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WILMINGTON, Del., Dec. 15, 2016 — DuPont Industrial Biosciences today announced receipt of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a new area of research. The research project, which commences immediately, aims to create new production systems to enable affordable, protein-based biologic medications, such as antibodies.

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a Request for Information on whether to propose a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance settings. The agency has also scheduled a public meeting on Jan. 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to discuss strategies for reducing incidents of violence in these workplaces.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is the first hospital in the United Kingdom to go live with Fysicon DataLinQ®. With this unique solution, the Birmingham Children’s Hospital has a complete data collection, management and reporting system for the registration and monitoring of pacemaker and ICD patients.

INDIANAPOLIS (December 5, 2016) Zotec Partners (Zotec), an industry leader in physician billing and practice management services for health systems and hospital-based physician groups, announces an exclusive revenue cycle management (RCM) agreement with Arizona-based Banner Urgent Care (BUC). BUC is comprised of 32 urgent care facilities within Banner Health, one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country managing 29 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, and also including skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services.

DUBLIN and CLEVELAND – Nov. 29, 2016 – Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT), the global leader in medical technology, today announced the signing of its first Integrated Health Solutions agreement in the United States with University Hospitals (UH), one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems, designed to improve delivery of care and patient experience.  Together the organizations will implement innovative operational models that will optimize workflow and redefine operational efficiency for catheterization (cath) and electrophysiology (EP) laboratories at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.  Medtronic brings its international expertise from managing cath labs and operating rooms for over 100 hospital systems around the globe to manage clinical support operations in UH select labs. The agreement signals the expansion of Medtronic’s managed services offering to U.S. health systems.

ATLANTA and CHICAGO - Addressing the increasing expectation on health plans to present patients with accurate directories of available health care professionals, the American Medical Association (AMA) and LexisNexis® Risk Solutions today announced a collaboration to offer a solution that simplifies a successful strategy for constantly maintaining high-quality data for use in network directories.

Montreal, Canada – November 15, 2016 – Intelerad Medical Systems™, the leader in enterprise workflows, specializing in diagnostic viewing, reporting, and collaboration solutions for hospitals, imaging centers and reading groups, have received high scores for product quality and support in two recent KLAS reports, including the Global PACS 2016 Report*.

Humana Medicare Advantage members, affiliated with providers in value-based reimbursement agreements, on average, receive more preventive care screenings with healthier outcomes.

Greenwood Village, CO—November 3, 2016Recondo Technology, the market leader in cloud-based single-platform revenue cycle management solutions, announced today that it closed an additional $16 million in debt and capital funding to support and accelerate the company’s future growth curve. Lehmi Ventures led the round, with Bridge Capital serving as the debt partner.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – AMGA Foundation announced its Together 2 Goal® National Day of Action for diabetes management, in conjunction with American Diabetes Month in November.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), the leading healthcare communications company, today announced that it has acquired Extension Healthcare for approximately $55 million in an all-cash transaction. Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Extension Healthcare is a leading provider of clinical, event-driven communication and workflow collaboration software for the hospital environment.

NORWALK, CT – October 27, 2016 – Health care merger and acquisition activity slipped in the third quarter of 2016. Compared with the second quarter of 2016, deal volume fell 11%, to 369 transactions. Deal volume was also lower than in Q3:15, down 10% from the 411 transactions announced then. Combined spending in the third quarter totaled $48.0 billion, a decrease of 46% compared with the approximately $88.3 billion spent in the previous quarter, according to HealthCareMandA.com.

WALTHAM, MA - October 13, 2016 – Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. [NYSE MKT: CVRS], a leading developer of precision vascular robotics, today announced the appointment of Suzette Jaskie as Vice President Global Medical Affairs.

DUBLIN AND SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA - Oct. 13, 2016 - Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today unveiled new health economic analysis data from the FIRE AND ICE trial that favor cryoballoon catheter ablation over radiofrequency (RF) ablation related to trial period cost savings as a result of fewer cardiovascular (CV) rehospitalizations and repeat ablations. The data were presented at a late-breaking clinical trial session at the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society's Scientific Sessions in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

With physicians facing the most notable changes in Medicare in a generation, the American Medical Association (AMA) today unveiled several online tools to help physicians through pending Medicare payment and delivery changes and to improve their opportunity for success under the new program that will go into effect in 2017.

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—In its newest analysis of patient safety errors, ECRI Institute PSO today releases a Deep Dive review of reported events involving patient identification. 

LOS ANGELES– Concern is growing about Pomona Valley Hospital CEO Richard Yochum’s refusal to recognize workers’ vote to improve patient care by joining a union, as three Pomona City Councilmembers in recent weeks have urged the hospital to stop stalling and begin negotiating a contract with 1,100 employees.

CHICAGO – Each September, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes influential women physician leaders as part of Women in Medicine Month. To showcase the accomplishments of these leaders, the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) and the AMA Foundation (AMAF) today announced the winners of the 2016 Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women research grants.

Bethesda, MD – Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 3 percent to $18,412 this year, a modest increase at a time when workers’ wages (2.5%) and inflation (1.1%) also grew modestly, according to the benchmark Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey released today. Workers on average contribute $5,277 annually toward their family premiums.

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