NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)
cardiologists, electrophysiologists, neurologists and primary care physicians a full spectrum of solutions, which provides them with a single source of cardiac monitoring services. The Research segment is engaged in centralized core laboratory services providing cardiac monitoring, imaging services, scientific consulting and data management services for drug and medical device trials. During the first quarter of 2018, as part of the LifeWatch integration, our forward-looking integration and rebranding plans, considering the full year 2018 financial forecasts of the results of the integrated company, and re-evaluating the significance and materiality of our segments, we aggregated the Technology operating segment into the Corporate and Other category. Included in the Corporate and Other category is the manufacturing, testing and marketing of cardiovascular and blood glucose monitoring devices to medical companies, clinics and hospitals and corporate overhead and other items not allocated to any of our reportable segments.
k) Recent Accounting Pronouncements
Accounting Pronouncements Recently Adopted
In June 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued ASU 2018-07, Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Nonemployee Share-Based Payment Accounting. This update expands the scope of Topic 718 to include share-based payment transactions for acquiring goods and services from nonemployees. The amendments specify that Topic 718 applies to all share-based payment transactions in which a grantor acquires goods or services to be used or consumed in a grantor’s own operations by issuing share-based payment awards. The amendments also clarify that Topic 718 does not apply to share-based payments used to effectively provide (1) financing to the issuer or (2) awards granted in conjunction with selling goods or services to customers as part of a contract accounted for under ASC 606 - Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“ASC 606”). The amendments in ASU 2018-07 are effective for public business entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within that fiscal year. Early adoption is permitted. We adopted this standard on July 1, 2018, effective January 1, 2018, and this standard did not have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or disclosures.
In March 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-05, Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118, to add various SEC paragraphs pursuant to the issuance of SAB 118 to ASC 740. SAB 118 was issued by the SEC in December 2017 to provide immediate guidance for accounting implications of U.S. tax reform under the TCJA. We have evaluated the potential impacts of SAB 118 and have applied this guidance to our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures as of January 1, 2018.
In May 2017, the FASB released ASU 2017-09, Scope of Modification Accounting, which clarifies the changes to terms or conditions of a share-based payment award that requires application of modification accounting under Topic 718. A change to an award should be accounted for as a modification unless the fair value of the modified award is the same as the original award, the vesting conditions do not change and the classification as an equity or liability instrument does not change. This update is effective for annual reporting periods, and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning after December 15, 2017. We adopted this standard effective January 1, 2018, and this standard did not have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or disclosures.
In January 2017, the FASB released ASU 2017-01, Business Combinations: Clarifying the Definition of a Business, which clarifies the definition of a business with the objective of adding guidance to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions or disposals