More Health Systems Are Dedicating Money to Venture Capital Funds

Health systems are investing in innovation. You’re seeing it in Dallas-Fort Worth, most notably with the Children’s Health investment initiative with startup tech companies that can change how they deliver care. Children’s has already sunk considerable capital into the urgent care on-demand service Mend and the data analysis startup known as Pieces Technology. Full Story

Children’s Health Funds, Adopts Technology From Dallas Startup

Children’s Health is adding Pieces to the technology it uses within its healthcare system, bolstering the service it can provide to its patients. Pieces Technologies, a software company that helps healthcare systems and community organizations provide better service through data analytics, has launched with a $21.6 million Series A funding round. Full Story

At JP Morgan’s Annual Healthcare Conference, Providers Vie For Consumers Using Health Plans And Collaboration

The annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference wrapped in San Francisco last week, and Dallas’ own Hubert Zajicek, co-founder and CEO of startup accelerator Health Wildcatters, was one of the invite-only attendees. Here, he writes that digital health took a backseat to large-scale providers who are looking for innovation through partnerships and attracting more patients—er, consumers—using their own health plans. Full Story

Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic On Battling The Texas Medical Board, Continuing Momentum From IPO

Just before Christmas, a federal judge denied the Texas Medical Board’s motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit brought by Teladoc, the nation’s largest telehealth provider. It’d been a long year for the Lewisville-based company—the TMB passed a rule in March requiring a patient and a doctor to have face-to-face contact before an ailment could be diagnosed or drugs could be prescribed via telemedicine. That would’ve effectively gutted Teladoc’s business model, which involves pairing a patient at random with a board-licensed physician. The same judge that ordered an injunction in May swatted away the TMB’s argument that the board is immune… Full Story

Children’s Health Announces Partnership With Urgent Care Startup Mend

Children’s Health has begun investing in young healthcare companies to help expand its services beyond its walls. The system unveiled the initiative alongside an announcement that it has acquired a majority interest in Mend, a Dallas-based startup that offers pediatric and adult patients on-demand healthcare through a smartphone app. Full Story