Three DFW Contenders in Running for $30,000 Aetna Prize

Three North Texas contenders are in the running to win $30,000 as part of an Aetna program that rewards groups for closing racial and ethnic gaps in helping people live healthier lives. The local finalists are AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative, and West Dallas Community Centers Inc. Online voting is now open and runs through Oct. 14. This is the second year for Aetna’s “Voices of Health” program. The 2011 prize went to Latino health Access, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based organization.

Sharing Healthcare Information Throughout the Region

In 1994 a group of companies got together to solve a common problem. The group included Compaq, DEC, IBM, INTEL, Microsoft, NEC, Nortel and would later expand to include HP, Lucent, and Phillips. The goal of this unusual coalition was to make it easier for consumers to connect external devices to the multitudes of computers manufactured by the participants. Rather than compete on the basis of incompatibility with each other’s products, they set aside competitive differences and put the interests of the consumer first to create the USB. I am old enough to recognize this as a major improvement over… Full Story

4G Biometrics, Methodist Richardson Among MTBC’s Tech Titans Winners

4G Biometrics and Methodist Richardson Medical Center are among the winners of the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titans awards. UTA’s Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega and UTD’s Robert L. Robb also were among those honored. OneSource Virtual was named the area’s fastest-growing tech company in North Texas, with a revenue growth of 2874% during the past three years. The winners were revealed and celebrated at a gala Friday evening held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. It was the 12th annual program for the MTBC, the largest technology trade association in Texas. “Tech Titans is the premier recognition of innovative… Full Story

Aegis to Add More Than 1,000 Jobs in Irving

A growing healthcare client base is sparking a hiring spree at Aegis, which has its American headquarters in Irving. The outsourcing services company, part of the global Essar Group, aims to add 600 customer service representatives and 480 sales representatives at its Irving centers. Sandip Sen, global CEO, said the company also is hiring at its other U.S. locations. “When we joined the jobs4america Coalition last year, we pledged to hire more than 4,000 workers in the United States over the next two years,” he said. “This is the latest demonstration of progress toward fulfilling that pledge.” Hiring will take… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.24.12)

Final rule on Stage 2 of EHR incentive program issued. Physicians’ Capital Investments, Physicians’ Capital Markets, and EDGE Realty Capital Markets announce a strategic alliance. USMD Hospital at Fort Worth ranks in Becker’s top hospitals for patient med guidance. CDC: West Nile Outbreak one of largest in U.S.

Irving-Based WaveTwo Acquired By Konica Minolta’s IT Group

WaveTwo, an Irving-based managed IT consulting firm that’s focused on healthcare, has been sold to All Covered, the managed IT services arm of Konica Minolta. It’s the second MSP acquisition for All Covered this week—the other being Compuquip’s MSP practice—and 11th since early 2011. The WaveTwo buyout continues All Covered’s push into vertical IT markets, including healthcare, law, and education, and reinforces its global expansion strategy. “Hospitals and physician offices are looking for comprehensive IT solutions that include hardware, software and managed IT services to help improve patient care, drive down operating costs and meet the demands of electronic medical… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.16.12)

Physicians seeing patient visits rebound in 2012. 5 Simple Ways a hospital can build a stellar reputation. Harvard Medical School: New test may speed detection of heart attacks. Having a resident in a surgery increases success rate. Pharma reps with iPads get more physicians to accept samples, prescribe drugs.

Morning Rounds (08.15.12)

American Heart Association: Blood type may influence heart disease risk. TMA offers tips for negotiating health plan contracts. Dallas-based Doris Daniely Outreach one of two finalists in Aveeno grant competition. CDC: New strain of swine Flu strain on the rise. Baylor Research Institute releases digital version of its annual report.

Morning Rounds (08.09.12)

Parkland says it has completed about 70 percent of the tasks on its corrective action plan. Tenet‘s stock climbed nearly 3 percent Wednesday, after the company reported its 2Q results. PwC offers tips for treating patients like a valued customer. HHS: Electronic payments could save hospitals $9 billion. Children with Crohn’s Disease may benefit from new treatment.  

Morning Rounds (08.08.12)

Children’s Medical Center levels up patient’s gaming systems and electronics with $150,000 gift from MMK Foundation. One-third of doctors declined to take new Medicaid patients in 2011. New HHS rule may save up to $9 billion over the next 10 years and give doctors more time with patients. The Institute of Medicine wants doctors’ Medicare pay to reflect city population. HIPAA has changed; new compliance training can be found online.