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Siemens plans public listing for its $15 billion healthcare business

Siemens announced Nov. 10 that it plans on spinning off its healthcare business into a separate, public company.

TCT 2016: Drug-coated balloon outperforms angioplasty procedures in research

New research presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 conference on a drug-coated balloon (DCB) provided good news for cardiologists concerned with ensuring controlled drug delivery to a patient’s treatment site during an endovascular procedure.

FDA provides update on SynCardia Systems cardiac devices

The FDA sent a letter to transplant surgeons and cardiologists on Oct. 26 with additional results regarding issues with SynCardia Systems, Inc.’s temporary total artificial heart companion 2 driver system (TAH-t C2 Driver System). The system serves as a bridge to a heart transplant for some heart failure patients.

Cardiogram raises $2 million for app that could detect atrial fibrillation, diabetes

Cardiogram, a health tech startup in San Francisco, has raised $2 million to develop an app that shows a user’s cardio health while providing tips on how to improve and maintain a healthy heart.

FDA approves clinical trial for eCoin hypertension treatment

A new study to examine the efficacy of an implantable hypertension treatment has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

FDA investigates artificial heart compressor failure that may have led to man’s death

Officials at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said they believe a 57-year old man who had an artificial heart implanted at their hospital may have died due to failure of a portable compressor, Kaiser Health News reports.

Mount Sinai to utilize AI for cardiovascular care

To better use technology to treat congestive heart failure, New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital has plans to use CloudMedx Clinical AI Platform, an artificial intelligence services software, reports Fortune.

Hackers, Implantable Devices & Threats to Health Systems

Are implantable cardiac devices at risk for hacking, or is the greater cybersecurity danger their connection to larger networks of health data?

Twitter alerts cardiologist on public heart health data

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found Twitter to be a useful tool to monitor public engagement with cardiovascular disease. 

AHA creates tech center, encourages engagement from industry players

In an effort to find solutions to problems in healthcare using tech, the American Heart Association (AHA) has launched the Center for Health Technology & Innovation.