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 her responses to our Q and A in ahead of the awards. What has been your most significant professional achievement in the past year or so? “I am most… 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

The Dallas Companies Hoping to ‘Uberize’ the Healthcare Staffing

As technology impacts the way healthcare is delivered, it is also changing the way healthcare practices find staff. Two Dallas-based companies are using ride-sharing technology to solve the problem of cumbersome staffing procedures for healthcare facilities and helping solve the nursing shortage. Sadiant Health hopes to eliminate recruiters, pay nurses more, and charge hospitals less when staffing nurses. When a facility has a shift to fill, they access a list of nurses through Sadiant’s app that allows them to see the certifications and specializations of the nurses, and they can book them accordingly. Because Sadiant cuts out what used to be… Full Story

Texas’ First Custom Hip Replacement Patient Says “Every Day is Like a Birthday”

Wanda Shelling’s hip pain built for years. As her cartilage wore down, her mobility suffered. Over time, she couldn’t stand up straight, bend over to pick things up, or even put socks on. But after a 50-minute procedure, she was up walking in just 7 hours. “For the first time in years, I could stand up straight and walk with normal gait,” she says. On November 28, Dr. Donald Hohman performed our region’s first ever custom hip replacement surgery at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery, Plano. Rather than choosing the prosthetic from a variety of pre-made sizes, improved… Full Story

Texas’ First Single-Incision Robotic Surgery at UTSW

Single-incision robotic surgery made its Texas debut at UT Southwestern Medical Center this week. Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu performed the new technique, which allows for all the surgical tools to enter the body through one small incision rather than five or six, reducing scarring and overall risk. Cadeddu, a Professor of Urology and Radiology at UTSW, performed the laparoscopic surgery. “Every hole you create in a patient has a risk associated with it. Every incision means increased pain, increased risk of hitting a blood vessel,” he said via release. The robotic device is called Single Port SP Robot, which has four arms… Full Story

FDA Approval for Drug that Targets Mutation in Multiple Cancers

The FDA approved a treatment that targets a specific fused gene that is common in several types cancer cells, shifting the treatment from focusing on a certain type of cancer or organ to fighting a common mutation in a wide range of tumors. Dr. Theodore Laetsch of UT Southwestern and Children’s Health is leading the work with this new form of precision medicine. The drug, called Larotrectinib, was found to be effective in 93 percent of patients tested at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center. The mutation occurs when a TRK gene attaches to another gene, where the gene turns on and… Full Story

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