Happy Thanksgiving from pMD! We're bringing you our weekly health care recap early this week so that you can eat leftovers and get some quality R&R this Friday.
Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Allergan confirmed Monday they will merge to form the world’s biggest drug company by sales in a $160 billion tax inversion deal. The deal is structured to reduce Pfizer’s tax bill by moving its headquarters out of the U.S. to Ireland. Allergan is based in Dublin, and the companies said they expect to have an effective tax rate of 17 to 18 percent in the first full year compared to the current 25 percent for Pfizer. Source
• USDA announced it is expanding its Rural Development's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program with $23.4 million in additional funding for 75 new projects in 31 states. Baptist Health in Little Rock, Arkansas has received USDA grants to set-up a critical care network to create an interoperable system between six medical centers. AV equipment allows specialists to virtually make rounds, reaching patients faster. Source
• Researchers found that pigeons can be trained to identify malignant and benign breast tumors by looking at a mammogram or a slide from a biopsy, almost as accurately as a radiologist or a pathologist would. The birds may be useful as replacements for human subjects in medical image perception studies, and they may also be useful in exploring the effect of technical aspects of color parameters on the accuracy of perception. Source
On The Front Lines:
November has been a sweet month for Apple, who gained 0.06 percent of the mobile device pie this week against Android, growing its market share to 90.43 percent. It looks like pMD's physician charge capture users may be getting a head start on their holiday shopping. Apple also acquired Faceshift this week, the maker of the motion capture technology used in Star Wars films. Faceshift worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors.
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.