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FBI investigates surgical tool amid reports it spreads cancer

The FBI is investigating a surgical device most commonly used in hysterectomies after allegations that the device spreads cancer in women.

Data breach costs rise 23 percent since 2013

The cost of a data breach on the affected company is $3.8  million, a jump of 23 percent from 2013, according to a Ponemon Institute report sponsored by IBM.

How the VA addresses medical device security

The Department of Veterans Affairs uses a two-pronged "defense in depth" strategy to secure its systems, including its networked medical devices, according to CIO Stephen Warren.

Medicaid managed care organization rule supports EHRs, health info exchange

The new proposed rule that updates the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) regulations supports both electronic health record systems and health information exchange.

Telemedicine docs prescribe more broad-spectrum antibiotics

While patients treated for an acute respiratory infection were as likely to be prescribed an antibiotic whether treated by telemedicine or in person, those who saw a doctor virtually were more likely to be prescribed a broad-spectrum antibiotic, according to a study from Rand Corp. published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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The cost of treating cancer continues to skyrocket in the United States, and providers are taking notice as it becomes more of a financial burden on their patients,  Bloomberg  has reported.