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September 17, 2019

Distributor News

  • Henry Schein Medical announces sponsorship of "Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!" initiative
  • Manufacturer News

  • Abbott announces EU approval of pediatric heart devices
  • Medtronic introduces Envision Pro CGM System in Europe
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • Intermountain Healthcare offering Genomic Innovation Grants for precision medicine research projects
  • Riverside Healthcare names new chief accounting officer
  • HCA acquires 55-acre plot in Florida for $15.8M
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children up for auction this week
  • Healthcare IT News

  • Cerner names Medtronic executive to new role of chief marketing officer
  • GPO News

  • Intalere releases new Illuminated Path Podcast episode on Traceability, Transparency of the Healthcare Supply Chain
  • Premier: Seven ways e-commerce is changing healthcare purchasing
  • Distributor News
    Henry Schein Medical announces sponsorship of "Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!" initiative
    Henry Schein Medical, the U.S. medical business of Henry Schein Inc. (Melville, NY), announced its national sponsorship of “Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!” - a participant-driven fundraising event dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOT Skin Cancer campaign. The program’s efforts benefit skin cancer prevention and detection programs, including free skin cancer screenings, permanent shade structures where children learn and play, and sunscreen dispensers in public areas such as parks and pools. (Learn more here.)
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    Manufacturer News
    Abbott announces EU approval of pediatric heart devices
    Abbott (Abbott Park, IL) received CE Mark in Europe for two pediatric devices: the Masters HP 15mm rotatable mechanical heart valve and the Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder. Both devices are now available in Europe and other countries that recognize CE Mark. The new treatments, are already available in the U.S. Smaller than a 1c euro, at just 15mm the Masters valve is the first and only pediatric mechanical heart valve developed for newborns and infants and is now available in the European Union. The valve is a rotatable, bileaflet mechanical heart valve designed for implantation in the mitral or aortic position and is part of the Masters Series line, which now includes seven valves with diameter sizes ranging from 15 to 27mm. The Amplatzer Piccolo is a self-expanding, wire mesh device that is inserted through a small incision in the leg and guided through vessels to the heart, where it is placed to seal the opening in the heart.
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    Medtronic introduces Envision Pro CGM System in Europe
    Medtronic plc (Dublin, Ireland) received CE Mark for its Envision Pro Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system, a fully disposable, zero calibration professional CGM system. Medtronic will begin commercial release in Europe and the Middle East this fall, subject to local regulatory requirements. This new technology will allow healthcare professionals and patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to see accurate glucose levels and trends over time to develop more optimal diabetes therapy plans. The Envision Pro CGM system provides accurate data that is blinded to the patient to obtain an unbiased view of their real-world glucose levels. It also has comprehensive event tracking features and easy-to-read reports, making it easier for physicians to have needed therapy discussions with their patients. Learn more here.
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    Hospital and IDN News
    Intermountain Healthcare offering Genomic Innovation Grants for precision medicine research projects
    Intermountain Precision Genomics is working to boost research, innovation, and advancement in genomics research by awarding up to $200,000 for biomedical research projects “that strive to help people live the healthiest lives possible.” The Genomic Innovation Grants, provide opportunity for scientific collaboration and offer funding toward Intermountain Precision Genomics research services – including next-generation sequencing, sample procurement, bioinformatic analysis, and more. The grants will support biomedical research proposals that have potential for direct clinical application. Investigators with such proposals are encouraged to apply. It’s anticipated that project awards will result in one or more collaborative peer-reviewed articles in conjunction with Intermountain and provide pilot data for larger partnered endeavors. Interested researchers or groups should submit their research proposals by November 15.
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    Riverside Healthcare names new chief accounting officer
    Riverside Healthcare (Kankakee, IL) promoted Patt Vilt to the SVP and chief accounting officer, effective September 1. In her new role Vilt is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight to the finance and general accounting areas of Riverside. Most recently Patt held the position of VP of finance. Additionally, she previously served as chief compliance officer for the health system.
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    HCA acquires 55-acre plot in Florida for $15.8M
    HCA Healthcare (Nashville, TN) purchased more than 55 acres of land in Nassau County, Florida, for $15.8 million. The land was bought for Memorial Hospital (Jacksonville, FL), a subsidiary of HCA and will allow the hospital “to establish a future presence in Nassau County and to align with the planned growth in the region,” hospital executives said. HCA did not provide specifics of its plans for the site.
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    St. Christopher's Hospital for Children up for auction this week
    St. Christopher's Hospital for Children (Philadelphia, PA) is up for sale at auction, and several health systems are expected to place competing bids to take over the 188-bed hospital. The auction is set for Wednesday, Sept. 18. One bid will come from four healthcare organizations based in Philadelphia, which created a consortium in July to purchase the hospital. It is led by Jefferson Health and includes Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Temple University Health System, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report. Tower Health (Reading, PA) may challenge that bid. Tower is expected to make a joint bid with Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). Philadelphia’s Independence Health Group, the largest health insurance company in the region, and Penn Medicine are reportedly backing Tower Health's anticipated bid, according to the report. Continue reading here.
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    Healthcare IT News
    Cerner names Medtronic executive to new role of chief marketing officer
    Cerner Corporation announced that Darrell Johnson is joining the company in the newly created role of chief marketing officer. He will be responsible for leading global marketing, corporate communications and market intelligence and will work to develop new strategies, expand lines of revenue, and help guide the organization through its next wave of growth. Prior to joining Cerner, Johnson was VP of corporate data strategy at Medtronic.
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    GPO News
    Intalere releases new Illuminated Path Podcast episode on Traceability, Transparency of the Healthcare Supply Chain
    Intalere (St. Louis, MO) released Episode 10 of its Illuminated Path Podcast Series, examining the need for more Traceability and Transparency in the Supply Chain with Intalere COO and AHRMM 2020 Board Chair Elect Steve Kiewiet. In the episode, Kiewiet shares insight on how healthcare is undergoing a change of primary focus from B2B (hospital to payor) to B2C and how consumerism will only increase and require health systems to truly build their service delivery models around the needs and desires of the patient and the family. According to Kiewiet, world class supply chain organizations can drive organizational strategy and have the people, process and technology to play the lead facilitation role in all non-labor resource management. Learn more and listen to the episode here.
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    Premier: Seven ways e-commerce is changing healthcare purchasing
    "The internet continues to change American purchasing habits. According to a recent report from Internet Retailer, e-Commerce accounted for more than half of all retail sales growth in 2018 and more than 14% of total retail purchases.
    "Not surprisingly, healthcare providers are seeking the same benefits – cost, convenience and the ability to comparison shop – as online consumers. To better understand the effect of e-Commerce on purchasing for non-acute healthcare providers, Premier conducted a series of member surveys over the past year. The responses offer insight into how and why businesses are supplementing traditional purchasing through e-Commerce channels.
    "The findings show that purchasers are integrating online buying into their routines more, though buying from suppliers and distributors is still slightly more prevalent. Overall, purchasers in the alternate site space are looking for… (Continue reading)
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