Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) More than half of hospitals hit with ransomware in last 12 months. Healthcare IT News, April 7, 2016.

Approximately 75% of hospitals have been hit with a ransomware attack, or have no way of knowing if they were hit with an attack.

2) Pfizer to Walk Away From Allergan Deal. The Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2016.

Pfizer has decided not to move forward with the takeover of Allergan PLC.

3) FDA Approves Medtronic Pacemaker That Attaches Directly to Heart. The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2016.

The new pacemaker doesn’t require the wires and instead uses small prongs to attach directly to the heart.

4) The DEA will decide whether to change course on marijuana by July. The Washington Post, April 6, 2016.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said it hopes to decide whether to change the federal status of marijuana in the first half of 2016.

5) 260 patients of PeaceHealth in Longview warned of HIV, hepatitis B and C exposure. The Oregonian, April 5, 2016.

Sleep apnea patients in Washington may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other viruses.

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