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Canon's Vital Images wins DoD contract Maximum $100 million fixed‐price contract for radiology and imaging systems

Are you GDPR compliant? It's not just a question for EU-based companies Here are the top eight considerations

Security tightening at hospitals for patient safety A noticeable change is occurring at the front entrance to hospitals

Johnson & Johnson completes Auris Health deal The $3.4 billion acquisition could include additional payments up to $2.35 billion

Follow-up imaging study points to benefits of automated notification Raising the bar on manual callbacks

Change Healthcare files for IPO Could raise as much as $100 million, listing on Nasdaq

Mergers do nothing for quality of care, lower patient satisfaction, says study Based on 29 data points and the assessment of 16 processes of care

GE Healthcare IPO on hold as new deal takes spotlight Selling biopharma business to Danaher for over $21 billion

Asheville Radiology Association joins Strategic Radiology The latest expansion by the imaging coalition brings 43 new physicians to the table

Johnson & Johnson to acquire Auris Health for $3.4 billion With possible $2.35 billion added if certain milestones are hit

The top 25 health care stories of 2015 countdown

by Gus Iversen , Editor in Chief

15: Taking a page from ancient texts to understand superbugs 4/6/2015
Researchers from the University of Nottingham in England added unexpected insight to our understanding of antibiotic-resistant superbugs by killing them with a recipe from a 1,000 year old leather-bound book of cures.

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14: Medical device tax suspended for two years 12/23/2015
Just before Christmas, Congress passed a two-year suspension of the 2.3 percent medical device tax in year-end legislation. While that's good news for device companies, (particularly the smaller ones struggling to compete) it is also a hit for the ACA. Like so many things, the ultimate outcome will depend in large part on the next U.S. president.

13: Better prostate cancer detection with PET than MR 8/21/2015
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health discovered that PET can detect a fast-growing primary prostate cancer better than MR and is also better at differentiating it from benign prostate lesions. They hope this could eventually replace the traditional ultrasound-guided 12-core biopsy.

12: Here come the MR-guided linacs 1/23/2015
In January, Philips and Elekta announced a partnership to create an MR-guided linear accelerator. Niklas Savander, Elekta's president and CEO, expects that monitoring stereotactic radiotherapy with MR as it's happening will become the standard of care within 10 years. In October, MD Anderson signed off to install the first such system in the U.S. early next year.

11: King, Burwell, and the pursuit of loopholes in the ACA 3/5/2015
The nation was enraptured by the oral arguments in King versus Burwell. There is a passage in the ACA that specifies health care subsidies are available through an, "exchange established by the state," which — if taken on its own and separate from the rest of the health law — may have implied that states without their own markets should not receive federal subsidies. The verdict, delivered in June, concluded it did not.

10: Defining the risks of repeat Gadolinium exams 6/26/2015
A class of contrast agent that is used for millions of MR exams every year can cause “significant and persistent” MR abnormalities over time, according to a study published in the journal Investigative Radiology. The research, conducted on rats, could have major implications on the future of MR imaging.
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