Microgripper Can Harvest “Microbiopsies” Via Minimally Invasive Surgery

Pathologists may eventually have a new tool that makes it possible to collect microbiopsies using minimally-invasive surgery. The invention is a product of research at Johns Hopkins University and uses biochemicals to operate the device. A tiny handlike gripper is 500 micrometers (0.05 centimeters) in diameter, and made of a film of copper and chromium covered with polymer. Scientists say the gripper can grasp tissue or cell samples inside the body. As a proof of concept, researchers used the...

CMS Approves Norwegian Company for Hospital Accreditation in the U.S.

When it comes to hospital accreditation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  recently disrupted the status quo in at least three ways. First, last month it approved Norway-based Det Norske Veritas (DNV)  as a hospital accreditation program in the United States. Significantly, this is the first new hospital accreditation organization in the U.S. in 40 years. Second, by taking this action, CMS is bringing the hospital industry closer to the use of ISO 9001 quality management...
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