Here are 5 of the hottest health IT startups at SXSW

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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…


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…


Novel drug delivery could make ADHD medications easier for kids to take

Novel drug delivery could make ADHD medications easier for kids to take

March 10, 2014 5:40 am by | 0 Comments

Neos Therapeutics is planning to make controlled-release ADHD medicines in liquid and dissolving tablet form, so they’re easier for children to take and last throughout the day. The Grand Prairie,…


HIT startup uses EHR data to get docs to recommend clinicial trials to patients

HIT startup uses EHR data to get docs to recommend clinicial trials to patients

March 9, 2014 6:20 am by | 0 Comments

An Austin startup is making it easier for doctors to inform patients about relevant clinical trials. ePaientFinder is using EHR data and compensating doctors for consulting time to make this…



Chief of Houston EMR non-profit HealthConnect resigns

Chief of Houston EMR non-profit HealthConnect resigns

March 9, 2014 3:00 am by | 0 Comments

The president and chief executive officer of Greater Houston HealthConnect, a Houston-based nonprofit organization established to electronically connect area doctors and hospitals, has resigned. Jim Langabeer, an emergency medicine and…


New ACA insurance causes headaches in some doctors’ offices

New ACA insurance causes headaches in some doctors’ offices

February 25, 2014 5:49 am by | 0 Comments

Sheila Lawless is the office manager at a small rheumatology practice in Wichita Falls, Texas, about two hours outside of Dallas. She makes sure everything in the office runs smoothly…


Some not making enough money to qualify for tax credits to purchase coverage on health insurance exchange

Some not making enough money to qualify for tax credits to purchase coverage on health insurance exchange

February 25, 2014 5:49 am by | 1 Comments

Sitting at an old picnic table in front of a dilapidated house, María Díaz, a hotel housekeeper, tells stories of the rejection that comes with living in impoverished Texas colonias. The…


How has AirStrip’s mobile platform evolved to support transformation in healthcare?

How has AirStrip’s mobile platform evolved to support transformation in healthcare?

February 22, 2014 11:07 am by | 0 Comments

AirStrip CEO Alan Portela is hoping that his experience at the upcoming HIMSS conference will be a lot better than last year. No, he’s not referring to the water contamination…


Low income + no Medicaid expansion = No healthcare hope in TX & FL

Low income + no Medicaid expansion = No healthcare hope in TX & FL

February 20, 2014 1:44 pm by | 4 Comments

Everyone is talking about income equality and the need to increase the minimum wage. House Republicans probably will not let a federal bill pass, but some states are not waiting…


Advocacy group: Medicaid ‘gap’ will leave up to 1M Texans without health insurance

Advocacy group: Medicaid ‘gap’ will leave up to 1M Texans without health insurance

February 16, 2014 11:58 am by | 1 Comments

States that refuse to expand Medicaid are creating a new donut hole. Many people fall into a gap where they don’t qualify for Medicaid or for federal subsidies to buy insurance through exchanges.


NASA tissue regeneration tech finds a home in medical devices for pain, 3D research models

NASA tissue regeneration tech finds a home in medical devices for pain, 3D research models

February 11, 2014 9:32 am by | 0 Comments

Bone and muscle regeneration technology developed with astronauts in mind could provide a foundation for new medical devices to treat pain and new methods of testing drugs in the lab….


Myriad ends lawsuit with GenebyGene, freeing it to market BRCA genetic tests outside North America

Myriad ends lawsuit with GenebyGene, freeing it to market BRCA genetic tests outside North America

February 8, 2014 10:30 am by | 0 Comments

Update: Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year year, BRCA gene testing has continued to be an issue in the courts. But a patent infringement case between Myriad Genetics…