Hospitals, Devices & Diagnostics, Patient Engagement

From promising life sciences tech to the FBI investigation of J&J’s surgical tool: 5 must-read stories from MedCity News this week

Check out Friday’s MedHeads broadcast plus other top news from the week.


Friday on MedHeads, reporter Neil Versel and Chris Seper talked about Susannah Fox’s new position as chief technology officer of the Department of Health and Human Services and the direction the government’s health IT policy is going or should go.

Watch the broadcast above, but also review five important topics we looked at this week.

1. Google Ventures: These eight life sciences techs are the most promising – and worthy of investment

Google Ventures just laid its cards on the table over which life sciences technologies it thinks have the most investment appeal. Artificial intelligence, stem cell science and understanding the human microbiome hit the highlight reel.

2. 15 items medical device startups need to address

As a medical device startup, there are many things you are juggling and balancing all day, every day to advance your product closer and closer to that next critical milestone.

And one of those things you should be doing early on is implementing a bit of infrastructure based on FDA / ISO regulations and requirements.

3. FBI investigating J&J for its surgical tool that spreads cancer in women

More bad news for the laparoscopic power morcellator.

The FBI is now investigating a surgical device that’s been found to spread cancer cells in women, The Wall Street Journal reports

4. Minnesota excludes solo docs, cash practices from EHR mandate

As the state’s legislative session wound down last week, an omnibus bill setting policy for the Minnesota Department of Human Services passed the House unanimously and cleared the Senate on a 61-1 vote. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Friday.

5. This hospital performance benchmarks index offers deeper dive than typical ratings sites

Four years after analyticsMD founders formed their business, it has unveiled a Hospital Efficiency Benchmarks tool that ranks hospitals based on efficiency in the emergency room, cost efficiency, inpatient satisfaction, and inpatient staffing using publicly available data sets from the likes of CMS and others. The index represents an alternative to technology companies that rely purely on patients opinions of their appointments with individual practices that tend to focus on things like time, the personality and professionalism of the staff and personal feelings about the experience.