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NICE recommend Bostons CRT-D devices powered by EnduraLife Battery Technology to treat heart failure (15.03.2017)
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued medical technology guidance recommending the use of Boston Scientific Corporation cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D) powered by EnduraLife™ Battery Technology for treating patients with heart failure.

In their evaluation, NICE which provides evidenced-based guidance to improve health and social care in the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom concluded that the extended battery life observed with Boston Scientific EnduraLife-powered CRT-Ds is likely to reduce the number of avoidable replacement procedures a patient may have to undergo, thereby offering improved outcomes for patients and potential savings to the NHS in England of approximately £6 million in the first five years.

The savings were calculated by modeling the costs associated with early replacement procedures, such as a reduction in hospital admissions, bed days and procurement costs. Fewer replacement procedures also equate to a reduction in associated costs accrued from post-operative complications and infections both of which also have a measurable impact on morbidity and mortality.

"The NICE guidance reinforces the multi-faceted importance of battery longevity in devices treating patients with heart failure and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias," said Dr. Jay Wright, consultant cardiologist, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom. "Additionally, the reduction in replacement procedures and potential savings identified within the guidance could offer longer-term relief to NHS providers who have recently seen an increase in the number of patients requiring further in-hospital treatment."  

The NICE medical technologies advisory committee found that the evidence from 16 independent clinical and economic studies supported a case for adoption and concluded that EnduraLife-powered CRT-Ds have a greater battery capacity and longer battery life compared with other CRT-Ds reviewed.

"Battery life should be a key consideration in cardiac device selection for the millions of patients who rely on them daily," said Kenneth Stein, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Global Health Policy and Rhythm Management, Boston Scientific. "We are proud to have our EnduraLife Battery Technology recognized by NICE's evidence-based review process and available for the benefit of patients and the healthcare system at large."

EnduraLife Battery Technology, which has nearly two times the usable battery capacity as certain competitive devices[i],[ii] and is packaged in a device up to 18 percent smaller than other CRT-Ds[iii],[iv],[v], was introduced in the company's line of CRT-Ds in 2008.

For more information on the NICE guidance, visit https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/mtg33.

About Boston Scientific 
Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for more than 35 years, we advance science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare. For more information, visit www.bostonscientific.com and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

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[i] Medtronic Evera XT VR DVBB2D4 Device Manual page 25. 
[ii] Boston Scientific Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Physician's Technical Manual 359050-003 EN US 2014-01 page 30.  
[iii] Boston Scientific CRT-D Physician's Technical Manual 359401-002 EN US 2015-10. 
[iv] Quadra AssuraTM Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D) product manual. https://www.sjm.com/en/professionals/resources-and-reimbursement/technical-resources/cardiac-rhythm-management/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-crt-devices/crt-defibrillator/quadra-assura-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-defibrillator-crt-d. Updated August 19, 2013. Accessed February 28, 2017.  
[v] Quadra Assura MPTM Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D) product manual. https://www.sjmglobal.com/en-int/professionals/resources-and-reimbursement/technical-resources/cardiac-rhythm-management/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-crt-devices/crt-defibrillator/quadra-assura-mp-cardiac-resynchronisation-therapy-defibrillator-crt-d-cd3371-40c-and-cd3371-40qc-with-parylene-coating. Updated December 8, 2015. Accessed February 28, 2017.

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University Hospitals named a 2017 Worlds Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute (12.03.2017)
University Hospitals (UH) has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company®.

UH has received this designation five times since 2012, and is one of only seven health care providers recognized this year. The award underscores an ongoing institutional commitment to continually raise the bar on ethical leadership and behavior throughout the organization. 
 
  
“The recognition is a tribute to the culture of integrity that defines University Hospitals and the care we provide to the people of Northeast Ohio,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals. “As this honor continues to grow in prominence, we hope more organizations worldwide recognize that high ethical standards are fundamental to success.”

This is the eleventh year that Ethisphere has honored companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

UH highlighted several programs to Ethisphere to demonstrate its commitment to integrity and social responsibility.  The foundation is UH’s best-in class ethics and compliance program and strong corporate governance, and in addition to that are programs designed to enhance the communities and environment in which it operates. These include a system-wide sustainability program and community sustainability initiatives, such as the bike share program “UH Bikes”;  various diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the “Health Scholars Program” for young people in underrepresented minorities who are interested in health care careers, mentorship and recruitment programs for minority medical residents, and the “Step Up to UH” program, which supports the economic development of neighborhoods surrounding the system’s flagship UH Cleveland Medical Center through the recruitment, development and retention of minority employees.  
“One of the reasons UH has been recognized again as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies is our culture of ethical decision-making. This is part of the DNA of the organization,” said Kim F. Bixenstine, UH Chief Compliance Officer. “This is a recognition of our commitment to doing the right thing for our patients, our employees and the communities in which we offer services.”

Being a five-time honoree underscores UH’s commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices ensuring long-term value to key stakeholders including patients, employees, and suppliers.

“Over the last eleven years we have seen the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations and the geo-political climate. We have also seen how companies honored as the World’s Most Ethical respond to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion, and focus on long term-ism as a sustainable business advantage,” explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at University Hospitals for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company." 

The full list of the 2017 World's Most Ethical Companies: 
http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

For scoring and methodology, see http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/scoring-methodology/

Best practices and insights from the 2017 honorees will be released in a series of infographics and research throughout the year (view or download the 2016 insights). Organizations interested in how they compare to the World’s Most Ethical Companies are invited to participate in the Ethics Quotient.


About University Hospitals
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is the second largest employer in northern Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, go to UHhospitals.org.

About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: http://ethisphere.com. 
 
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Worlds First Carestream onSight 3D extremity system to be installed at the Cobalt Imaging Centre (07.03.2017)
The first CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System in the world is to be installed at Cobalt Health’s Imaging Centre, Cheltenham, in the south west of England.

Cobalt, a medical charity, has a history of assisting in the adoption of new services into the NHS by early investment in new technologies such as MRI and PET/CT. Cobalt ImagingA long-standing Carestream customer, Cobalt was the first facility in the UK and Ireland to implement the Carestream MyVue Patient Portal and currently has both Carestream Vue RIS and Vue PACS installed.

The Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System uses cone beam technology to provide pristine 3D images at the point of care, with an easy-open bore and patient access to allow weight-bearing studies not possible with traditional CT. Minimal site and install requirements enable a fast, affordable, convenient imaging process for timely diagnosis and commencement of treatment.

Cobalt’s Chief Executive, Peter Sharpe said ‘Cobalt is proud to be working with Carestream to deliver the first cone beam CT service in the world using the pioneering Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System. This new venture will fulfil Cobalt’s objective to develop new services to support patients across the UK’

About Cobalt
Cobalt is a medical charity, which was established over 50 years ago, to help people affected by cancer, dementia and other conditions.Each year the Charity provide state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging for over 50,000 patients at Imaging Centres in Cheltenham and Birmingham and with a fleet of mobile Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners supporting hospitals throughout the UK.Cobalt also provides training and education on a local, national and international basis for doctors and other healthcare professionals. The Charity also funds and participates in research, including the provision of a dedicated MRI research facility on the campus of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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