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Letter from the Online Editor: February 2012

by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor | February 01, 2012
From the January/February 2012 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

It's not all doom and gloom

Siemens Healthcare's linac exit, 7T MRI speculations and a list of the top posts of 2011 were the three most-clicked stories over the last 30 days. Siemens had a big month, overall: news that the German electronics giant was slashing 1,600 jobs from its health care division drew the eighth most readers.

Also making the top five was a report by MedPAC that Medicare fee-for-service imaging volumes were coming back to earth after a skyward trajectory for the better part of the last decade. Financially, though, it's not all doom and gloom. Especially if you're Apple. The sixth most-read story of the month looked at a market research report that found three-quarters of medical and dental offices plan to spend thousands of dollars on tablet computers over the next year.

And by tablets, we basically mean iPads. For doctors, small business owners and consumers alike, Apple's product is to tablet computers what Kleenex is to tissue paper.

On the website, the other big happening of the month was DOTmed Business News' publisher Phil Jacobus launched his very own blog, The Jacobus Report, featuring stories drawn largely from his visits with his many friends in the industry.

This month, be sure to check out our website for all the PACS, HIT and other health tech acronym news as part of our live coverage of HIMSS 2012, which runs Feb. 20-24.

If you have a news tip or comment, write to me at brendon@dotmed.com.

Brendon Nafziger
Online Editor
DOTmed Business News

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