Just like the markets for skilled nursing and assisted living, demand for sensors in home care is expected to jump in the next five years.
Certain HeartStart automated external defibrillator devices made by Philips Medical Systems might be unable to deliver needed defibrillator shocks in a cardiac emergency, the Food and Drug Administration said Dec. 3.
» A half dozen electronic health record vendors have formed a non-profit organization called the Commonwell Health Alliance. The organization's goal is to create a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies that allow medical records systems to work together — a task that has proven elusive. "Today's announcement represents an inflection point in healthcare, with key industry leaders coming together to support the delivery of a national health information exchange," said John Hammergren, chairman and CEO of McKesson Corporation. Additional partners include Cerner Corporation, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth (a McKesson subsidiary).
Philips recently unveiled the Lifeline GoSafe, a system that helps keep seniors in touch with emergency responders in cases of trips and falls.