By: William Anderson

Not knowing the answer to the question posed in the title of this article has led many medical device manufacturers to undertake expensive and unnecessary retesting of their previously certified products.

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By: Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech

Two major noncommercial health information technology organizations are working together in a new vendor-neutral health IT innovation network designed to stimulate development of new ideas and shorten the time required to bring new solutions into practice.

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By: Kelly Kuchinski

Editor’s note: A webinar on this topic will held on May 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Pacific. Register here.

Food and beverage manufacturers have seen a considerable number of changes over the last decade. Mergers and acquisitions have expanded the footprint of many food and beverage organizations, which has increased their product portfolio and generated new sales.

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By: University of Arizona

To keep hospitalized patients safer, University of Arizona (UA) researchers are working on new technology that involves a small, wearable sensor that measures a patient’s activity, heart rate, wakefulness, and other biometrics—data that can predict a fall before it happens.

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By: Dawn Marie Bailey

In health care settings, clinical integration is a fairly new concept that means coordinating patient care across conditions, providers, settings, and time to achieve care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-focused. 

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest

This past November, three winners of the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality awards were announced, one in education and two in healthcare. Quality Digest Daily is fortunate that one of the winners, Sutter Davis Hospital (SDH) is practically in our back yard. This gave us an opportunity to meet with Sutter Davis CEO, Janet Wagner, to talk about what it means to win the Baldrige and, more important, what the Baldrige journey does for applicants.

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By: Grant Ramaley

Many of us have heard horror stories about ISO certificates that were fakes, or of medical-device quality system audits being performed by persons who were not competent. A recent report published by the European Commission found that two out of 11 notified bodies were performing so inadequately, they were ordered to stop issuing CE certificates.

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By: Patrick Stone

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “Food Police” will be in full force to secure budget funds for food safety initiatives for FY 2014 as mandated by Congress. More than half of the operating funds will be earmarked for food work.

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By: MIT News

Moore’s Law predicts that every two years the cost of computing will fall by half. That’s one reason why tomorrow’s gadgets may be better, and cheaper, too. But in American hospitals and doctors’ offices, a very different law seems to hold sway: Every 13 years, spending on U.S. healthcare doubles.

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By: Gallup

Hospitals are facing ever-increasing pressure to evaluate and cut costs. This isn’t surprising. Medical supplies represent as much as 30 percent of an average hospital’s total operating expenses. Regulatory and economic changes, and initiatives such as value-based purchasing, are also pushing hospitals to bring down their expenses.

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