Expert: Fatty Liver Disease is the Next Healthcare Epidemic

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is quickly becoming the next healthcare epidemic. Currently affecting over 30% of Americans, trends show this population will increase significantly in the coming years. NAFLD is a disease that ranges from relatively harmless fatty liver to the more severe non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) where the accumulation of fat causes chronic inflammation and cell injury. Approximately 25% of adults with fatty liver will go on to develop NASH. If NASH is left untreated, fibrosis occurs, where persistent inflammation causes a build-up of scar tissue. At the advanced stages of the disease, liver damage is irreversible and often… Full Story

Local Infusion Software Company Expands in Pennsylvania

Dallas and Austin-based software start-up WeInfuse has expanded its client base to the Infusion Center of Pennsylvania, an independent, multi-specialty infusion center with two locations in Southeastern Pennsylvania. WeInfuse manages the workflow of infusions centers, adding data analytics, medication inventory management, and space optimization for a number of centers that treat immune disorders all over the country. The software has been used at over 100 infusion centers and has supported 65,000 infusion treatments. “We provide superior service to our patients, and expect the same from our vendors,” said ICPA’s COO, Phil Weber via release. “We think every infusion center in… Full Story

Avoiding Pre-Term Birth with Text Messages in Dallas

It is good business to engage with consumers, but when it comes to healthcare, engagement may be a matter of life and death. Texas’ maternal mortality rate has been debated a good deal in recent years, but nearly everyone agrees that it is much too high, especially for women of color. At the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, data analytics and technology are improving outcomes for underserved pregnant women in Dallas. One significant way to reduce maternal and infant mortality is to avoid pre-term birth, and in 2017, Texas had a 10.4 percent pre-term birth rate – earning a D… Full Story

Virtual Visits with CVS’ MinuteClinic Arrive in Texas

CVS Heath’s MinuteClinic has arrived in Texas. Patients can use their mobile device or computer to see a provider at any time for minor illnesses, injuries, skin conditions and other needs through virtual visits.   The pharmacy and retail giant is adding telemedicine to its retail medical clinics in Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma as well. For patients who chose to receive a telehealth visit during the program’s pilot phase, 95 percent were highly satisfied  with the convenience and care according to a CVS Health study. The pilot launched in August of last year in a partnership with… Full Story

VC Funding of Digital Health is Higher than Ever

Global venture capital funding for digital health companies in 2019 increased in quarter one and quarter two relative to last year, reaching $5.1 billion for the first half of 2019, according to a Mercom Capital Group report. In the first half of 2019, 14 digital health funding deals originated in Texas, raising nearly $162 million for companies in the Lone Star State. Eight acquisitions of Texas digital health companies took place over the same period, according to the report. Digital health VC investment was slightly higher than last year, totaling $5.1 billion with 318 deals in the first half of… Full Story

Expert Opinion: W-2 Employee vs. 1099 for On Demand Nursing

The on-demand economy is disrupting nearly every industry, and nursing is no different. Technology is allowing workers with a variety of skillsets to connect with businesses and individuals who have unmet demand for their services. Connecting facilities directly to healthcare professionals without an agency middleman means nurses make more money, healthcare facilities pay less, and patients receive higher quality of care. But creating an uber for nursing or any other industry has its drawbacks. For an industry as complex and important as nursing, two priorities have emerged. First, nurses needed to be in control of their schedules, and the technology… Full Story

Vivify Health Named Best Remote Patient Monitoring Solution

Vivify Health’s Pathways Program was named the Best Remote Patient Monitoring Solution in the 2019 MedTech Breakthrough Awards program, beating out over 3,500 other nominations from 15 different countries. According to a recent survey, 83 percent of patients are interested in receiving virtual care, but only 17 percent currently have access to it. Pathways mobile allows for providers to deliver remote care programs, and for users to personalize care plans that fit their individual schedule and needs. The virtual care platform received a 97 percent patient satisfaction feedback and more than 8 times ROI, and is part of the shift… Full Story

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