Study: Lifesaving medtech saves money, too
Medical technology, including imaging tools, offsets the high cost of disease by some $23 billion annually, according to a Milken Institute report. Researchers evaluated medical technology for heart disease, colorectal cancer, diabetes and musculoskeletal disease, and they found that services including echocardiography resulted in cost savings and health benefits. AuntMinnie.com (free registration)
Drug safety program mines medical records for adverse events
The federal government is spending $116 million on a project called Mini-Sentinel, which mines the medical billing records of some 180 million Americans to find adverse drug events. Some critics say billing data are not specific enough to reveal side effects. Another drug safety program initiated by Congress and funded by drugmakers is studying how to use large databases to study drug safety. National Public Radio/Shots blog
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