Healthcare

ITA: Helping Companies Of All Sizes Compete and Win

Stefan M. Selig is the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.

A robust trade and investment agenda ensures that U.S. companies can compete and win in the global marketplace. But that outcome does not come automatically.  A significant reason is the expertise, services, and programs that ITA offers: from our best-in-class Commercial Service directly assisting exporters; to the regional and industry expertise of our Global Markets and Industry and Analysis units; to the protection provided by our Enforcement and Compliance unit, which ensures a level playing field for U.S. businesses.

On top of these services, we are proud to announce several major achievements that display how ITA is making it easier for U.S. businesses to access new markets, especially small and mid-sized companies.

ITA played a critical role in securing a historic tariff-cutting agreement with 47 nations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Information Technology Agreement—the first international tariff cutting agreement in 18 years—will eliminate tariffs on roughly 200 information and communications technology product lines (ICT) that have a global trade value of $1 trillion. ICT manufacturers in the U.S. will now have unprecedented access to new markets, which will help increase the number of jobs supported by our goods exports.

We recently launched a new partnership that will increase awareness of trade opportunities for small and medium-sized women-owned businesses. In affiliation with the organization Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), we will collaborate on marketing, education programs, and events that will directly assist women entrepreneurs in their exporting efforts.

PLEASE NOTE:  This agreement applies to CT and MRI scanners.

 

Why the Healthcare Sector is a Prime Target for Identity Theft

Greater use of electronic health records, black market demand for protected health information and a fragmented healthcare system contribute to rising rates of medical identity theftFortune reported. Last year, the medical sector experienced more data breaches than any other, and experts expect that trend to continue.Fortune examined what’s behind it.

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IBA and Philips Join Forces

The world’s leading provider of proton therapy and radiopharmacy solutions, and Royal Philips announced the signing of a global collaboration to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for the treatment of cancer. The collaboration covers sales, marketing, research and development (R&D) of imaging and therapy solutions in oncology. By merging their respective expertise in therapy and image guidance systems, IBA and Philips will innovate with an integrated vision for more efficient, personalized cancer care. Leveraging high quality imaging and proton therapy offers the potential to increase confidence in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, reduce short- and long-term side-effects and potentially enhance the quality of life of the patient before, during and after treatment, while reducing the cost of treatment for the healthcare system.

Read about it here.

Study: EHR use leads to loss of time

As hospitals increasingly use electronic health records, they may also be increasingly losing time during the day to the technology, according to a new study.

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Cutting Back on $100B in Unnecessary Imaging

It’s no secret that some portion of medical imaging performed each year is unnecessary. The question is how much and, maybe more importantly, what can be done about it?  Another report out this week took a stab at quantifying the problem.

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Medical Identity Theft: How The Health Care Industry Is Failing Us

Unlike the financial services industry, health care companies lack measures to adequately prevent identity theft, even as they continue to digitize medical records and other sensitive information.

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CMS Finalizes EHR Meaningful-use Rule, Adds Some Flexibility

The CMS late Friday finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use requirements for the electronic health-record incentive program. The agency had first proposed the idea in a May draft rule. Friday’s final rule left the May proposal unchanged.

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MRIs Linked to Wasteful Healthcare Spending

Use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) climbed more than 350 percent between 1996 and 2010 a study published by the American College of Radiology (ACR) found, adding millions to healthcare costs without always delivering assumed value. Cases in point: knee and shoulder MRIs done without prior radiographs and stand-alone MRIs to find causes of back pain.

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FBI Warns Healthcare Companies About Hacker Threat

The FBI has issued a warning that hackers are actively targeting the healthcare industry, reports Reuters. The announcement follows the recent attack on hospital group Community Health Systems, which put the personal information of about 4.5 million patients at risk.

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Decade of Lung CAD Brings Insight, but Little Daily Use

Computer-aided detection (CAD) is known to boost radiologist performance in the detection of lung nodules, and radiologists certainly need the help. But despite a decade of fine-tuning and some powerful new capabilities, CAD systems haven’t found a place in daily practice at most imaging facilities.

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