Small firms in the medical-device industry are providing enhancements to products offered by their larger counterparts by developing anti-microbials, polymers and other technologies designed to prevent hospital-acquired infections. Among the companies that are capitalizing on the market for supplementary products are Agion Technologies and AdvanSource Biomaterials.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle hosted the first White House regional health forum in Michigan. President Barack Obama recognizes the economic and "moral imperative" to overhaul the health care system, said Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes. The White House is set to hold forums in other states, including Vermont and California, in the coming weeks.
The HHS created the Office of Recovery Act Coordination, which is responsible for the distribution of about $137 billion in health care spending under the stimulus package. The funding includes $19 billion for health information technology and $155 million for setting up community clinics. Dennis Williams, former deputy administrator of the agency's Health Resources and Services Administration, will head the office.