Solos Endoscopy completes FDA inspection

Solos Endoscopy (Boston) said that it has completed an FDA Level II Baseline Inspection and received a No Action Indicated for the inspection. It is standard for the FDA to periodically perform unannounced inspections for medical device manufacturers and the successful inspection by the FDA validates the company's quality system and its strict adherence to that system.

Solos Endoscopy's surgical product line is being used by surgeons and medical technicians in hospitals and medical facilities across the country.

CCHIT to make dermatology-specific criteria

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT; Schaumburg, Illinois), the federally recognized body for testing and certifying electronic health records (EHRs), said it will develop dermatology-specific functionality criteria beginning this year.

CCHIT's decision was in part a response to an application from the American Academy of Dermatology with support from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Telemedicine Association, the Medical Dermatology Society, and the Society for Investigative Dermatology as well as overwhelming support from the dermatology community and other stakeholders.

CCHIT will appoint a work group of volunteer providers, payers, health IT vendors and other stakeholders to define those functions that will best help dermatologists enhance patient care quality and safety, improve practice efficiency, participate in clinical research and maintain board certification.

In addition to spurring EHR adoption by dermatologists, developing dermatology-specific certification criteria has the potential to facilitate EHR care coordination between and among dermatologists and non-dermatologist physicians in various practice settings. CCHIT is expected to launch the dermatology-specific EHR certification program in 2010.

ASE reports on less-invasive cardio techniques

The American Society of Echocardiography (Morrisville, North Carolina) said that physicians will be able to move away from pure surgical approaches and use less invasive techniques for the treatment of structural heart disease with the help of cardiovascular ultrasound technology according to a new guideline document in the March issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE).

The use of echocardiography, or heart ultrasound, to guide a physician through a procedure as it is being performed has allowed physicians to treat some patients with complex conditions without open heart surgery, and has made the minimally invasive procedures to correct the conditions safer and faster, while improving the overall results for many patients.

The guideline document outlines each type of echocardiography study as it relates to specific procedures, and makes recommendations to help guide the selection of the "right" type of echocardiogram for the procedure being performed.

Procedures addressed in the document include: transatrial septal catheterization, using balloons to open tight mitral valves, closing holes in the heart (atrial septal defects)with clamshell devices, guiding the placement of artificial valves to replace degenerated native valves and more.

AFP partners with Global Practice Solutions

AFP Imaging (Elmsford, New York) reported an expansion of the Dent-X division's Canadian dealer sales network through a cooperative agreement with Global Practice Solutions. GPS will manage their independent sales representatives and provide Dent-X's Canadian dental dealers with an expanded network of sales personnel. Dent-X supplies the dental professional with a full line of digital imaging, X-ray products including sensors that replace film, X-ray sources and panoramic x-ray systems.

api software now API Healthcare

api software (Hartford, Wisconsin) said it is changing its corporate name to API Healthcare. The company said the name change is being implemented to better reflect the company's exclusive focus on serving the healthcare industry.

"Our clients have known us as API and adding Healthcare to the name more accurately reflects our mission to optimize human capital in the healthcare industry," said J.P. Fingado, president/CEO of API. "As API Healthcare, we bring together our software, services and devices to deliver solutions designed to help healthcare organizations control labor costs, increase employee satisfaction and improve patient outcomes. The new name is an important milestone in the growth of our company as we continue to partner with our healthcare clients to address some of the biggest challenges facing the industry today."

New CRC screening recommendations published

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG; Bethesda, Maryland) has issued updated screening guidelines for colorectal cancer in the March issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology. The guideline offers new graded recommendations for screening in an update of those published by ACG in 2000.

Key recommendations in new ACG Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline:

Colonoscopy every 10 years is the preferred colorectal cancer prevention test.

Annual fecal immunochemical testing is the preferred colorectal cancer detection test.

African Americans should begin colorectal screening with colonoscopy at age 45.

To improve the effectiveness and tolerability of bowel preparation, the ACG now recommends "split dosing."

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