Xenex raises $25M to address hospital-acquired infections; Pacemakers bolstered by the Internet may be closer to reality;

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> San Antonio, Texas-based Xenex Disinfection Services, on Tuesday, announced that it secured $25 million in new funding to address hospital-acquired infections. "Concern over the spread of the Ebola virus has highlighted the fact that more can and should be done to improve the healthcare environment that is responsible for making patients and healthcare workers sick," Xenes CEO Morris Miller said in a statement. Announcement

> Pacemakers bolstered by Internet connections may be closer to reality thanks to a newly designed security protocol developed by researchers at the University of the Basque Country. Announcement

Provider News

> Several leading healthcare providers and payers announced a new alliance aimed at hastening the healthcare industry's transition to value-based models that reduce costs and strengthen outcomes. Participants in the Health Care Transformation Task Force include major providers such as Partners HealthCare, Heritage Provider Network, Dignity Health and Premier, Inc. Article

> Federal spending is on pace to increase over the next few years, largely driven by healthcare spending, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. Post

Health Insurance News

> More than 9.5 million Americans have purchased health insurance or been automatically re-enrolled in plans during the second enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act exchanges, according to data released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services. This eclipses the goal of 9.1 million signups by Feb. 15, when the second year of open enrollment ends, though attrition will likely drive the number down. Article

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