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 Robotic Arm for Spine Surgery at Medical City Frisco

Medical City Frisco is the first hospital in the region to employ a new robotic arm for spine surgery. The Globus Medical ExcelsiusGPS allows surgeons to use the precision and navigation of the new technology to reduce blood loss and muscle damage. For patients with back or spine pain, the robotic arm can lead to a faster recovery, with smaller incisions that reduce infection risk, nerve damage, and scarring. The first surgery was performed using ExcelsiusGPS this October. For spine surgeries, the robotic arm can position the instruments and place screws according to the surgeon’s plans, provide visualization of the… Full Story

Planned Parenthood’s New App Can Help Women Order Birth Control Without an Appointment

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas launched their app PP Direct, which can help women obtain birth control, last week. The new technology allows individuals to gain access to birth control and auto-refills for up to a year without an appointment. The app, which is available for iPhone and Android, also helps navigate the different types of birth control and matches it with each person, outlining the benefits and risks of each method. The app can help women plan a health center appointment or pay for the medicine. The app is free and is only available for individuals 18 or older… Full Story

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