Archive March 2010

E-Health Records: Should FDA Help Certify?

Mar31

The Health IT Policy Committee’s certification workgroup is considering whether working with the Food and Drug Administration to craft a certification program for electronic health record systems would improve patient safety.On one side are those who argue that the FDA could add significant value in crafting a program. "We could collaborate on certification criteria that […]

BRIEF: Longwood police investigate death after hospital fight [The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.]

Mar31

Apr. 1Longwood Police are investigating the death of a South Seminole Hospital patient at the hands of another patient.William Toshie, 74, of Fern Park, was a patient in the psychiatric ward of the hospital when he was involved in a fight with another patient this past week. Toshie died Sunday.No charges have been filed and […]

Temple nurses, others join strike [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Mar31

Apr. 1Before ending her shift at Temple University Hospital to join a picket line shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, intensive-care nurse Mayette Calleja-Baglieri checked on her patients one last time."I made sure my drips weren’t going to run out," she said, her eyes brimming with tears. "I made sure they were comfortable," said Calleja-Baglieri, who […]

Nurses strike has Temple training 850 new hires [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Mar31

Apr. 1Temple University Hospital lost 1,500 skilled employees Wednesday when registered nurses and allied health professionals went on strike.At the same time it gained, en masse, 850 temporary workers recruited from around the country. That means it has 850 new employees, all of whom are getting a crash course in its computers, layout, and rules […]

Sale of BRMC pursued [Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va.]

Mar31

Apr. 1BLUEFIELD The monthly Bluefield Regional Medical Center board of directors’ meeting took a little less time than most meetings. Jay Hoffman, interim chief financial officer gave a financial report reflecting a dismal start to the year, but indicated that BRMC had a good month of March, and Leland Farnell, BRMC chief executive officer, lead […]

Clinic adopts new name today [The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.]

Mar31

Apr. 1URBANA As of today, the longtime Carle Clinic name is history. So is the clinic’s status as a for-profit group physician practice.The $250 million sale of the Urbana-based clinic system to not-for-profit Carle Foundation Hospital was finalized Wednesday, and clinic buildings were set to open their doors this morning under a new name, Carle […]

John Hunter Children’s Hospital Installs Australia’s First Masimo Patient SafetyNet(TM) System

Mar31

IRVINE, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry? and Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry announced today the installation of Australia's first Masimo Patient SafetyNet System at John Hunter Children's Hospital in New South Wales. The new, state-of-the-art remote monitoring and wireless clinician notification system is currently being used […]

Horizon Therapeutics and Nitec Pharma Complete Merger and Combine Businesses

Mar31

NORTHBROOK, Ill. and REINACH, Switzerland, April 1 /PRNewswire/ Horizon Therapeutics, Inc. and Nitec Pharma AG, both privately held companies, today announced a definitive agreement in which the two companies have combined in an all-stock transaction. The combined company also completed a concurrent preferred stock financing in conjunction with the transaction.The combined company will be named […]

HealthSouth Announces Date of 2010 First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Mar31

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) today announced it will host an investor conference call at 9:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, to discuss its results for the first quarter of 2010. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (866) 406-5369 and giving the pass code 66222877. International callers […]

FL U.S.PreventiveMed

Mar31

To: NATIONAL EDITORSContact: Kathy Fleming, U.S. Preventive Medicine, +1-904-562-6239, +1-214-548-9083, [email protected], Fla., April 1 /PRNewswire/ The passage of HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, introduces important funding and provisions that could transform the nation’s illness-oriented, reactive medical care model to a more proactive, wellness-oriented approach.HR 3590 promotes evidence-based clinical and community prevention […]