The Top Killer No One is Talking About, and the Executive Order that Could Help

Chronic kidney disease kills more people than breast or prostate cancer each year, but you won’t see NFL players wearing socks and gloves to increase awareness, or massive fun runs raising money to treat it. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 37 million people in the U.S., or 15 percent of adults, are impacted by CKD, and around 90 percent of those with the disease don’t even know they have it. The costs of kidney disease are unsustainable. Medicare paid $114 billion for people with all stages of renal disease in 2016, which was nearly 20 percent of all Medicare spending… Full Story

Medical Innovators: Nominate Your Brightest for The Innovation Awards

The medical industry is one of the key drivers of innovation worldwide, and Dallas is no stranger to medical ingenuity. From virtual reality advancements to data analytics, DFW is full of companies and organizations on the leading edge of the medical field. Here is your chance to be recognized. Past years have seen the success of D CEO’s CIO/CTO Awards program, and this year we invite the medical community to take part in The Innovation Awards, presented by D CEO magazine and Dallas Innovates. This program honors CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and other leaders driving innovation in North Texas. Dallas Innovates is a collaboration of… Full Story

Treating Drug Addiction with Magnetic Therapy in Dallas

Prescription drug addiction is an issue that has gripped the headlines for several years, but treating the issue has proven to be difficult, time consuming, and costly. One issue is that most programs apply identical methods of care to all patients regardless of one’s individual psychiatric issues. Dallas based- Enterhealth is the first addiction treatment center in North Texas to adopt Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT), which provides a personalized approach utilizing a combination of individual physiotherapy, non-addictive psychiatric medications, and other stress management tools to optimize the brain function within four to eight weeks of treatment. Each patient presents a different… Full Story

Check Out the Next Cohort of Health Wildcatters Innovators

Healthcare accelerator Health Wildcatters announced eight new start-ups for its fall cohort, including companies that make reusable modular catheters and a product that address the social-emotional health for kids. “We have an interesting variety of startups in this year’s cohort,” said Health Wildcatters CEO, Dr. Hubert Zajicek, via release. “In previous years we’ve seen trends where more medical devices or health IT would participate. This year we have diagnostics, medical devices, telehealth and digital health companies participating, and the founders are extremely diverse in age and background as well.” Health Wildcatters has raised $70 million over the last six years… Full Story

Avoiding Pre-Term Birth with Text Messages in Dallas

It is good business to engage with consumers, but when it comes to healthcare, engagement may be a matter of life and death. Texas’ maternal mortality rate has been debated a good deal in recent years, but nearly everyone agrees that it is much too high, especially for women of color. At the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, data analytics and technology are improving outcomes for underserved pregnant women in Dallas. One significant way to reduce maternal and infant mortality is to avoid pre-term birth, and in 2017, Texas had a 10.4 percent pre-term birth rate – earning a D… Full Story

PCCI Joins Federal Effort to Fight Kidney Disease

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced earlier this month that the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation will be contributing its capabilities to support the “Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative.” Nearly 100,000 Americans are waiting on the list to receive a kidney transplant, with kidney disease ranking as the ninth leading cause of death in America, costing Medicare $114 billion a year. PCCI is focused on improving healthcare for vulnerable populations by using advance data science and clinical experts and will now advance efforts to learn more about kidney health. With 37 million patients suffering from chronic kidney… Full Story

CMS Names Vizient and Parkland Nonprofit Top Contractors

Vizient and the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation have been chosen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a Prime awardee of the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractor for their ability to improve healthcare quality. The designation means PCCI and Vizient can bid on CMS Task Orders over the next five years. The two organizations will serve as innovative quality improvement experts and agents for healthcare transformation. They may provide technical assistance in a variety of segments of the industry, obtain commitments from various stakeholders, team up with patients and families about improved outcomes, and assist providers in obtaining… Full Story

The Local App for Women’s Libido

At the Healthcare Dealmakers Conference Health Innovation Pitch Competition this spring, Rosy Wellness, Inc. came out on top, earning $14,000 and office space with Healthcare Wildcatters as well. Rosy is a women’s health company that addresses decreased sexual desire to improve libido with evidence-based resources and community. Low sexual desire impacts 31 million women in the U.S. alone, double the number that suffer from erectile dysfunction, yet there is just one drug and a lack of evidence based comprehensive solutions. The low desire impacts women and their relationships, as 69 percent have a worsened body image, 67 percent feel less connected, 51 percent… Full Story

When Clothes Have Their Own Muscles

What if the clothes you wore could help you stand up out of a chair, walk down the street, or even hike a mountain? At the Arts and Healthcare Breakfast presented by the Dallas Business Council for the Arts, guests were introduced to Seismic, a company that designs apparel that is integrated with robotics. The panel, which was moderated by Cigna’s North Texas and Oklahoma President and General Manager LaMonte Thomas, focused on how technology can be integrated with design and art. Seismic’s market entry and strategic partnerships leader Sarah Thomas was on the panel, and described how the clothing… Full Story

Treating Cancer with Car-T in DFW – One Year Later

Around a year ago, a cancer break through arrived in Dallas in the form of CAR-T therapy, where cells are modified and the immune system is used to fight cancer. Since then, immunotherapy has expanded in the region to include two different CAR-T therapies. Over the past year, the partnership between Texas Oncology and and Baylor University Medical Center has treated 16 patients with commercially available CAR-T, which is for lymphoma and acute leukemia. Meanwhile, 30 more patients were enrolled in clinical trials for a number of different cancers. Currently an inpatient procedure, trials are looking at moving the cancer… Full Story