Hospitals Could Save $23 Billion Annually by Streamlining Supply Chain Operations, Product Use

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Hospitals nationwide could reduce annual supply expenses by approximately $23 billion in aggregate through improvements in supply chain operations, processes, and product use, according to a Navigant analysis of more than 2,300 hospitals. This represents a 17.8% average total supply expense reduction opportunity, or up to $9.9 million a year per hospital—an amount equivalent to the annual salaries of 150 registered nurses, or the cost of 4,000 cardiac defibrillators or five Da Vinci robots.

The analysis

Home Depot Charged $5.7 Million Civil Penalty for Knowingly Selling Recalled Products

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced on August 29 it has provisionally agreed with Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. to a $5.7 million settlement of allegations that the retailer unlawfully sold recalled products over a four-year period. The settlement will almost certainly become final once The Commission considers public comments as required by its rules.

The CPSC staff alleges in the settlement agreement that Home Depot “knowingly” sold or distributed approximately 2,816 units of 33

TomTom Launches Real-Time EV Charging Service to Combat Range Anxiety

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TomTom announced an innovative new service for drivers of electric vehicles (EV). It’s called the TomTom EV Service, and it has been developed to help EV drivers to make informed decisions about when and where to charge their vehicles, reducing range anxiety.

The TomTom EV Service provides real-time availability for charging points, as well as other essential information such as opening hours, payment methods, plug types and more. The real-time availability information is sourced from market

New Technology Helps Machines Understand Emotions in Human Speech

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Affectiva, the startup that spun out of the MIT Media Lab several years ago with tools designed to understand facial emotions, announced a new cloud application programming interface (API) today that can detect a range of emotion in human speech.

When we speak, our voices offer subtle and not so subtle cues about our emotions. Whether our voices are tight or loud or soft can give valuable clues about our feelings. Humans can sometimes (although not

Lupin Recalls 12,888 Bottles of Ulcer Drug in U.S.

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Drug firm Lupin’s U.S. arm, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., is recalling 12,888 bottles of Famotidine for oral suspension used in treatment of ulcers from the American market.

The reason for the recall is current Good Manufacturing Practice deviations, U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in its latest Enforcement Report.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling 12,888 bottles of Famotidine for oral suspension USP, 40 mg/5 ml, 50 ml bottle, manufactured by Lupin Ltd at its Goa facility,

Federal Probe Finds Tesla’s Autopilot Contributed to Fatal Crash

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A federal investigation has found that Tesla’s Autopilot is partly to blame in the fatal crash of a Model S last year.

Joshua Brown was killed in May 2016 when his Tesla crashed into a tractor-trailer in Florida while the self-driving software was active. Brown had not tried to control the car in two minutes, and the Autopilot didn’t brake to avoid the collision.

The Tesla Autopilot wasn’t designed for the road Brown was driving on, and

AI Could Be a Game-Changer for Physicians and Their Patients

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Automation might make some physicians nervous. But even as the debate rages over whether machines could or should “replace” doctors, artificial intelligence (AI) continues to gain ground in the healthcare industry.

AI could change the way medicine is practiced and ultimately free up doctors to spend more time with their patients, said Paul Balagot, chief experience officer at Precisioneffect, a California healthcare marketing and advertising agency that focuses on scientific advances in some of its campaigns.

“It’s

Swimsuits Recalled; Snaps Can Pose Choking Hazard

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Wave Zone children’s swimsuits, sold exclusively at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin from January 2017 through July 2017 for about $14.

The snaps on the swimsuit can detach, posing a choking hazard to the child.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled swimsuits and return them to the customer-service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund.

For more information, consumers can contact Meijer at 800-927-8699 anytime or online at www.meijer.com. Click

Sewage Leaks at Hospital that Treats Nation’s Leaders

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Sewage that leaks down the walls and on the operating room floors is among the many problems at the go-to hospital for Congress and the White House, according to interviews and documents obtained by USA TODAY.

The D.C. Health Department is investigating the leaks at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after the department received a complaint. The problems included the room where Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., had his last surgery after being shot at a congressional baseball

U.S. Updates Self-Driving Car Guidelines as More Hit the Road

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The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled updated safety guidelines for self-driving cars aimed at clearing barriers for automakers and tech companies wanting to get test vehicles on the road.

The new voluntary guidelines announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao update policies issued last fall by the Obama administration, which were also largely voluntary.

Chao emphasized that the guidelines aren’t meant to force automakers to use certain technology or meet stringent requirements. Instead, they’re designed to clarify