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Sarah Lamberti

As electrophysiology (EP) lab volumes in the U.S. continue to rise and as new innovations in EP technologies and devices emerge, hospitals of all sizes are faced with similar supply chain issueshaving enough stock on hand, keeping physicians happy and controlling costs.

As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket in the U.S., comparative-effectiveness research has the potential to rein in expenditures by generating evidence that shows how different treatments or drugs compare against each other, in the hope to determine the most beneficial treatment for patients.
Patients implanted with cardiac resynchronization pacemakers at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago are breathing easier now that physicians are using a new method to help optimize heart failure therapy.
Although comparative-effectiveness research is currently a hot topic on Capitol Hill, an expert at the Stanford University School of Medicine is suggesting that policymakers take a step back and make sure that the plans for comparative-effectiveness research "go deep enough to make a difference."
The University of California (UC) Berkeley began notifying students, alumni and others on May 8 that their personal information may have been stolen after learning in April that hackers had accessed restricted computer databases in its health services center.
Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius has appointed personnel for the newly created Office of Health Reform, which will spearhead the department's efforts to pass health reform this year and coordinate closely with the White House Office of Health Reform.

Increasing overhead, decreasing reimbursement, fierce competition and practice buy-outs...all are conspiring against the nuclear cardiologist.

While the time is right for practices to seize the opportunity to get federal money for health IT, many details that will affect incentive payments are still being fine-tuned.

Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) can save the U.S. healthcare industry $36 billion dollars annually in price savings and more than $2 billion dollars in savings associated with human resources uncommitted to the purchasing process, according to Eugene S. Schneller, PhD, principal at Health Care Sector Advances and professor at the Arizona State University School of Health Management and Policy.
Oracle has crafted an agreement to buy server vendor Sun Microsystems for approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt.