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FDA teams up with hackers, DHS to improve medical device safety

October 18, 2018

In an effort to improve medical device safety, FDA is collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security to better coordinate the agencies' responses to cybersecurity threats, and with ethical hackers to identify medical device vulnerabilities.

How Johns Hopkins transformed its 'culture of fear' into a 'culture of safety'

October 18, 2018

To encourage frontline staff to report compliance violations, Johns Hopkins University and Health System teamed up with the University of Cambridge to transform a "culture of fear" into a "culture of safety," according to Modern Healthcare.

Harvard, Brigham and Women's want these 31 papers retracted. Here's why.

October 17, 2018

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital are recommending 31 papers published in prominent scientific journals be retracted after an investigation revealed the research contains falsified and fabricated data from the laboratory of the prominent cardiologist Piero Anversa.

The 5 fears that keep doctors up at night

October 17, 2018

From politics to financial concerns, Robert Pearl, a surgeon and former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, in a Forbes article breaks down the "five intense fears" plaguing doctors today.

Leapfrog expands quality ratings to outpatient settings

October 17, 2018

The Leapfrog Group says in 2019 it will begin rating ambulatory surgery centers and hospital outpatient departments on patient safety and treatment outcomes.

Seeking surgery in 'sunny, beautiful Mexico?' It costs less—but comes with real risks.

October 16, 2018

Severely obese U.S. patients increasingly are seeking out bariatric surgery in Mexico—where the procedure costs much less, but can come with serious, and even fatal, health risks.

Alternative cancer treatments linked with 250% higher risk of death, study finds

October 15, 2018

When patients with potentially curable cancers choose alternative medicine instead of standard evidence-based treatments, their risk of dying grows substantially, according to a recent study.

Why is the US maternal mortality rate so high? Lawmakers just launched an investigation to find out.

October 12, 2018

The House Ways and Means Committee this week launched an investigation into U.S. maternal mortality rates, asking operators of hundreds of U.S. maternity hospitals what they are doing to identify women with high-risk pregnancies.

After Hurricane Michael, hospitals face shattered facilities, short supplies, and triage challenges

October 12, 2018

In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, hospitals across the Florida Panhandle are reporting significant structural and water damage from the storm, prompting a new wave of patient evacuations and leaving one state psychiatric hospital "entirely cut off" from ground transport.

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