Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• This past Thursday, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced a partnership that will give participants of the State Innovation Models initiative access to new online tools and resources to improve their health systems. The federal effort aims to advance states' usage of health information technology, health information exchange, and interoperability. Source
• The White House released a plan to combat antibiotic-resistant infections from contaminated medical devices, in light of the outbreaks linked to the contaminated duodenoscopes and endoscopes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hopes to slash rates of the deadly superbug by replicating a research program that saw successful results among four Chicago hospitals. Source
• Google and Ethicon, a medical device company and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, have partnered to build a cutting edge platform for robotic surgery. The companies aim to develop new robotic tools for surgeons and operating room professionals, including improved medical device technology, robotic systems, imaging, and data analytics. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple lost yet another piece of the mobile device pie to Android this week among pMD's charge capture physician users, with a 0.03 percent slip. Today also marks the fifth anniversary of when the iPad first went on sale in 2010. Since Apple released the revolutionary tablet, almost 250 million have been sold and the device has evolved to be thinner, faster, and better.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.