AHA calls on hospitals, health systems to compete with ‘disruptors’

In a recent speech, Richard Pollack, President and CEO of the American Hospital Association noted that new entrants into the healthcare sector, such as Amazon, Apple and Google, are poised to serve as “disruptors” in the industry.  “We are seeing historic—if not unprecedented—change across the entire healthcare landscape,” Pollack told an AHA forum in Washington. “There’s no doubt that more engaged consumers, advances in technology and new entrants add up to a dramatically changed healthcare landscape.”  Pollack went on to say that one of the most significant market forces that is driving innovation and transforming healthcare is that “patients and their families simply want care that is more convenient—they want it when and where they want it—and, they are becoming much more engaged in directing their own care.”

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MITA publishes QMS standard for servicing of imaging devices

The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) and its parent organization, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) have published a voluntary standard outlining minimum quality management system (QMS) requirements for servicing medical imaging devices. This standard was not approved by the Consensus Group who voted on the Standard after several months of deliberations. ISO and HTMs were concerned among other things that the MITA standard adopted the QSR requirements of the FDA manufacturer regulation but did not adequately address training and calibration of equipment. See the comment in the DOTmed article  of IAMERS General Counsel Rob Kerwin expressing this concern. IAMERS is also concerned on the eve of participating in the FDA Collaborative Communities initiative that the unilateral publication and dissemination of a proposed standard (which was defeated) sends a mixed message to the diagnostic imaging community who are being encouraged to work cooperatively with all stakeholders.

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GE Healthcare IPO on hold as new deal takes spotlight

GE chairman and CEO Larry Culp said in light of its just-announced deal with Danaher, the IPO for its healthcare division may be delayed.

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Survey: Healthcare executives spotlight the sweeping policy changes they see coming for the industry

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC, a healthcare law firm, polled more than 220 healthcare executives from across the spectrum and found 74% believe significant policy change is either very likely or somewhat likely in the next two years.

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