Morning Rounds (10.10.12)

Parkland Health & Hospital System has formed a nonprofit research and development corporation to support software that predicts patient problems before they occur.

The Medical Center of Plano is the first hospital in Texas to use a new stroke treatment.

More health systems self-insuring the combined hospital-physician malpractice risk.

Post-debate bounce: Romney closes the gap with Obama when it comes to healthcare matters. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.09.12)

One North Texan makes Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “Up and Comers” list.

Dallas-based MediSend International is providing 50 Nigerian technicians with professional training and technical support.

Engineers at UTD made a material small enough to read DNA, which opens the possibility of using it as a low-cost tool to sequence DNA.

The Dallas Regional Chamber Chamber will host its fourth annual healthcare conference Oct. 17, bringing in experts across the sector’s various industries. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.05.12)

Six Dallas healthcare professionals have been indicted for defrauding Medicare, as indicted defrauding Medicare part of a national investigation that involves 91 individuals.

Four North Texas leaders have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders To Know.

Four months after launching an organ-donation campaign in the United States, Facebook is taking the program to Canada and Mexico.

Novation hosts 50 suppliers at first Innovative Technology Supplier Expo in Irving. Full Story

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.