This Study Describes How M&A’s Will Impact the Future of Healthcare

A paper presented at the Texas Health Law Conference this week outlines how mergers and acquisitions and disruptive innovation are creating healthcare world increasingly focused on patients. The Polsinelli law firm’s paper analyzes several mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry and makes conclusions about the future of the healthcare industry, and was written by Dallas office lawyers Jon Henderson, Andrew Kinworthy, and Kevin McDonnell. Several themes arose in the study, including private equity ownership, integrated care continuum, consumerism, shifting from in-patient to out-patient care and toward value-based care centered around data analytics. The paper concludes that these changes will improve patient care… Full Story

Is the Healthcare Industry Ready for the Digital Transformation?

In Nintex’s State of Intelligent Process Automation Study, the company looked at various industries ability to handle and take advantage of the oncoming digital transformation and automation, and the healthcare industry is not particularly confident that it’s IT departments can handle the transition. Nintex works in workflow automation and intelligent process automation, and they conducted a “survey of 450 U.S. decision makers directly involved in their organizations’ digital transformation strategies and a survey of 650 U.S. line of business employees,” according to the report. When Nintex asked healthcare companies if their IT departments were extremely prepared to handle the technology… Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Has A New Nurse-Assisting Robot

Texas Health Dallas will soon deploy, on a pilot basis, a new artificial intelligence-fueled nurse-assisting robot named Moxi, which the system says could help it free up its nursing and other staff members to do the more important work. Texas Health Resources will first explore whether Moxi, built by Austin company Diligent Robotics, can effectively ease the burden in a neurology and stroke unit in Dallas. From Texas Health: On a typical day, someone on the nursing or support staff at Texas Health Dallas may have to fill shelves in supply rooms, set up and stock patient rooms, run labs… Full Story

Health Wildcatters Releases Its Fall 2018 Cohort, Announces Plans for A Spring Program

Six companies have kicked things off at Health Wildcatters as a part of the accelerator’s fall 2018 class. It’s a little smaller group, as Health Wildcatters—which took on nine companies in fall 2017—pilots a new way of doing things that will include two smaller classes each year. The first spring program will start up in spring 2019. “We’ve considered it for many years and now due to increasing demand we’ve decided to pilot running two programs a year favoring smaller class sizes in order to provide greater access and coaching to the teams,” Health Wildcatters CEO Dr. Hubert Zajicek said… Full Story

Leaders From Texas Health, Baylor, and StratiFi Discuss Independent Physicians, Community Care, and Microhospitals (Panel Recap, Part II)

Yesterday, we ran part one of our two-part recap from last week’s D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel, featuring Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources; Gary Brock, chief integrated delivery network officer at Baylor Scott & White Health; and Dr. Christopher Crow, CEO of StratiFi Health and president of Catalyst Health Network. Today, we get to the second half of our panelists’ remarks, most of which come in response to questions from the audience. Comments have been edited for length and clarity. Let’s get to it: Crow on consolidation and the importance of independent physicians: “Consolidation in America in healthcare… Full Story

Leaders From Texas Health, Baylor, and StratiFi Discuss Disruption, Cost, Outpatient Growth, and Construction

Last week, we corralled a few heavy hitters in North Texas healthcare onto a stage at the AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria. Over the course of what turned out to be a little over an hour (sorry to keep you), we talked about the evolution of healthcare and impending disruption and, more than anything, about how these things are playing out in the types of investments health systems are making—and should be making, and might make in the future—in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond. The panelists were Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources; Gary Brock, chief integrated delivery network… Full Story

Children’s Health’s Telemed Whiz Pens Becker’s Piece On How The System Approached An Uneasy Regulatory Environment

Thursday, Becker’s Hospital Review posted what I found to be an enlightening read, from a familiar face. It’s Julie Hall-Barrow, Children’s Health’s VP of virtual health and innovation, writing on how the system approached telehealth innovation over the last couple of years, while Texas slowly worked through whether its laws would really allow the field to flourish. As Hall-Barrow writes, Children’s didn’t wait around or throw up its hands and say, “Oh well.” They got creative. Our team went to Texas Medical Board meetings in Austin and demoed our telemedicine platform. We knew changing legislation wasn’t going to be quick,… Full Story

Medical Software Firms Aprima, ClearGage Agree To Integrate Tech

Richardson-based Aprima Medical Software is linking up with ClearGage, which does patient payment and financial services tech, the companies announced recently. Aprima is an electronic health record provider, and also makes practice management and revenue cycle management software for providers. It adds the payment solutions of Tampa-based ClearGage to the lineup. “ClearGage has a comprehensive suite of technology-based payment services designed to help our customers more efficiently and effectively collect patient payments,” says Aprima CEO Michael Nissenbaum.

Teladoc Teams With CVS On MinuteClinic Offering

Teladoc has secured a partnership with CVS Health. The companies said late last week that CVS is rolling out a virtual care offering associated with its retail medical clinic, MinuteClinic. The MinuteClinic video visits will cost $59 and be available 24 hours a day through a mobile phone. CVS says video visits are for patients age two and older who want to get checked out for minor illnesses, minor injuries, or skin conditions. Each patient will complete a health questionnaire, then be matched to a board-certified health care provider licensed in their state, who will review the completed questionnaire with… Full Story

Dallas-based T-System Names A New Chief Executive

Healthcare IT company T-System named a new chief executive officer on Wednesday. The company is tapping Bob Wilhelm for the role. Wilhelm had been serving as CEO of Adreima, a revenue cycle management company bought by the similarly aimed nThrive in 2016. He’s also had stints at Cerner and Trizetto. He replaces Roger Davis. In July, Davis left to take up the CEO job at Revint Solutions, which helps healthcare companies recover revenue from being underpaid on reimbursements. Dallas-based T-System focuses on digital documentation, particularly for emergency departments and freestanding ERs. “Bob has a strong track record of successfully growing… Full Story