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FDA grants 510(k) clearance to cardiac CT scanner

The FDA granted a 510(k) clearance on Aug. 10 to Arineta’s SpotLight CT scanner. Arineta, which is based in Israel, said in a news release that imaging experts and cardiologists designed the cardiovascular-dedicated SpotLight CT scanner.

Health policy statement from ACC, other cardiovascular societies encourages interoperability of health IT systems

Adopting standards from Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and collaborating among stakeholders could help the U.S. health information technology infrastructure and aid in developing a data interoperability framework, according to a health policy statement from leading cardiovascular medical societies.

AstraZeneca updates health program to include people with cardiovascular disease

Fit2Me, a free diet and lifestyle program from AstraZeneca, recently added resources for people who have or at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Researchers create Taser that tracks heart rate, rhythm to improve safety

Conducted electrical weapons (CEW), better known by the popular name brand Tasers, are most often used by police when trying to incapacitate criminals. The instruments might receive an upgrade that could save lives.

Theranos CEO reveals new device, refuses to discuss company’s issues

Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes announced the company had developed a blood-testing device that is not yet FDA-approved that she said can run tests from a finger prick, the Wall Street Journal reports. Holmes, who spoke on August 1 at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, did not discuss her company’s recent issues with the federal government.

Making Sense of Analytics: The Search for Answers Starts with Asking the Right Questions

Cardiovascular information technology analytics offer opportunities to improve care, reduce costs and deliver better healthcare experiences for patients. 

Healthcare’s IT Priority: Interoperability Is the New Meaningful Use

Medicare’s decision to get “deadly serious” about interoperability is an invitation for cardiologists to work with their medical societies, vendors and office staff.

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes to speak at clinical chemistry conference

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is expected to speak at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s annual meeting on Aug. 1 in Philadelphia and present data on the embattled company’s technologies. But, as STAT reports, it is unclear how much Holmes will divulge as the company has no peer-reviewed data and is facing scrutiny from the federal government.

Cardiac Science releases new CPR support device

Cardiac Science, an external defibrillator manufacturer in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has launched a cardiopulmonary resuscitation device, aimed at improving the way emergency officials perform CPR.

Stryker recalls 167 angiographic catheters

Stryker Sustainability Solutions voluntarily recalled 167 of its Angiodynamics Soft Vu Omni Flush angiographic catheters on July 22.