eNews May 31, 2022

The latest news affecting you and your customers… from the Independent Medical Specialty Dealers Association

Hospital turns clinicians into inventors

A six-year-old incubator program at Massachusetts General Hospital is getting clinicians comfortable with the idea of inventing or assisting in the development of new medical technologies, according to an article in the newsletter STAT by Mass General radiologist Marc Succi. The Medically Engineered Solutions in Health (MESH) Incubator program provides an intensive, hands-on, one-week rotation that guides residents, fellows, attending physicians, and clinicians at all levels through the fundamentals of the patent process, commercialization, corporate development, artificial intelligence, prototyping, 3D-printing, entrepreneurship, venture funding and more. For this program, Mass General obtained protected time for trainees to participate. Just as they rotate through the ICU, for example, they now rotate through the innovation service, explained Dr. Succi. “The message to trainees is clear: Innovating is as important as clinical practice.” Internal research shows that approximately 50% of Mass General’s workforce would like to develop an idea they have for a new product — in other words, innovate, he added.




United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a Surgeon General’s Advisory highlighting the need to address health worker burnout. Physicians, nurses, community and public health workers, nurse aides and others have long faced systemic challenges even before the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to crisis levels of burnout, he said. The pandemic further exacerbated the crisis. Already, Americans are feeling the impact of staffing shortages across the health system. With over half a million registered nurses anticipated to retire by the end of 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for 1.1 million new RNs across the U.S. Further, within the next five years, the country faces a projected national shortage of more than 3 million low-wage health workers. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects that physician demand will continue to grow faster than supply, leading to a shortage of as many as 139,000 physicians by 2033, with the most alarming gaps occurring in primary care.



Adenovirus may explain hepatitis in kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 36 more potentially linked cases of unexplained hepatitis cases in children, raising the nation’s total to 216. So far, scientists haven’t established a definitive cause, but a possible role for adenovirus infection is a strong lead. Canada recently reported 10 cases from four provinces. More than 600 cases have been reported so far, globally.



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