Patient Safety

First U.S. Smart Medical District Upgrades IT Infrastructure

February 26, 2019 - The Illinois Medical District and IGNITE CITIES, a tech consulting firm specializing in smart cities, have launched the first smart medical district in the United States designed to improve patient care through upgrading IT infrastructure and transportation. The smart medical district is located in Chicago’s West Side, where more than 40 healthcare organizations, including...

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ICU Medical Issues Urgent Medical Device Recall for Vial Spikes

by Fred Donovan

ICU Medical issued Feb. 25 an urgent medical device recall of ChemoLock and ChemoClave Vial Spikes because plastic particles could detach from the protective cap and enter a patient’s bloodstream. The Food and Drug Administration...

Medtronic to Pay $51M to Settle DoJ Medical Device Probes

by Fred Donovan

Medtronic has agreed to pay a combined $51 million to resolve Department of Justice (DoJ) investigations into deceptive medical device marketing practices that could have endangered patient safety as well as kickback payments to...

Greater Medical Device Connectivity Prompts FDA Process Revision

by Fred Donovan

The FDA is updating its voluntary 510(k) approval process to take into account growing medical device connectivity and interoperability, the agency announced Nov. 26. The FDA explained that the 510(k)-approval process, which dates from...

Health IT infrastructure Gaps Create Patient Safety Risk

by Elizabeth O'Dowd

Healthcare organizations are faced with roadblocks when it comes to accurately retrieving complete patient data. Many of these obstacles can be traced back to an organization’s health IT infrastructure, interoperability, and how...


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