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January 10, 2017 | Smart Moves

Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI — Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc, recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mortara Instrument, Inc., a privately held company specializing in diagnostic cardiology and patient monitoring solutions, technologies and devices, for $330 million in cash. Hill-Rom anticipates the structure of the acquisition will allow the company to qualify for a significant tax benefit, which, at a net present value of approximately $40 million, reduces the [...]
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December 9, 2016 | Smart Moves

Washington, DC — The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced an important and substantial partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) in order to prevent, screen and promote research to speed the development of treatments and cures for prostate cancer among Veterans.  The announcement of the partnership was made at LaunchPad, a recent VA summit aimed at finding clinical solutions to advance screening, diagnostics and care coordination for cancer and [...]
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October 25, 2016 | Smart Moves

Philadelphia, PA – Temple University, a national leader in substance abuse research, has announced a groundbreaking collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University’s Center for Medical Cannabis Education & Research (“CMCER”), the nation’s first comprehensive resource for expert-developed, unbiased information about the medical uses of marijuana and cannabinoid focused-therapies to be housed within a major US health sciences university. With the recent signi [...]
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May 13, 2016 | Smart Moves

St. Paul, MN - Abbott and St. Jude Medical, Inc. have announced a definitive agreement for Abbott to acquire St. Jude Medical, creating a premier medical device leader with top positions in high-growth cardiovascular markets, including atrial fibrillation, structural heart and heart failure as well as a leading position in the high-growth neuromodulation market. Under the agreement, St. Jude Medical shareholders will receive $46.75 in cash and 0.8708 shares of Abbott common stock, representing t [...]
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February 1, 2016 | Smart Moves

Greenbrae, CA – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and Marin General Hospital (“MGH”) today announced a 15-year, USD 90 million strategic partnership to transform and improve health care for thousands of patients across Marin County, just north of San Francisco.  This is the first large scale partnership of its kind for an independent community hospital and the third for Philips in North America in the last six months. This latest strategic partnership signals a growing [...]
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August 21, 2015 | Smart Moves

Philadelphia, PA - Digital health leader HGE Health Care Solutions, LLC announced today that it has launched a collaboration with the recently expanded Temple Lung Center at Temple University Health System. The collaboration is intended to jumpstart the Temple Lung Center's newly established Center for Digital Health.The recent expansion of the Temple Lung Center integrates medical and surgical care as well as academic research under the umbrella of the new Department of Thoracic Medicine and Su [...]
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July 29, 2015 | Smart Moves

La Crosse, WI - As Gundersen Health System prepares to celebrate 125 years of clinical excellence in 2016, a new leader has been named to continue the organization’s tradition of world-class care for patients and the communities served.Scott Rathgaber, MD, AGAF, is the new chief executive officer, as selected by Gundersen’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Rathgaber will begin his new role in September.“I am humbled by this opportunity and excited to get to work, but most of all I am opt [...]
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June 18, 2015 | Smart Moves

Washington, DC - To assist doctors in diagnosing the Ebola virus disease quickly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will pursue development of an Ebola virus diagnostic test for use in a doctor’s office, hospital, clinic, or field setting that will provide results within 20 minutes. “Fast and inexpensive point-of-care diagnostics will improve our ability to control Ebola virus disease outbre [...]
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May 15, 2015 | Smart Moves

Baltimore, MD - In just three months, demand for lab and office space at the Johns Hopkins innovation hub, FastForward East, has exceeded supply. The FastForward program, designed to move academic findings through translational research into the commercial marketplace, was introduced to East Baltimore earlier this year in an interim facility in the Rangos Building at 855 N. Wolfe St. In that time, all of its offices and lab benches have been rented. Currently, preparations are being made t [...]
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December 23, 2014 | Smart Moves

Paris, FR – Dr. Francois Teboul understands what it means to fight Ebola. As the medical director at Visiomed, he proposes solutions and procedures to teams in West Africa that identify potential Ebola cases, slowing the spread of this highly contagious disease. When working with a virus that is highly lethal and contagious, any margin of error can have devastating consequences. Accuracy and precision are essential when containing such a dangerous disease. Enter ThermoFlash® [...]
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November 18, 2014 | Smart Moves

Jacksonville, FL - Last year, Baptist Health in Jacksonville, FL, launched a project to realign laboratory services with its brand promise as the integrated delivery network began the migration to an accountable care organization model. The organization wanted to create a lab organizational structure to support full integration; find capital/operational cost saving opportunities; introduce Lean concepts to improve productivity; prevent lab test leakage to competitors; prov [...]
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November 5, 2014 | Smart Moves

Bethesda, MD - The signatories represent journals that publish preclinical biological research — an area of research that encompasses both exploratory studies and hypothesis-testing studies, with many different designs. The reproducibility of these studies is expected to vary. The journals agree to adhere to the following principles with the aim of facilitating the interpretation and repetition of experiments as they have been conducted in the published study. These measures and [...]
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October 9, 2014 | Smart Moves

