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

Irving’s Texas Center For Proton Therapy Treats Its First Patients

Until Tuesday, North Texas was the largest metropolitan area in the country without a cyclotron: a massive, three-story-tall cancer-fighting machine. The Texas Center for Proton Therapy, located in Las Colinas, has officially started treating patients. Traditional chemotherapy is a blast from a shotgun; this is a carefully aimed shot from a sniper. Full Story

Urgent Care Goes Uber: How Healthcare Is Becoming More Accessible Than Ever

Startup companies like Mend and Plano’s PediaQ, wherein a parent can use an app to direct a nurse practitioner to wherever their sick child is, are evidence that healthcare is welcoming a more consumer-driven model. Lean, efficient upstarts are identifying gaps that can be exploited to improve convenience and transparency in the care patients receive. The giants are no longer the only game in town. Full Story

Reports: Digital Health Investments Already Reach $2.1 Billion In 2015

Mobi Health News reports that digital health companies brought in $2.2 billion through the end of June, trailing the $2.9 billion that came into the industry at this point last year. The report used numbers from industry analyst Health 2.0 Market Intelligence, which listed big investments such as Allscript’s $200 million in Nant Health. Full Story

UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center Joins Elite Group To Earn Highest Federal Designation

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined an elite group of fewer than 50 in the country that have been awarded designation by the federal government as one of the finest cancer research and treatment facilities in America. Full Story