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Talking about the problems with electronic medical records on Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed the embattled arena of electronic health records. About 10 years ago, a big movement began to digitize healthcare, but there have been major bumps along the road. Are things getting better?...

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Dr. Mehmet Oz shows off VR project ‘YOU’ at Austin’s Microsoft Store

On Thursday, Dr. Mehmet Oz (known on TV as simply “Dr. Oz”) was in Austin to demonstrate some virtual-reality software he said will help doctors improve care for their patients. “YOU,” which in the demonstration was focused on close-up examination...

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Austin biotech firm gets $4M in drug development grants

Austin-based Pain Therapeutics has received two grants totaling $4 million to continue its development of two drugs. The news sent shares of the company up more than 8 percent. The drug development company, which was founded in 1998, was awarded a...

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A&M gets $20 million grant to develop implanted health sensors

Texas A&M University researchers will lead a $20 million federally funded program to develop under-the-skin sensors and hand-held devices for tracking health conditions, especially for people who, for geographical or income reasons, lack ready...

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After patient deaths, Austin’s Apollo Endosurgery involved in FDA investigation

After five people died since January 2016 following surgery to insert an inflatable balloon into their stomachs to treat obesity, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether that medical device is to blame for their deaths.  Included...

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Austin biotech firm Molecular Templates raises $60 million, goes public

Austin-based biotechnology firm Molecular Templates is now a publicly traded company, thanks to a reverse-merger with California-based Threshold Pharmaceuticals. The company now trades under the stock ticker “MTEM” on the Nasdaq stock exchange. It’s...

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With new $30M investment, medical device maker Acessa Health left California to start new chapter in Austin

It’s been a whirlwind few months for medical device maker Acessa Health. In June, the company announced it had acquired a noninvasive treatment for uterine fibroids from a California medical device company. At the same time, the company said it had...

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Fast-growing health care startup EverlyWell launches new DNA-based at-home lab tests

Austin-based startup EverlyWell is launching three new biomarker and genomics products that expand its suite of at-home testing kits. The new tests use DNA to provide information about food sensitivity, metabolism and breast milk DHA levels. EverlyWell...

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Improvements to mobile 911 calls are coming

Outages and spotty software has led to several cases in the last few years where wireless phones have had trouble making 911 emergency calls and it’s been a long road trying to get to a place where mobile phones work as well as landlines for getting...

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Austin biotech company Lung Therapeutics raises $14.3 million

Austin biotech company Lung Therapeutics said Tuesday it has raised $14.3 million to help fuel its quest to develop drugs to treat fibrosis, lung injury and other diseases. The lead investor in the funding round was Bios Partners. Lung Therapeutics...

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