Watch Series 4 Receives First FDA Clearance For Apple
Apple is paving the way for more consumer medical gadgets as they received FDA clearance for both an atrial-fibrillation detecting algorithm and an ECG that will be built into the new watch. The FDA is eager to allow more technology manufacturers to enter the medical space while doctors warn that dependency on this technology from the user could raise unnecessary alarm. It will be up to doctors as to how they handle the information from this new technology as it comes up more in the patient care setting.
Elliott Management Drops Out Of Athenahealth Race
Shares for Athenahealth dropped sharply after Elliott Management decided to rescind their bid to buyout Athenahealth. Elliott Management was originally willing to pay the full share price of $160 per share, or about $6.9 Billion, for the acquisition, but now it looks as though they will wait and possibly re-enter at a lower offering price.
EHR Design & Interoperability Are Top Causes Of Physician Dissatisfaction
According to a September 2018 survey of Americas physicians by the Physicians Foundation, almost 78% of physicians are experiencing burnout and 40% surveyed identified EHR design & interoperability as the primary cause. Providers are seeing less patients and working fewer cases than ever before as paperwork and administrative duties take up most of their time. Providers are in desperate need of an effective EHR system that communicates with all of their software needs and makes their job easier, not harder.