The Predictive Model Preventing Adverse Drug Events and Saving Millions

Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation developed a model that has helped avoid more than 2,000 adverse drug events at Parkland Hospital and saved $17 million via a reduction of re-admissions and eliminating these events. The program is called Patients at Risk for Adverse Drug Events, which targets ADEs that plague more than 450,000 patients nationwide, accounting for $4 billion in extra hospital costs each year. The program screens adult patients when they are hospitalized and flags those who are at risk of an ADE  by analyzing the patient’s medical history, demographics, and social determination of health. The program then provides… Full Story

Tenet and NTT DATA Enter Multi-Year Agreement

Local organizations Tenet Healthcare Corp. and NTT DATA Services have agreed to a new multi-year agreement to advance technology in the Tenet network, continuing more than 20 years of collaboration. Efficient infrastructure, application systems will be the focus for the Tenet facilities. Tenet is working to streamline several service delivery models, and NTT DATA will improve the care provided with their technology solutions and platforms. “This agreement fits into our larger digital transformation strategy that prioritizes innovation and a customer-first mentality,” said Ron Rittenmeyer, Executive Chairman and CEO of Tenet Healthcare via release. “Together with NTT DATA, we are committed… Full Story

Home Health Tech Company Axxess Partners With California Telehealth Solution

Home healthcare technology company Axxess is teaming up with Connected Home Living, Inc. to provide telehealth monitoring solutions to patients. Connected Home Living’s data shows that 94 percent of patients using its technology are able to stay at home without visiting the hospital following an in-patient stay at the hospital. The platform provides 24/7 clinical monitoring, medication monitoring, arranging transportation, educational modules, and the collection of critical data. “By offering remote care monitoring that can be used on any device through Connected Home Living, Axxess clients nationwide will have the opportunity to seek physician and nursing services using sophisticated technology… Full Story

Rural Hospital Group Endorse Dallas-Based Telemedicine Provider to Deliver Care

The Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals has endorsed Dallas-based Access Physicians as its preferred provider for telemedicine. Access Physicians provides inpatient and multispecialty telemedicine for clients across the country in both rural and urban facilities. “Many of the issues confronting our members, including financial challenges, personnel shortages, and access to care, can be addressed by telemedicine,” said Vicki Pascasio, FACHE, President and CEO of TMSI via release. “After a rigorous due diligence process that included research, performance evaluation, and references, our board is delighted to welcome Access Physicians to the family of Endorsed Business Partners.” TORCH-member hospitals and… Full Story

Europe’s Perspectum and ProPath Form Imaging and Pathology Partnership

Perspectum, Europe’s fastest-growing life science company, has joined forces with ProPath, a local provider of pathology services. The partnership will allow pharmaceutical companies to receive pathology and imaging expertise from one contact research organization when running clinical trials. Perspectum provides imaging technologies for monitoring and trial endpoints, improving decision making. Trials will have streamlined clinical data management and access to biopsy and imaging data with cloud-based storage. “We are excited to start this partnership with ProPath, which will enable us to expand Perspectum’s efforts to streamline and improve decision-making in liver disease clinical trials. This combined offering will provide our… Full Story

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