Match.com for senior care, Cariloop gives users more control over healthcare decisions

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Match.com for senior care, Cariloop gives users more control over healthcare decisions

June 5, 2014 1:34 pm by | 2 Comments

One of the toughest decisions seniors and their adult children often have to make is picking a care facility. One healthcare startup confronting that challenge is Cariloop. Its service reflects…


Even without expanding Medicaid, Texas sees 80K new enrollees

Even without expanding Medicaid, Texas sees 80K new enrollees

July 15, 2014 4:47 pm by | 0 Comments

More than 80,000 additional Texans have enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act last fall despite Republican state leaders’ decision not to expand…


Orlando Portale will head AirStrip’s innovation advisory board

Orlando Portale will head AirStrip’s innovation advisory board

June 19, 2014 6:04 pm by | 0 Comments

If you’re going to have an innovation advisory board for a mobile health company, it helps to have someone who is very familiar with the product and also a big proponent of developing new applications for mobile health technology. Orlando Portale, the CIO for Palomar Health, is well positioned to head up Airstrip’s newly formed board and help it advance its technology platform.



Texas lawyer building hatchback cars made for people in wheelchairs

Texas lawyer building hatchback cars made for people in wheelchairs

June 18, 2014 6:13 am by | 7 Comments

For people in wheelchairs, activities like going to work, the grocery store, or get-togethers with relatives require getting a ride from someone or paying for taxi service. Lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Stacy Zoern…


Whether Medicaid managed care cuts costs is still TBD, and that’s making states uneasy

Whether Medicaid managed care cuts costs is still TBD, and that’s making states uneasy

June 4, 2014 2:49 pm by | 0 Comments

In 2008, Centene Corp. took on a contract to manage health care for 30,000 foster children in Texas — a tough new challenge for the Clayton-based Medicaid contractor. Texas state…


MD Anderson to start testing immunotherapy drugs on newly diagnosed glioblastomas

MD Anderson to start testing immunotherapy drugs on newly diagnosed glioblastomas

June 1, 2014 5:31 pm by | 1 Comments

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. researchers are finalizing plans to test two immunotherapy drugs made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co on patients newly diagnosed with the most common form of deadly brain tumors in adults.
Dr. Mark Gilbert, a leading brain tumor r…


Modernized, personalized care plans draw investors into Filament Labs’ $1M seed round

Modernized, personalized care plans draw investors into Filament Labs’ $1M seed round

May 22, 2014 1:48 pm by | 0 Comments

Filament Labs, one of a handful of digital health startups leveraging smartphones to connect patients and their doctors during the last mile of care, will be able to build onto…


Nurse practitioners continue their battle for autonomy in Texas Medicaid programs

Nurse practitioners continue their battle for autonomy in Texas Medicaid programs

May 19, 2014 4:12 pm by | 0 Comments

Rose Okoro, a nurse practitioner who specializes in family medicine, opened the Daystar Family Clinic in Katy, Texas, last October. Seven months later, she has only enough patients to work there part time.
It is not because of demand but beca…



Parents’ digital cameras may be a helpful new tool in early detection of pediatric eye cancer

Parents’ digital cameras may be a helpful new tool in early detection of pediatric eye cancer

May 6, 2014 11:31 am by | 1 Comments

Using thousands of baby photos, some off-the-shelf software and the help of his colleagues, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Baylor University is on a personal mission to develop a better way to detect early signs of pediatric eye cancer.


Gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy secures funding to begin clinical trials

Gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy secures funding to begin clinical trials

April 25, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

A Dallas biotech startup has raised money to begin clinical trials for what it hopes could be a treatment for the top genetic cause of infant mortality. AveXis is developing…


More Texas doctors drop insurance and move to cash only

More Texas doctors drop insurance and move to cash only

April 12, 2014 4:26 pm by | 0 Comments

LAREDO — For 12 hours a day, the waiting room at Dr. Gustavo Villarreal’s family practice is often packed with patients, people who will pay a flat $50 fee for…


Texas has messed with Obamacare (and Texans aren’t signing up)

Texas has messed with Obamacare (and Texans aren’t signing up)

March 28, 2014 1:07 pm by | 4 Comments

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn’t helped the state’s underperforming sign-up numbers. Sebelius…


Girl who had medically induced obesity recovering from weight-loss surgery in Ohio

Girl who had medically induced obesity recovering from weight-loss surgery in Ohio

March 22, 2014 1:58 pm by | 0 Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 12-year-old girl with a rare case of medically induced obesity that pushed her weight past 200 pounds is recovering after weight-loss surgery. Alexis Shapiro, from Cibolo,…


These 10 states are critical to reaching Obamacare enrollment goals by March 31

These 10 states are critical to reaching Obamacare enrollment goals by March 31

March 19, 2014 5:01 am by | 1 Comments

Ten states — seven of them controlled by Republicans —hold the key to whether the Obama administration succeeds at signing up 6 million people by the deadline of March 31….


Texas makes final push for Obamacare enrollment

Texas makes final push for Obamacare enrollment

March 17, 2014 12:46 pm by | 0 Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Sara Rodriguez recently received a $4,000 bill for a six-hour emergency room visit to treat a fever. She says she can’t pay, but she’s also not planning…


Here are 5 of the hottest health IT startups at SXSW

Here are 5 of the hottest health IT startups at SXSW

March 10, 2014 4:29 pm by | 0 Comments

AUSTIN, Tex. — Health technology startups shone this year at South by Southwest Interactive. Pedicab bikers raved about TumorPaint (the inventor of the “molecular flashlight” delivered a rousing talk), and Misfit Wearables piqued…