• Cardiac Science (Bothell, Washington) said that it completed certification for its HeartCentrix ECG connectivity software with Sage Intergy EHR electronic health records system. Sage is a provider of computer-based practice management and electronic medical record (EMR) systems for medical group practices and healthcare systems. The company says that its software is designed to communicate seamlessly with EMR software, and it helps streamline workflow in multiple healthcare environments. HeartCentrix – which enables seamless data transfer from Burdick and Quinton brand electrocardiograph (EKG) devices, cardiac stress, and Holter monitoring devices to physician EMR software – can be installed with a new Sage Intergy EHR implementation or into an existing Intergy system.

• Covidien (Boulder, Colorado) reported the global launch of its Alarm Management System for the Nellcor OxiMax N-600x pulse oximeter. The company says the OxiMax N-600x pulse oximeter is an oximeter that delivers accurate, reliable readings even during low perfusion and signal interference. The Alarm Management System software upgrade for the OxiMax N-600-x pulse oximeter brings together the technologies in the OxiMax SPD alert and SatSeconds alarm management with two new views that compile and display the information without adding to the current set of monitors and sensors. The OxiMax SPD alert uses an algorithm incorporating a patient's rate, severity, frequency and duration of desaturation to detect patterns indicative of repetitive reductions in airflow in adults. SatSeconds alarm management is a clinician controlled feature that reduces alarm fatigue without sacrificing patient safety by differentiating between serious hypoxemia and minor transient events.

• DePuy Spine (Raynham, Massachusetts) reported the launch of two new products in its Expedium Spine System: the Expedium Favored Angle Screw, the first thoracolumbar favored angle pedicle screw that angulates laterally or medially for easier rod capturing, and the Expedium Cobalt-Chromium (CoCr) Alloy Rod, designed to maintain deformity correction without compromising imaging compatibility. The implant offers total angulation of up to 77.7 degrees, which combines top-tightening and side-loading benefits and facilitates rod capturing while reducing the impact on soft tissue. The Expedium CoCr Alloy Rod is designed to maintain sagittal and coronal alignment while offering better imaging and less artifact than stainless steel. The rod is available in diameters of 5.5 mm and 4.5 mm.

• DJO (San Diego) said its Chattanooga business has received FDA clearance to market the Intelect SWD Shortwave Diathermy device in the U.S. The new Intelect SWD includes a touch screen interface and onboard software that allows therapists to customize their patient's therapy. Chattanooga's Shortwave Diathermy unit is the only domestic shortwave product to operate via a touch screen interface. Shortwave Diathermy is a clinical treatment modality that provides a superior form of deep tissue heating. As part of DJO Incorporated, Chattanooga is a manufacturer of clinical rehabilitation equipment and supplies for treating skeletal, muscular, neurological and soft tissue disorders.

• etrials Worldwide (Morrisville, North Carolina) said that MacuSight has selected etrials' Trial Intelligence electronic data capture (EDC) and etrials' Site Intelligence IVR solutions as the central component of its clinical data management process, playing a key role in helping MacuSight to glean actionable information from its clinical trial data, thereby enhancing and accelerating decision-making. etrials Worldwide is a leading provider of adaptive eClinical software and services that optimize clinical trial management by turning data into intelligence and shortening the pathway to an actionable study endpoint. MacuSight is a privately-held pharmaceutical company that is focused on developing innovative therapeutics for the treatment of severe ocular diseases and conditions.

• iCAD (Nashua, New Hampshire) said it received FDA clearance for PrecisionPoint, the company's interventional planning solution for breast MRI that can make biopsies easier and faster. PrecisionPoint will be offered as an integrated module within the company's CADvue breast MRI image review software. "We continue to improve upon our software offerings to provide clinicians increasingly accurate tools to aid in the detection of breast cancer. Our new PrecisionPoint software enables the user to pinpoint exactly where the biopsy is needed without the need to manually calculate the location and depth of the lesion," said Rick Ortega, director of MRI programs at iCAD. "Faster and more reliable biopsies could help reduce the need for repeat exams and aid in quicker clinical decision making and treatment for patients."

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