Bethesda, MD - Wide-ranging National Institutes of Health grants announced today will develop new strategies to analyze and leverage the explosion of increasingly complex biomedical data sets, often referred to as Big Data. These NIH multi-institute awards constitute an initial investment of nearly $32 million in fiscal year 2014 by NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, which is projected to have a total investment of nearly $656 million through 2020, pending available funds. Wit [...]
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August 5, 2014 | Smart Moves

Andover, MA and New York, NY – Royal Philips and Accenture today announced that they have developed proof of concept software connecting a wearable display to Emotiv Insight Brainware that could ultimately give more independence to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative diseases.  “This proof of concept exemplifies how people, devices, data and technology could be brought together quickly to connect beyond the hospital walls in a way t [...]
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July 14, 2014 | Smart Moves

Acquisition expected to accelerate growth of St. Jude Medical’s chronic pain business and strengthen its position as a global leader in developing therapies to treat chronic pain   St. Paul, MN - St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held NeuroTherm, Inc., a manufacturer of interventional pain management therapies, for approximately $200 million in cash. NeuroTherm is a [...]
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June 25, 2014 | Smart Moves

New York, NY - A blue-ribbon team of national experts on brain cancer says that professional pessimism and out-of-date “myths,” rather than current science, are guiding - and compromising - the care of patients with cancers that spread to the brain. In a special article published in the July issue of Neurosurgery, the team, led by an NYU Langone Medical Center neurosurgeon, argues that many past, key clinical trials were designed with out-of-date assumptions and the tendency of some [...]
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June 17, 2014 | Smart Moves

Philadelphia, PA – Temple University Hospital’s (TUH) Digestive Disease Center recently unveiled a new state-of-the-art Endoscopy Suite that enables the earlier detection and treatment of digestive diseases and cancerous cells. The high-tech facility integrates multiple imaging modalities for real-time diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases, such as Barrett’s esophagus, achalasia, esophageal cancer, pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer. “This is truly the most cut [...]
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May 14, 2014 | Smart Moves

Indianapolis, IN — For any organization, the orientation process can be an opportunity seized or an opportunity wasted, say the authors of the new book Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation: Onboarding Solutions for Nurses, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Statistics reveal that up to 4 percent of employees quit after the first day at a new job and 22 percent of new-employee turnover occurs within the first 45 days, according t [...]
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March 31, 2014 | Smart Moves

Princeton, NJ — A decade ago, a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) offered the startling conclusion that, “The typical work environment of nurses is characterized by many serious threats to patient safety.” The IOM offered a series of specific recommendations about how hospitals and other institutions needed to change to reduce the number of health care errors—recommendations that together constituted a fundamental transformation of nurses’ work environment [...]
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March 5, 2014 | Smart Moves

Sioux Falls, SD - Sanford Health has selected Fargo-based Intelligent InSites to develop a real-time, enterprise-wide solution to help improve operational efficiency, quality and patient experience.  The $30 million solution supports Sanford’s objectives to decrease operational costs, reduce delays in patient care and increase clinical efficiencies and staffing productivity over the next several years.  InSites will deliver real-time, in-the-moment information to help staff at al [...]
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February 18, 2014 | Smart Moves

Kalamazoo, MI - Stryker Corporation announced today a definitive agreement to acquire Berchtold Holding, AG for an enterprise value of $172 million. Berchtold, a privately held business with operating facilities in Germany and the United States, sells world-class surgical infrastructure equipment.   Berchtold has been providing customer-centric healthcare equipment for over 90 years with sales in 2013 of approximately $125 million. Their product portfolio includes surgical tables [...]
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January 14, 2014 | Smart Moves

Bethesda, MD - A campaign just launched by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) aims to increase the use of palliative care — comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness — for children with serious illness. Palliative care can reduce a child’s pain, help manage other distressing symptoms, and provide important emotional support to the child and family throughout the course of an illness. Research has shown that pediatric [...]
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January 7, 2014 | Smart Moves

Alexandria, VA - The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) applauds a recent directive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA), one of the largest healthcare systems employing PAs, designed to enhance utilization of PAs while continuing to embrace a patient-centered and team-based approach to practicing medicine. The directive establishes new policy by authorizing PAs to practice medicine within defined levels of autonomy and to exercise autonomous medical decision [...]
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November 25, 2013 | Smart Moves

Philadelphia, PA - At Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, interprofessional education isn’t just an academic buzzword. It’s built into the university’s strategic plan. The university, which offers degrees in health sciences, founded the Jefferson InterProfessional Education Center in 2007 to set new educational standards for interprofessional education. The goal is to train health professionals to move out of their proverbial silos and work more collaboratively to del [...]
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November 5, 2013 | Smart Moves

Princeton, NJ - Retail clinics (also called convenient care clinics) are an increasingly popular option for people who need diagnosis and treatment for common, non-life-threatening conditions. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are the primary care providers in these clinics, which are located in a range of settings, including pharmacies, grocery stores and “big box” stores. First established in 2000, there are now more than 1,200 retail clinics nationwide. Research shows that they provide qu [...]
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October 29, 2013 | Smart Moves

