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Market & Industry Briefs

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Brief summaries of recent medtech market and industry developments. This month we cover new developments in the CRM industry, Barrx Medical's breakthrough on RF ablation for for Barrett's esophagus, and CMS' decision not to cover computed tomography colongraphy for colorectal cancer screening.

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The struggling US economy is forcing health care providers and government agencies to step up efforts to find cheaper and more efficient ways of delivering care, and home health offers a number of expanding opportunities. Advances in communication technology, specifically the ability to monitor remotely through a variety of wireless devices, are driving the market.

Homing In On the Wireless Monitoring Opportunity

The struggling US economy is forcing health care providers and government agencies to step up efforts to find cheaper and more efficient ways of delivering care, and home health offers a number of expanding opportunities. Advances in communication technology, specifically the ability to monitor remotely through a variety of wireless devices, are driving the market.

Stroke Devices: Facing Challenges Head On

The International Stroke Conference, held in San Diego in February 2009, presented several device-based therapies and approaches that could offer improved outcomes for patients that suffer an acute ischemic stroke. The technologies discussed included mechanical thrombectomy devices, laser treatments, and combined therapy using ultrasound, microspheres, and thrombolytic drugs.

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