NTEC Names Presenting Companies for MedVentures 2012

The North Texas Enterprise Center (NTEC) for Technology, a Frisco-based nonprofit that supports medical technology start-up companies, has announced the top 10 presenting companies for the its 2012 MedVentures event. Slated for Oct. 9, MedVentures is an annual early-stage investment and education conference that includes angel investor/venture capital panel discussions, healthcare policy updates, and presentations by some of the top emerging medical technology companies in the region. This year, NTEC received a record 80 applications. A panel of 30 reviewers from scientific and advisory boards selected the top 10 companies to present, said Dr. Hubert Zajicek, NTEC’s managing director, medical… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.10.12)

Just half of all physicians meet federal standards for Electronic Health Record systems. Click to see which doctors are most and least likely to be in compliance.

An increase in cholesterol screenings has led to more diagnosed cases of high cholesterol, from 33.2 percent to 35 percent nationwide. Texas saw a 21.2 percent increase—the second highest increase in diagnoses behind Arizona (22.2 percent).

Fewer than 25 percent of people with hypertension treat it correctly. Out of 66.9 million, 35.8 million do not have their hypertension controlled, 14.1 million are unaware they have hypertension, and 5.7 million were aware of their diagnosis but not receiving treatment, while only 16 million were aware and receiving treatment.

The 2011 National Immunization Survey finds that nationwide vaccination coverage among children aged 19 to 35 months increased or remained stable in the last year and met or exceeded national objectives. Trends in Texas are consistent with national data, with the state experiencing a significant increase in coverage for the HepB birth vaccine since 2010.

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Accolades (09.10.12)

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Novation, Aprima, HealthTexas Provider Network and North Texas Specialty Physicians get recognized in this week’s edition of Accolades. Full Story

Less than Half of All Physicians Meet Federal Standards for EHRs

The 2011 Physician Workflow Survey indicates that 42 percent of all physicians have Electronic Health Record systems that meet federal standards. Among the most likely physician specialties to meet this requirement were cardiovascular disease specialists (69 percent) and practitioners of internal medicine (50 percent), while ophthalmologists (25 percent) and psychiatrists (19 percent) were least likely.

IOM Calls for Better Use of Technology in Healthcare

The Institute of Medicine has released a report calling for a better healthcare system in light of recent science and technological advances. An 18-member expert committee released the 382-page report, entitled “Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America.” According to Modern Healthcare, the report critiques the current healthcare system, which resulted in an estimated $750 billion loss in 2009 for being costly, of poor quality, and inefficient; it calls for a change to the current business model. The report also states that 75,000 lives could have been saved in 2005 if every state’s… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.05.12)

Nearly every major health insurer recorded declining earnings in the second quarter of 2012, mainly because of something that happened more often than they expected: patients going to see their doctors, according to an American Medical Association report.

A Baylor Health Care System director of epidemiology and his team are executing a large national multicenter study to assess the effectiveness of preventive and management strategies and their impact on long-term survival.

The American Heart Association reports that taking vitamin D supplements to compensate for vitamin D deficiency may not improve cholesterol in short term.

A Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Chief nursing officer has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows from across the country for 2012. Full Story

Texas EDs: On the Front Lines of Accountable Care

After more than two decades working in healthcare, I know my way around a hospital, and I’m well versed in our industry’s issues and needs. However, when an accident recently landed me in the emergency room with a fractured wrist, the experience opened my eyes in a very personal way to the challenges in our healthcare system. Don’t get me wrong. I received top-notch care in the emergency department. But after the hospital discharged me with a cast on my wrist, I received no real guidance or help in connecting with a provider for the next steps of my care… Full Story

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