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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Research Teamwork Drives Innovation

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

We all know someone who has benefitted from innovation in medical technology. Effective procedures such as angioplasty and joint replacements were developed by researchers who had an idea and ran with it.

To encourage research in North Texas, the Medical Technology Consortium was formed last year by UT Arlington, UT Dallas, Texas Instruments and Texas Health Research & Education Institute, the research and education arm of Texas Health Resources. This partnership recently awarded seven grants to Dallas-Fort Worth area researchers for development of medical technologies in critical health care areas.

The grant provides the “seed money” to get the idea off the ground. Working with the consortium’s academic, industry and health care partners, researchers will develop pilot programs that will eventually compete for top-level federal research grants.

Initial research areas include cardiovascular, breast and prostate cancer, falls reduction, pressure ulcer prevention, obstructive sleep apnea and children’s cerebral palsy. Research team members come primarily from UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and Texas Health Resources. In most cases, clinical work will take place at Texas Health hospitals.

We look forward to working with these talented research teams on innovative projects. These pilot programs have the potential to improve healthcare quality and patient safety, not just for North Texas, but around the world.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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