Starr Frame—From Concept to Commercialization

My friend David Ewing’s experience was much the same as others who’ve suffered sudden major trauma.  “I didn’t understand what happened. One moment everything was fine,” he said.  “I was driving to meet a friend for lunch, and then I was waking up in an ambulance on the way to a hospital.”  The collision that knocked him unconscious had shattered his pelvis. The treatment he would receive in the next few days would determine if he walked normally again, and how much pain he would have in the coming weeks and for the rest of his life. The medical devices… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.20.12)

The Joint Commission has released its annual report of top performing hospitals as part of its Top Performers on Key Quality Measures program. This year, more than 30 North Texas hospitals made the cut.

According to a report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer jobs were added to the payrolls of physician offices over the summer as a result of a still-lagging economy.

The Vant Group has announced that Dallas-bast Vant Holdings has become a majority shareholder in InPursuit Inc., a premier Dallas-based healthcare IT recruiting firm.

Novation has awarded an agreement to Pulmodyne for their Blom cuffed tracheostomy tubes system that allows patients the ability to speak in their own natural voice. Full Story

“Blue Button” Program Reaches Millionth User

American Medical News reported that The Department of Veterans Affairs’ patient medical records program “blue button” reached its millionth user last month, two years after its launch. The program, created in 2010, allows patients to view, print, download, and share their health records. Its “open-source” aspect means it can be used by other technology vendors and be incorporated in their own products. Electronic health records vendors look to blue book as they prepare for stage 2 of the federal meaningful use incentive program, which requires physicians to offer patients the ability to download their health information and make sure at… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.14.12)

UT Southwestern has been chosen as one of 25 sites for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials, or NeuroNEXT, that may lead them to receive $1.4 million in NINDS aid over the next seven years.

Extended doctors’ office hours are linked to a ten percent dip in healthcare costs for patients, according to an annual government survey.

Medical groups sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to halt Medicare provider cuts that, along with the expiration of the sustainable growth rate fix for Medicare are slated to take effect Jan. 1.

The American Heart Association has released a study concluding that mini strokes can lead to serious disability, highlighting that it occurs with conditions that doctors often consider too mild to treat with drugs.

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Morning Rounds (09.05.12)

Nearly every major health insurer recorded declining earnings in the second quarter of 2012, mainly because of something that happened more often than they expected: patients going to see their doctors, according to an American Medical Association report.

A Baylor Health Care System director of epidemiology and his team are executing a large national multicenter study to assess the effectiveness of preventive and management strategies and their impact on long-term survival.

The American Heart Association reports that taking vitamin D supplements to compensate for vitamin D deficiency may not improve cholesterol in short term.

A Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Chief nursing officer has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows from across the country for 2012. Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.23.12)

Becker’s list of six characteristics of high-performing healthcare organizations.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center will participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a national effort to improve breastfeeding rates. AMA releases CPT Clinician Descriptors for 2013 code set. Three mobile strategies for growing hospital market share.

Baylor First to Update Atrial Fibrillation Therapy Treatment

The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano is the first in the world to merge multi-electrode mapping (MEM) software with the Epoch platform, for atrial fibrillation therapy. Merging these two technologies means higher levels of efficiencies than before in mapping and correcting the patient’s cardiac arrhythmias. J. Brian DeVille, MD, FACC, FHRS, medical director of Electrophysiology and an electrophysiologist on the medical staff of The Heart Hospital, said this first-in-the-world procedure is an important step to further advancing patient care in the arena of cardiac electrophysiology. “The integration of these two technologies confirms The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano’s commitment to excellence… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.22.12)

Nearly half of U.S. doctors say they’re exhausted. Med-Trans, a Dallas-based air ambulance company, buys Augusta air medical services company AirMed. Does the meningitis vaccination requirement do more harm than good? Ninety-one percent of docs want mobile-enabled EHRs.  

Morning Rounds (08.14.12)

The Magic Johnson Clinic at Fort Worth’s AIDS Outreach Center hosts its grand opening. UT Southwestern shares a video of the quintuplets born at its medical center. Texas’ JAMP initiative helps disadvantage students attend med school. Remote patient monitoring market projected to more than double to $20.9 billion by 2016. FDA approves vaccine formulation for the 2012-2013 influenza season.

Morning Rounds (08.10.12)

Methodist Health System shares its cost-cutting strategies.  Area hospital executives Joel Allison, Britt Berrett, Trevor Fetter, and Stephen Mansfield made Becker’s Healthcare “Top 300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” list. Texas Children’s Hospital reveals results of its long-term Berlin Heart study. Palliative care challenged by physician shortage. Employers becoming more of a catalyst for driving healthcare change.