Industry News Update 10/4/19

October 2019 | Mike Murphy, Director of Business and Industry Analytics

Industry News

Learn About the Latest in Healthcare and Healthcare IT by Reading this Week's Industry News Update

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Regulatory, Legislative,


Legal News


The CMS finalized a rule this week requiring all hospitals to have antibiotic stewardship programs, which experts say is a big step forward in the fight against superbugs.

The Senate has approved a measure to delay $4 billion in cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments that would have begun October 1st, according to America's Essential Hospitals, an association representing U.S. safety-net hospitals.

The Department of Justice charges 35 defendants, including nine doctors, for fraudulently billing Medicare $2 billion by running phony telemedicine companies whose doctors ordered unnecessary cancer genetic screening tests that were processed by private labs that were in on the scheme.

The FDA releases new draft guidance documents that cover the safe and effective use of digital health technologies, using a risk-based framework under its Digital Health Innovation Action Plan that addresses provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.

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Investment News


• Employers are projecting that the total cost of health benefits will increase about 5% in 2020, and that's consistent with the projections for this year.

Private equity firm Francisco Partners will acquire laboratory information systems vendor Orchard Software. Orchard serves more than 1,500 laboratories across the country.

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New Products





At-home testing company BodyHealth IQ adds online wellness consults to its list of services, giving consumers the ability to talk with a physician about their results.

Pillo Health has partnered with Black+Decker to launch Pria, a robot assistant made to help with in-home adherence to medication.

Wolters Kluwer Health adds clinical natural language processing capabilities to its Health Language data extraction and integration software.

MEDITECH is collaborating with Google Cloud to offer EHRs through the Google Cloud Platform, which will provide additional options to pair with the MEDITECH as a Service (MaaS) subscription model. 

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Malicious actors may be able to easily access unprotected Cisco WebEx and Zoom meetings due to an API enumeration vulnerability, Cequence Security’s CQ Prime threat research team revealed Tuesday.

A new variant of a recently disclosed SIM card attack method could expose millions of mobile phones to remote hacking, researchers have warned.

A ransomware attack forces several hospitals in the Australian state of Victoria to take their computer systems offline.

The FDA proactively issues an alert about Urgent/11, a cybersecurity vulnerability found in IPnet third-party software that attackers may exploit to hack into medical devices and hospital networks.

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DARPA researchers are working on the FastNICs program to “reinvent the network stack” and improve network interface throughput by a factor of 100.

• A new analysis suggests that dew harvesting, an affordable passive technology, could be practical for providing drinking water in places where it has never been possible before.

Northern Light Health administrators say they will work harder to get physicians on board with the Maine-based health system’s rebrand, which kicked off last year.

In Canada, the document scanning service of a closed medical practice refuses to give an elderly couple copies of their medical records unless they pay $309, but relenting after negative press coverage. 

The University of Southern California will begin offering a health innovation minor in the spring 2020 semester, campus newspaper the Daily Trojan reports.

In England, hospital volunteers help patients who have motor neuron disease “bank” their voices so that if they lose the ability to speak, they can communicate through a synthetic computer voice that sounds like their own. 

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