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  • July 13, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    UMass Memorial Medical Center has purchased a robotic surgical assistant that will help neurosurgeons with complex procedures.

    UMass Memorial purchased the robotized surgical assistant, as it is called, from French surgical assistant robot developer MEDTECH for an undisclosed amount during the manufacturer's fourth fiscal quarter 2016. It was one of seven robots sold in the United States, according to MEDTECH, and it is one of the few robotic surgical assistants being used by an academic medical center in the U.S., according to UMass Memorial.

  • July 11, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    The 14-year-old boy came to foster care two years after his mom died from a drug overdose. Following her death, he lived with family members still shattered by her loss and who did not know how to help him manage his strong emotions related to her death and the trauma he suffered while she was using. Unable to provide the help he needed, the boy was moved from one foster home to another but still experienced difficulties in a family setting that kept reminding him of the family he had lost. He was eventually placed in a residential treatment program with staff and with other adolescents sharing similar issues. It gave him stability, and the support he needed to begin healing.


  • July 10, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    A Boston-based teledermatology company, 3Derm Inc., working with UMass Memorial Medical Center, has unveiled a digital imaging system that’s designed to speed up diagnosis of skin cancer while ruling out benign conditions.

    Three digital views of a lesion, captured by a 3Derm optical imager in a primary care office, can be uploaded to a site where a consulting dermatologist can read the images and then send back his interpretation to the primary care provider.

  • July 8, 2016 - EE Times

    While Google Glass may have fallen out of favor among the hippest technologists and those that follow them, the wearable technology has found a second life in emergency medicine.

    Google Glass can be an effective tool for bringing “virtual specialists” to emergency room patients, a University of Massachuttes Medical School professor told CNBC. UMass uses Glass to “beam our virtual specialists down to us in the emergency department so that we’re able to have specialists see people at the bedside without really being there,” Dr. Peter R. Chai, assistant professor of emergency medicine, told CNBC’s “The Spark.”

  • July 6, 2016 - Worcester Business Journal

    All but two acute care hospitals in Central Massachusetts reported year-over-year profits for the first three months of 2016, according to a report from a state agency that tracks hospital financials. 

    According to June data from the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis, Saint Vincent Hospital -- a teaching hospital -- posted a year-over-year profit of $15.9 million, the largest of any Central Massachusetts hospital. That gain is consistent with the report's finding that teaching hospitals were the state's most profitable by a much larger margin than they were even last year. Saint Vincent also reported net assets of $402.2 million, according to the report.

    UMass Memorial Medical Center, the only academic medical center in Central Massachusetts, posted the area's second largest profit of $14.1 million, with net assets of $278 million. Overall, the state's six academic medical centers made up its least profitable cohort, according to CHIA.

  • June 30, 2016 - Worcester Magazine

    Dr. Mike Hirsh is a man of many titles. Director of Injury Free Worcester, director of the pediatric trauma program at UMass Memorial and medical director for Worcester’s Division of Public Health are just a few under his belt. As someone who has devoted countless hours to public health, Hirsh now spends a portion of his time on the front end of health. He spoke with us recently about the importance of prevention, the growing popularity of vaping and his favorite hospital TV dramas.

  • June 29, 2016 - Telegram & Gazette

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    As I listened to the morning news on June 22nd I was reminded that a year ago to the day the Baker administration vowed to attack the opioid crisis in Massachusetts. 

    For that, Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Health & Human Services Marylou Sudders, the legislature, and public health officials from communities across the Commonwealth deserve credit. Steps to limit the number of days for which prescription painkillers can be authorized, and a prescription monitoring program, are both worthwhile measures to stem the tide of addiction. What troubles me is that we’ve attributed the causes almost exclusively to the overprescribing of legal medications.