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Global Mobile Health Sector Slated to Witness 32% Growth

The global mobile health sector is poised to grow 32.3% over the next decade to reach approximately $189 billion by 2025. Some of the prominent trends that the market is witnessing include an increasing awareness of mobile-based medical devices, a surging focus on patient-centric healthcare delivery, and more.

FDA to Host Public Meeting Concerning MDUFA

The FDA is hosting a public meeting titled “Medical Device User Fee Amendments” on Wednesday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST at its Silver Spring, Md., location. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss proposed recommendations for the reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) for fiscal years 2018 through 2022.

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BD Unveils Point-of-Care Diagnostic Device

Becton, Dickinson and Co., aka BD, has launched a wireless rapid diagnostic system for the detection of influenza A and B, respiratory syncytial virus, and group A strep. The new wireless BD Veritor Plus System provides health care providers with objective, lab-quality immunoassay test results within minutes.

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FDA Clears Pediatric Vision Scanner

The US FDA has cleared REBIScan’s Pediatric Vision Scanner (PVS)—a handheld device that helps physicians screen for amblyopia (“lazy eye”) and strabismus (misaligned eyes) in young children. Such technology is a boon to the medical community, REBIScan officials say, since amblyopia and strabismus are easiest to treat in preschoolers.

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Nihon Kohden Announces American Expansion

Nihon Kohden, a Tokyo-based medical device manufacturer, is opening a technical support call center in Allentown, Pa. The company’s new 6,000-square-foot facility will complement the call center at its Irvine, Calif-based U.S. headquarters, allowing it to more quickly reach customers on the East Coast.

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An Ode to the Biomed

Pat Stires, a 24×7 reader and contributor who recently retired after four decades working in medical imaging service, took some time to share his poem celebrating the travel-heavy life of the typical biomed.

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Patient Monitoring Equipment Market to Reach $4.7 Billion by 2023

According to a new market report from Transparency Market Research, the global patient monitoring equipment market was valued at more than $3 billion in 2014, and is projected to reach a value of $4.7 billion between 2015 and 2023. Factors such as increasing incidence of chronic diseases, growing awareness of applications for patient monitors, and increased spending by patients and governments are fueling the growth.

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Massachusetts General Tops List of 15 Best US Hospitals

US News & World Report has issued its 2015–2016 rankings for the best hospitals across 16 specialties, including more than 5,000 medical facilities from around the world. Massachusetts General took first place on the newspaper’s Honor Roll, a list of 15 US hospitals that ranked at or near the top among six or more specialty areas.

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