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Here are the top six reasons physician practices have not purchased an electronic health record, according to the 2016 Technology Survey by Physicians Practice.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Heath IT is moving quickly and many providers struggle to keep up with the move toward electronic health records and other technological platforms, according to Forbes.  By Mary Rechtoris -
In June, hacker group DarkOverlords breached Athens (Ga.) Orthopedic Clinic's systems with the group selling 500 patient records on the black market.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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Joe Imperato, MD, recently wrote a column for ChicagoNow arguing against the impactfulness of hospital rankings.   By Eric Oliver -
The Consortium of Independent Physician Association formed the CIPA accountable care organization.  By Megan Wood -
A new op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by former Obama White House Advisor on Healthcare Policy Bob Kocher reported providers are better off independent to keep costs low than becoming employees "owned" by a single institution; Kareo agreed. By Laura Dyrda -
Medicrea entered into agreements to raise €20 million, or $22.35 million, and has appointed Richard Kienzle as chief commercial officer and business development officer.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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Shelton, Conn.-based Spine Wave commercially launched its Velocity L Expandable Interbody Device and the XLR II Lateral Access System.  By Megan Wood -
Back pain is a prevalent and often debilitating condition impacting thousands of Americans. Throughout the United States, 76.2 million people suffer from pain. Chronic pain costs the United States s $100 billion annually, with low back pain being the most commonly reported type of pain. Patients suffering from low back pain often have limited activity and seek medical experts to help alleviate this pain.    By Mary Rechtoris -
Neurosurgeon Andrew H. Marky, MD, will see patients at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, according to Your Houston News.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Rush University Medical Center named Frank Phillips, MD, director of the division of spine surgery for the department of orthopedic surgery. Dr. Phillips is a physician with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. By Laura Dyrda -
Obesity increases operative time for total hip arthroplasties, according to a Journal of Arthroplasty study.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Robert B. Anderson, MD, is slated to perform ankle surgery on Red Sox left-fielder Blake Swihart, according to a Mass Live report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
The new jobs report is out with the healthcare sector booming, according to a Healthcare Dive report. By Laura Dyrda -
Stanford Medical has found its newest partner partner in Google, according to a release from the University.   By Eric Oliver -
In an Athens Banner-Herald article, Athens (Ga.) Orthopedic Clinic's Charles Ogburn, III, MD, noted all AOC employees are "frustrated, concerned, angry, upset and tired," with regard to the fall out from the data breach at the practice in June. However, the staff remains "committed" to patient privacy.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Pokémon GO has taken this summer by storm and many applaud the mobile game for promoting physical activity. However, one medical center is fighting to remove the app from all its locations as people are flocking to the centers' grounds to catch Pokémon, thereby compromising patient safety, according to Health Leaders Media.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Robotic technology continues to gain traction in the spine surgery field, allowing surgeons to pre-plan and customize procedures to fit an individual's anatomy. Guided with supreme accuracy, surgeons perform procedures with a robot's assistance to enhance outcomes.  By Megan Wood -
The FDA updated its draft guidance addressing when manufacturers should submit a 510(k) application for modifications of medical devices in the market, according to Med Device Online.  By Megan Wood -
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Pantai Medical Center researchers have gathered early clinical study data on Lexington, Ky.-based Intralink-Spine's Réjuve System.  By Megan Wood -
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