Last spring, someone reached out to IBM on Twitter about using artificial intelligence to help a 29-year-old woman affected by the neurological disorder Rett syndrome. The woman, named Boo, needed help communicating with the outside world. IBM’s Tim Duncan reached out to Darwin Ecosystem founder and former IBM research and development leader Thierry Hubert, and “The Cognitive Story” was born. Less than a year later, Darwin Ecosystem, a Dallas-based big data analytics company, is a finalist for the 2018 South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Award for developing a machine that uses EEG brainwave monitoring to allow limited persons to communicate.… Full Story
A healthcare provider comparison resource has added a mobile application to its lineup. Dallas-based MediBookr, which grew out of the healthcare innovation accelerator Health Wildcatters, announced the launch of the app on Thursday. MediBookr uses analytics to guide employees in exploring medical services and making informed healthcare provider decisions. It comes free for members once their employers opt in through their medical benefits package. MediBookr makes the announcement on the heals of shoring up $675,000 in seed funding to boost products and client support. “Consumers today want better resources to compare healthcare options specific to their needs, insurance, and budget,”… Full Story
The platform revolution is real, and its tentacles far-reaching, and we’re starting to see this Uber- and Airbnb-fueled approach reach healthcare. In the January-February issue of D CEO, Thomas Korosec wrote about another example. After growing a physical therapy staffing company to $16 million in annual revenue, entrepreneur Nate Foreman and colleagues are making it easier to schedule PT house calls. Their startup, Zuum, allows patients to choose their physical therapists via a digital platform. There’s more to it than that, so read Korosec’s story in full here.
This week, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan said they’re banding together to build an independent healthcare company. The aim is to do better by their U.S. employees and reduce costs. More: The three companies, which bring their scale and complementary expertise to this long-term effort, will pursue this objective through an independent company that is free from profit-making incentives and constraints. The initial focus on the new company will be on technology solutions that will provide U.S. employees and their families with simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost. Not a lot of detail in that snippet, which… Full Story
On Tuesday, Health Wildcatters CEO Hubert Zajicek offered his 10 hot healthcare innovation areas for 2018. These are areas, he says, that will see investment in the coming year. One thing to notice about the list—and that Zajicek himself mentioned during the presentation, which he delivered at HW’s monthly Pulse breakfast—is that several of the 10 are actually a couple of bullet points wrapped into one. Ten proved too narrow a number. That is to say that there’s a whole lot of opportunity for innovation in healthcare right now. Zajicek’s list features spaces you might expect: things like health insurance… Full Story
Dallas-based Health Wildcatters, a healthcare seed fund accelerator, has announced the names of nine companies that have been selected to participate in its 2017 program.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, a division of Health Care Service Corp. based in Richardson, has opened the doors of its C1 Innovation Lab in Dallas’ West End at Factory Six03. Full Story
At 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, 14 contestants took turns presenting onstage in front of 160 attendees at the 10th Annual Healthcare Dealmakers Conference at the Four Seasons Dallas for Health Wildcatters’ annual startup pitch competition. Full Story
Health Wildcatters hosted its spring Pulse breakfast series addressing hospital innovation and startups during the 2017 Dallas Startup Week. Full Story
The Irving-based Texas Center for Proton Therapy, a specialized cancer treatment center, hosted the annual IBA Proteus Users Meeting. Full Story