industries. According to a report from Pharmabiz.com, the authority will attempt to streamline information sharing, developing policies, coordinating eHealth adoption across the country and establishing a network of institutions to promote virtual healthcare. Kudos, India – we wish you the best of luck (and if you figure out how to make that work, tell us your secrets!)
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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