Medical City President Erol Akdamar on How to Make Flu Season Less Deadly

If you feel like you have been hearing more about sepsis recently, you are right. Blame the flu. Sepsis is an overwhelming response to infection that can lead to life-threatening organ failure. It’s a serious healthcare industry concern because each year, sepsis affects more than 26 million people worldwide including 270,000 American deaths, making it more deadly than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis is often linked to bacterial infections, but the past two flu seasons it has made headlines as a life-threatening complication from the influenza virus. I follow the trends of sepsis on a daily basis… Full Story

When Your Belly Fat is Used to Treat Your Arthritis

A local doctor is using patients’ fat to treat their orthopedic issues, using the properties of fat to restore joint cushioning. Dr. Steven Meyers is a primary care sports medicine physician who works at Texas Health Care’s Bone and Joint Clinic in Fort Worth. After learning of the process a few years ago at national meetings, Meyers brought the regenerative medicine technique to his practice. Fat tissue has reparative capabilities, he says, including cells, proteins and hormones that help repair cushion and support in joint tissue. When patients come to the clinic complaining of any number of joint issues, from knee… Full Story

George Conklin is Making Sure Christus Health Stays Wired

Earlier this month, D CEO held its Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer Awards, recognizing the top tech business leaders in North Texas. Several of the nominees apply their innovative expertise to the healthcare field, and were kind enough to share their thoughts on everything from significant achievements to their toughest challenges. George Conklin, Chief Information Officer at Christus Health, was one of our nominees for CIO/CTO of the Year. Below are his responses to our Q and A ahead of the awards. What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year or so? We have worked extensively to expand… Full Story

A Low-Tech Fertility Solution Goes Viral From North Texas

Having children can be one of our most beautiful, frustrating, heartbreaking, joyous, and breath-taking experiences. Medical technology has a come a long way toward both preventing and improving the chances of pregnancy, but there are still so many factors out of our control. When it comes to fertility treatments, hopeful parents have a greater ability to make pregnancy happen than ever before, but the cost is often prohibitive. One successful in-vitro pregnancy can run up to $15,000 before the mother even gets to the hospital for delivery, but Drs. Kathy and Kevin Doody at the Center for Assisted Reproduction in… Full Story

Innovators Invited to Solve Industry’s Largest Problems at the Texas Healthcare Challenge

Health Wildcatters, a Dallas-based healthcare accelerator, will be hosting a competition meant to address problems facing the healthcare called the Texas Healthcare Challenge. On February 8-9, students and professionals are invited to problem solve, design, code, and pitch solutions around home health, managing chronic conditions, health insurance, nursing shortages, and more.  Cash and in-kind prizes will total $10,000 for the event, with a panel of judges selecting the best solutions based on the pitches. “Health Wildcatters, through our top-ranked accelerator program, is on the forefront of health innovation nationally and beyond,” said Health Wildcatters CEO, Dr. Hubert Zajicek via release.… Full Story

Children’s Health Innovator William Long is Ready for the Change Ahead

Earlier this month, D CEO held its Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer Awards, recognizing the top tech business leaders in North Texas. Several of the nominees apply their innovative expertise to the healthcare field, and were kind enough to share their thoughts on everything from significant achievements to their toughest challenges. William Long, Chief Information and Security Officer at Children’s Health, was one of our nominees for Innovator of the Year. Below are his responses to our Q and A ahead of the awards. What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year or so? “I am most excited… Full Story

Methodist Health System’s Pam McNutt is an Outstanding CIO

Earlier this month, D CEO held its Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer Awards, recognizing the top tech business leaders in North Texas. Several of the nominees apply their innovative expertise to the healthcare field, and were kind enough to share their thoughts on everything from significant achievements to their toughest challenges. Pamela McNutt, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Methodist Health System, was one of our nominees for Outstanding CIO of a Midsize Company. Below are her responses to our Q and A in preparation for the awards. What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year… Full Story

Meet BSW’s Matt Chambers, D CEO’s Enterprise CIO of the Year

This week, D CEO held its Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer Awards, recognizing the top tech business leaders in North Texas. Several of the nominees apply their innovative expertise to the healthcare field, and were kind enough to share their thoughts on everything from significant achievements to their toughest challenges. Baylor Scott and White’s Chief Information Officer Matthew Chambers won D CEO’s outstanding CIO at an enterprise company. Below are his responses to our Q and A leading up to the awards.   What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year or so?    “I am… Full Story

When Your Insurance Company Can Predict Your Illness

Imagine getting a notification telling you to refill your emergency asthma inhaler because a dust storm is on its way to your area, preventing a visit to the emergency room. Or a robot in a nursing home that can interact with lonely patients and put a call in to the nursing station if something seems off. How about if a health insurer knew which patients did not have a vehicle and partnered with a ride share company to provide transportation to an appointment? These are just some of the ways in which NTT Data Services is using artificial intelligence, big… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White’s The Hive is Buzzing with Healthcare Innovation

In the slow-moving, buttoned-up medical industry, tradition rules the day. With major disruption beginning to break into corners of the medical industry, how do large medical networks stay on the cutting edge and not become the next behemoth to wither away because it couldn’t keep up? At Baylor Scott and White, part of their solution is The Hive, where engineers, programmers, and health practitioners come together to move healthcare forward in Dallas. Led by chief digital officer and senior vice president of information services for Baylor Scott & White Health Nick Reddy, the space is meant to foster innovation and… Full Story