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

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