Submitted By: Anthony Cavallaro Boston, MA- With healthcare facilities, designers must consider the needs of both the patients and the healthcare providers who will live and work within the surroundings.  Yet despite seeming diverging requirements, both can coexist easily.  Healthcare designers can couple the level of aesthetic comfort offered throughout the environment while integrating design strategies that lead to enhanced efficiency and productivity for staff members.  [...]
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September 30, 2013 | Smart Moves

Boston, MA and Armonk, NY - Boston Children’s Hospital and IBM announced the world’s first Cloud-based global education technology platform to transform how pediatric medicine is taught and practiced around the world. The initiative aims to improve the exchange of medical knowledge on the care of critically ill children no matter where they live. Every year, nearly 7 million children under age 5 die from illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria despite the availability of [...]
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September 24, 2013 | Smart Moves

Bethesda, MD - The National Institutes of Health is making available approximately $3.7 million  for awards to enhance training opportunities for graduate students and  postdoctoral scholars to prepare them for careers in the biomedical research  workforce. “NIH  recognizes that there are many ways in which biomedical Ph.D. graduates can  meaningfully contribute to the biomedical research enterprise,” said NIH  Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph [...]
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September 17, 2013 | Smart Moves

Researchers Identify Key Biomarkers Associated with Lethal Condition Portland, OR - A team of investigators has developed an innovative blood test that may provide a faster, simpler way for emergency room doctors and others to diagnose and monitor potentially deadly aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, for which early diagnosis is critical for survival. The research from Shriners Hospital for Children and Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, and Baylor College of Medicine an [...]
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August 27, 2013 | Smart Moves

Dallas, TX – In an effort to be more energy efficient, Parkland Health & Hospital System installed a high-efficiency cooling system at the E. Carlyle Smith, Jr. Health Center in Grand Prairie last year. This year, new water-cooled chillers were installed in the hospital's new central utility plant. Both equiptment installations will save approximately 1,196,800 kilowatt-hours of energy annually. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these energy savings are roughly equivale [...]
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August 20, 2013 | Smart Moves

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is the first in the region to offer a behavioral health medication management clinic exclusive to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Isaac Wood, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education and student affairs in the VCU School of Medicine and attending physician of the clinic, said the idea of a culturally competent psychopharmacology clinic was created in response to the lack of psychiatric [...]
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July 23, 2013 | Smart Moves

Boston, MA - At 9:50 PM, a man relaxing at home has a sudden, severe headache, and starts to slur his words. At 9:53 PM, his wife calls 911. At 10:13 PM, the ambulance arrives, and by 10:19, they are en route to their regional community hospital, 20 minutes away. At 10:42 PM, the patient is wheeled into the emergency department. The ED team rapidly determines that stroke is likely. At 10:55 PM, they send the patient for a CT scan. Then they call the MGH TeleStroke Center. Time is brain. “ [...]
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July 10, 2013 | Smart Moves

Cincinnati OH – Mercy Health announces that its experienced nurse care coordinators have formed the very first national organization to support nurses in care coordinator roles and members of population health management teams. Approved by the State of Ohio, the Registered Nurse Ambulatory Care Coordinator Association (RNACCa) is a non-profit organization that works to support and strengthen evidence-based practice among nurse care coordinators and other population health management [...]
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June 18, 2013 | Smart Moves

Baltimore, MD - A social media push boosted the number of people who registered themselves as organ donors 21-fold in a single day, Johns Hopkins researchers found, suggesting social media might be an effective tool to address the stubborn organ shortage in the United States. The gains were made in May 2012 when the social-networking giant Facebook created a way for users to share their organ donor status with friends and provided easy links to make their status official on state departmen [...]
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June 3, 2013 | Smart Moves

Charlotte, NC – Palo Alto, Calif.-based private investment firm Eigen Capital LLC, which acquired the EndoTool business from Hospira Worldwide in September 2012, today unveiled the company’s new identity as Monarch Medical Technologies. The announcement came as the company made its first public debut at the 2013 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition held May 20–23, 2013, in Boston.   The Monarch name was selected to reflect the company’s missio [...]
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May 16, 2013 | Smart Moves

Results on 300 tested revealed strong immune response to the vaccine   Stony Brook, NY – The results of a phase 1/2 clinical trial in Europe of an investigational Lyme disease vaccine co-developed by researchers at Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and at healthcare company Baxter International S.A., revealed it to be promising and well tolerated, according to a research paper published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The vaccine was shown to pro [...]
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February 25, 2013 | Smart Moves

Portland, OR – The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Cepheid, a leading molecular diagnostics company,  have announced a collaboration to develop a menu of advanced molecular diagnostics to be performed on the GeneXpert system. The collaboration will focus on the development of clinical oncology tests for the GeneXpert system and will establish a system for clinically validating the tests through the Knight Diagnostic Laboratories, a divisio [...]
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January 31, 2013 | Smart Moves

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. & PRINCETON, N.J.  Merck and GE Healthcare have announced a clinical study collaboration, license and supply agreement for use of Flutemetamol, an investigational positron emission tomography (PET) imaging agent, to support Merck's development of MK-8931, a novel oral beta amyloid precursor protein site cleaving enzyme (BACE) inhibitor and Merck's lead investigational candidate for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Accumulation of beta amyloid in the brain is a patholo [...]
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