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Published: January 30, 2018

  • Robotic platform approved for entry via surgeon-made incisionsSurgeons can now use the Medrobotics' robotic platform in more minimally invasive procedures thanks to an FDA sign-off. Approval previously only covered entry through natural orifices. Now, the flexible robotic scope can be used in procedures that involve transabdominal and transthoracic entry. With this latest approval, the Raynham, Mass., based company is looking to expand the device's use to other surgeries such as transvaginal gynecologic procedures.
  • Orthopedic center blames Allscripts after cyber attack Allscripts Healthcare Solutions did not do enough to protect itself against a massive ransomware attack on Jan. 18, according to one of Allscripts's clients, Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics in Boynton Beach, Fla. The orthopedic center sued Allscripts, which provides technology for electronic health records for more than 180,000 physician users, claiming they were unable to access patient records and prescribe medication as a result of the attack, says the lawsuit.
  • Rhode Island bill proposes requiring certification from techs A bill proposed by the Rhode Island General Assembly, RI S2076, would require first-time reprocessing technicians who are hired after December 2018 to pass a nationally accredited exam for central service technicians. Anyone qualified to work as a technician in an ASC would also have to complete 10 hours of continuing education yearly in order to remain qualified.
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