South By Southwest Is Over. Did Dallas Healthcare Innovators Find It Worth The Trip?

For all the handwringing over corporate influence and overcrowding and prohibitive expenses, the annual South by Southwest festival still draws thousands of attendees to the state capital each year. This year’s conference, which wrapped up on Sunday, was dotted with more than a few Dallas-area healthcare entrepreneurs who fled south for a few days in the hopes of getting word out about their companies to folks who would’ve never heard it otherwise. And a few walked away with rewards. Health Wildcatters, the Dallas-based startup accelerator, learned on the first day of the festival that it had been ranked as one… Full Story

Dallas Health Tech Company Is Growing As Interoperability Takes Center Stage

Meet HealthMark, the Dallas-based technology company that has expanded from working with clients in just North Texas, to establishing a presence in all of the state’s major urban centers. Last year, its sales jumped by 60 percent. And it’s because of the desire to improve interoperability. Full Story

American Telemedicine Association Petitions State To Not Limit The Practice

The American Telemedicine Association last week sent a memo to the state board that licenses professional mental health counselors, urging it to license out-of-state providers for telehealth services and scrap mandates requiring a face-to-face meeting between practitioner and patient. 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

Gov. Abbott Signs Healthcare Interoperability Bill

Named ‘Ken’s Bill’ in honor of Dr. Kenneth Pool, the late president of the Texas e-Health Alliance when the bill was drafted, HB 2641 will establish state health exchanges for the transmission of health-related information. It mandates that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission must only contract with companies that support “standards-based interoperability.” Full Story