AveoMedical’s Use of Technology is a New Model for Geriatric Medicine

AveoMedical is changing how medical care is delivered to seniors in Dallas with its partnership with Presbyterian Village North. Dallas-based AveoMedical established a clinic at the senior leaving community and its staff of traveling doctors will make visits to the facility to provide care needs for the independent living residents at PVN. The physicians specialize in geriatrics and their presence onsite will allow the residents to schedule appointments at their convenience. The physicians lease rooms at PVN’s wellness clinic and provide care five days a week. Patients will begin with an assessment that educates the physicians on past health events… Full Story

A New Formula For Reducing Drug Prices

Much of the increases in healthcare costs can be attributed to the rise in price of pharmaceuticals, and one reason pharmaceutical expenses are so high is because clinical trials are long, costly, and difficult to run. SMU and UTSW researcher Vishal Ahuja and his colleague from the University of Chicago John R. Birge hope to use statistics to change the way trials are performed, saving time, money, and improving outcomes for patients. Pharmaceutical companies have to run clinical trials to test new medicines, but they can take years with hundreds of patients, who are difficult to recruit and retain. According… Full Story

North Texas Healthcare Innovation: Fighting Fungus, Sharing Data, Virtual Reality, and Radio Therapy

The North Texas healthcare market is constantly changing and innovating, bringing original ideas, techniques, and technology to patients in the region. We decided to check in with a startup, a nonprofit, a provider and an academic institution who are on the leading edge of healthcare innovation, and they told us about the latest procedures, techniques, software, and technology making a difference for patients. Fighting Fungal Infections At Healthcare accelerator Health Wildcatters, startup MycoDART is hoping to save lives with a test that can better diagnose fungal infections. When patients are in the hospitals and their immune system is suppressed, they… Full Story

Mavs and Lympo Partner with Blockchain Fitness App Where You Earn While You Burn

A new partnership between the Dallas Mavericks and Lympo hopes to change the fitness app world the way frequent flyer miles changed the way people travel. Mavs owner Mark Cuban and Atunas Guoga, Lympo’s co-founder and head of Lympo’s Blockchain for Sports Foundation announced the partnership last week. Lympo app rewards users for staying healthy with a cryptocurrency called LYM tokens which can be spent on sports and fitness merchandise in the Lympo shop, like a frequent flyer earning miles toward free flights by flying. At the press conference Friday, Cuban says he hopes that Mavs gear and even tickets… Full Story

The Election is (Mostly) Decided – How It Impacts Healthcare in North Texas

It’s been a week since the election, and many may be wondering how the results will change the healthcare industry, if at all. Clearly top of mind for many, a Deloitte study said that 26 percent of voters said healthcare was their top issue and three out of four voters who responded that way voted for Democrats. We touched base with John McCracken, clinical professor of healthcare management at The University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management and adjunct professor of family and community medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Thaddeus Miller, associate professor in the University of… Full Story

Becker’s Hospital Review Recognizes Two Local Health Systems for Innovation

Becker’s Healthcare compiled a list of health systems who push the envelope for healthcare innovation, and Baylor and UT Southwestern were both named to it. For these hospitals, developing new technology and techniques is not just a coincidence. They dedicate departments, funding, and organization to research and the incorporation of technology into the medical field. Patents for medical devises, mobile health, process design, and care delivery are other areas where these systems excel, according to Becker’s. Baylor Scott and White’s Office of Digital Health and Technology Transfer Office both made the list. In the Digital Office, Becker’s highlighted their patient… Full Story

See What’s Next in Healthcare Innovation at Health Wildcatters Pitch Day This Week

The North Texas healthcare innovation marketplace is a growing one, and Health Wildcatters is helping lead the charge. The healthcare accelerator was recently ranked as one of Seed Accelerator’s top companies for the third year in a row. Health Wildcatters pitch day for their fall cohort will take place this Thursday at the Majestic Theater. The pitch day costs $10 and will include pitches from six up-and-coming innovators and keynote address by Dr. David Albert, the founder and chief medical officer at AliveCor, a medical device and artificial intelligence company whose devices measures the electrical activity of the heart via mobile… Full Story

Local Researchers Identify Marker for Patients at Risk of Immunotherapy Side Effects

UT Southwestern researchers may have moved closer to identifying patients at greatest risk of side effects from immunotherapy treatments. Immunotherapy mobilizes the patient’s immune system to fight cancer, and researchers found that there are molecules called cytokines that signal the immune system to fire up to fight disease. If cytokines are low in a patient, that patient is more likely to develop immune-related side effects. The studies focused on a variety of cancer types and widely used immunotherapy drugs and were funded from a grant from the American Cancer Society. They will expand to multicenter clinical trials to look at… Full Story

FDA Approves New Flu Medication, Hoping to Combat Last Year’s Deadly Flu Season in North Texas

As this year’s flu season ramps up, the FDA approved a flu medication with a new mechanism of action for the first time in 20 years. For those who are 12 years or older and have had acute, uncomplicated flu for less than 48 hours, Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) could be the new answer. Last year, the flu vaccine was only effective in 40 percent of cases, and the Centers for Disease Control estimates that there were more than 900,000 hospitalizations and 80,000 deaths due to the flu since 2010. Each year, an estimated 3 to 11 percent of the U.S. population gets the… Full Story

Health Wildcatters Ranked as a Top Accelerator for the Third Year in a Row

Dallas is home to one of the top accelerators in the country, as Health Wildcatters has been highly ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project for the third year in a row. SARP is a study conducted by MIT, the University of Richmond, and Rice University, and is meant to promote further discussion about the impacts and prospects of the accelerator world. The rankings help clarify which programs are performing in regards to funding, valuations, alumni feedback, and survival rates, providing valuable information to entrepreneurs trying to decide where to take their ideas. Health Wildcatters accelerator program focuses exclusively on healthcare entrepreneurs.… Full Story