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St. Jude Medical launches new OPTIS Mobile System in Europe and Japan

St. Jude Medical, Inc., has launched its OPTIS Mobile System in Europe and Japan, the company announced today in a press release.

FDA approves Medtronic's MRI conditional CRT defibrillators for heart failure patients

The FDA has approved the first MRI conditional cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) to treat patients with heart failure and reduce the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

Siemens' PET/CT system receives FDA clearance

Siemens Healthcare has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the Biograph Horizon PET/CT system, which enables physicians to visualize small lesions early.

Health Diagnostics Laboratory files Chapter 11 liquidation plan

Health Diagnostics Laboratory, a bankrupt cardiac biomarker laboratory, filed a Chapter 11 liquidation plan, Richmond BizSense reports. In April, Health Diagnostics Laboratory agreed to pay $47 million to settle allegations from the Department of Justice that it paid doctors in exchange for patient referrals and billed Medicare for unnecessary testing.

Adopting Structured Reporting in the Cath Lab: Strategies that Work

Making the change to structured reporting in the cath lab is not easy, simple, fast or fun. But it can be done, according to interventional cardiologists who have taken the challenge and succeeded.

Despite advances in technology, cardiologists still use stethoscopes

Although doctors are relying more on echocardiograms and pocket-size ultrasound devices, cardiologists and other providers also continue to use stethoscopes, the Washington Post reports. In fact, the FDA last year approved a stethoscope that reproduces sounds on a cellphone app and sends them to an electronic medical record.

PwC identifies 10 healthcare issues to look for in 2016

In 2016, consumers and clinicians will embrace technology to create a more connected healthcare system, according to a forward-looking report from the PwC Health Research Institute (HRI).

Cardiac Dimensions appoints new CEO and President

Cardiac Dimensions, a privately held medical device company, hired Gregory D. Casciaro as its CEO and President on Dec. 15.

When every second counts: Mobile stroke unit performs well in study

A mobile stroke treatment unit (MSTU) equipped with telemedicine, including a neuroradiologist remotely assessing images obtained by mobile CT, may be an effective way to provide accurate care, according to a recent study published in JAMA Neurology that put Cleveland Clinic's unit to the test.

Cardiologist writes about the future of medicine

Eric Topol, MD, a cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal on the future of medicine. Topol predicts providers and patients will continuously monitor data and apply the findings to treat conditions such as heart failure.