Baylor Scott and White Team up with Startup Xealth to Prescribe Everything Except Drugs

Baylor Scott and White recently became customers of Xealth, a platform that allows physicians to prescribe anything from wheelchairs to Weight Watchers, according to Geek Wire. The Seattle startup recommends services such as insulin monitors or Lyft rides based on patient data and allows users to purchase them from a variety of vendors. Xealth CEO is Mike McSherry, who had earlier success as CEO of texting technology Swype, and other investors include companies whose products services are included in the platform. Co-founder Aaron Sheedy also worked at Swype and with McSherry at Microsoft in the 1990s, according to Geek Wire.… Full Story

Vivify Health Has Tripled in Size and is Expanding its Space in Plano

Vivify Health, a digital platform powering numerous health provider technologies across the country, is growing its office presence at the Shops at Legacy by 40 percent. Vivify has been in their current location since 2014, and is taking over adjacent space. Vivify Health’s cloud-based platform helps providers create personalized health plans, biometric data monitoring, virtual health visits, and patient education that is also integrated with electronic medical records. It is under contract with over 800 hospitals nationwide, including Children’s Health, Texas Health Resources, and UT Southwestern. They have doubled revenue every year since 2014. A number of wireless devices allow… Full Story

Medical City President Erol Akdamar on How to Make Flu Season Less Deadly

If you feel like you have been hearing more about sepsis recently, you are right. Blame the flu. Sepsis is an overwhelming response to infection that can lead to life-threatening organ failure. It’s a serious healthcare industry concern because each year, sepsis affects more than 26 million people worldwide including 270,000 American deaths, making it more deadly than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis is often linked to bacterial infections, but the past two flu seasons it has made headlines as a life-threatening complication from the influenza virus. I follow the trends of sepsis on a daily basis… Full Story

Local Software Company Lands Nation’s Largest Home Health Provider

Dallas-based Homecare Homebase will be the electronic medical record system for Kindred at Home, the country’s largest home health, hospice, and community care provider. HCHB is owned by Hearst Health Network and offers cloud-based tech solutions for home health and hospice agencies and was formed in 1999. Kindred at home is a 35-year-old healthcare company with skilled nursing, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, social work, disease management education, hospice, palliative care services, and more. David Causby, CEO of Kindred at Home, said via release, “We are dedicated to providing our employees with the best tools to continue to deliver the best care.… Full Story

How Telehealth is Impacting Employers in Dallas-Fort Worth

Over the last several years, virtual health has grown exponentially in the United States, overcoming political hurdles, legislation, and medical societies fighting tooth and nail to stop its proliferation. Employers are starting to recognize the value of telemedicine as well, with 65 percent of companies offering telemedicine through their health plan. The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health hosted a luncheon on the current and future state of telemedicine, bringing in a panel of experts on the topic. Moderator Eric Bassett, who is Senior Partner and the Central Market Business Leader for Mercer Health and Benefits, talked about how telemedicine… Full Story

A North Texas First: Aortic Balloon Saves the Life of Mother and Baby During C-Section

Providers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas saved a woman and her baby’s life in the first regional use of aortic balloon catheter in an OB-GYN case. When a woman’s placenta is positioned low in the uterus and near a C-section scar, a condition called placenta accreta where the placenta eats its way through the uterus and attached to another organ is more likely. This condition causes the mortality rate for baby’s to jump to six or seven percent when delivered via C-section, according to Dr. Robert Cohen, an OB-GYN on the medical staff of Presbyterian. One in 277 pregnancies result… Full Story

Tenet Extends Cerner Contract

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has extended its agreement with information systems giant Cerner Corp. in a long-term agreement. The details of the contract were not released, but the two companies hope to continue to make healthcare information systems more efficient. Tenet’s hospital medical staff will have access to Cerner’s cloud-based infrastructure as well as CommonWell Health Alliance, a nationwide data sharing network. “At Tenet, we are focused on innovation of our systems infrastructure to enable our caregivers to better serve patients in the most effective and efficient manner,”Paola Arbour, Chief Information Officer of Tenet Healthcare, said via release. “With our expanded… 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

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