Deanna Pogorelc

Deanna Pogorelc

MedCity News

Deanna Pogorelc is a Cleveland-based reporter who writes obsessively about life science startups across the country, looking to technology transfer offices, startup incubators and investment funds to see what’s next in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and previously covered business and education for a northeast Indiana newspaper.

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How Merck’s Jain is helping pharma catch up to the digital health movement

How Merck’s Jain is helping pharma catch up to the digital health movement

September 14, 2014 12:20 pm by | 2 Comments

Big Pharma has a reputation of being late to the digital health game. Slowly but surely, that’s changing. Pfizer is working with a game lab on a clinical trial of…


Crowdfunding, therapeutic video games and Will Ferrell have something in common

Crowdfunding, therapeutic video games and Will Ferrell have something in common

September 12, 2014 1:44 pm by | 0 Comments

Gaming in healthcare has a new supporter in funnyman Will Ferrell, who’s the face of a new crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a charity that provides video games to…



Why does change happen so slowly in healthcare? Just take a gander at this flowchart

Why does change happen so slowly in healthcare? Just take a gander at this flowchart

September 12, 2014 9:55 am by | 3 Comments

After reading the AP story “Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA’s language” yesterday, this graphic resurfaced on my Twitter feed and served as a reminder of one of the reasons…


Google’s latest digital health play is a $300 vibrating spoon for people with tremors

Google’s latest digital health play is a $300 vibrating spoon for people with tremors

September 11, 2014 7:53 pm by | 1 Comments

The latest addition to Google’s lineup of consumer health products is a small San Francisco design firm with a creative solution to make daily life a little easier for seniors…


Lumiata’s vision for ‘predictive-first healthcare’ draws new investors, $6M more to Series A

Lumiata’s vision for ‘predictive-first healthcare’ draws new investors, $6M more to Series A

September 11, 2014 10:16 am by | 0 Comments

A new group of investors is backing big data startup Lumiata‘s analytics platform that combines “the brilliance of physicians with the analytical power of big data” to make care more…


Epic hopes a lobbyist can help fight its closed-system image on the Hill

Epic hopes a lobbyist can help fight its closed-system image on the Hill

September 11, 2014 8:55 am by | 0 Comments

Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner tried to set the record straight last year when she told Forbes that criticisms about its EMR’s lack of interoperability were “totally wrong.” And other…


Mobile care plan platform Patient IO among apps to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit

Mobile care plan platform Patient IO among apps to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit

September 10, 2014 3:52 pm by | 0 Comments

Consumers might not be all that excited about Apple’s plans for healthcare, but developers are already hard at work figuring out how to integrate their products into the Apple health…



A no-snip, long-term male contraceptive is almost ready for human trials

A no-snip, long-term male contraceptive is almost ready for human trials

September 10, 2014 12:38 pm by | 0 Comments

It’s not quite as simple or noninvasive as swallowing a pill, but a new form of male birth control is on target to begin human clinical trials next year, according…


This is what a public health campaign looks like in Ebola-stricken West Africa

This is what a public health campaign looks like in Ebola-stricken West Africa

September 10, 2014 11:12 am by | 0 Comments

Images of health workers in full-body protective suits and frail, suffering civilians have become the faces of West Africa’s Ebola epidemic in the media. But today the Washington Post shows…


Let’s not forget the low-tech essentials (i.e. trust, listening) of healthcare delivery

Let’s not forget the low-tech essentials (i.e. trust, listening) of healthcare delivery

September 10, 2014 5:21 am by | 4 Comments

Dr. Leana Wen knows the healthcare system not only as a doctor, but also as a caregiver. The emergency medicine physician at George Washington University noticed a startling disconnect between…


Wearable enthusiasts & health-tracking haters react to #AppleWatch

Wearable enthusiasts & health-tracking haters react to #AppleWatch

September 9, 2014 6:12 pm by | 2 Comments

The product formerly but unofficially known as iWatch now has a name: Apple Watch. The wearable device unveiled at Apple’s event today puts a heavy focus on fitness tracking features,…


Cancer drugs & a pocket-sized osteoporosis test: The best of life science innovation in Sweden

Cancer drugs & a pocket-sized osteoporosis test: The best of life science innovation in Sweden

September 9, 2014 2:52 pm by | 0 Comments

Sweden may not be known for its vibrant medical sector, but healthcare innovation is definitely happening there. As the region’s largest life science partnering conference comes to a close this…


A glimpse at what prehospital emergency care might look like with Google Glass (video)

A glimpse at what prehospital emergency care might look like with Google Glass (video)

September 9, 2014 10:13 am by | 1 Comments

A team of paramedics rushes to the aid of a young man experiencing severe arrhythmia, while a cardiologist watches and advises from a computer in his office at a nearby…


Predictive analytics, health coaches & apps: One health insurer’s strategy for patient engagement

Predictive analytics, health coaches & apps: One health insurer’s strategy for patient engagement

September 9, 2014 5:53 am by | 1 Comments

The point of care is just one place where innovation is happening in healthcare. Behind the scenes, new technologies are being used to improve communication between caregivers, to make administrative…


HHS doles out $60M for health exchange navigators to ‘build on lessons learned last year’

HHS doles out $60M for health exchange navigators to ‘build on lessons learned last year’

September 8, 2014 7:10 pm by | 0 Comments

HHS secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell (who just joined Twitter, by the way) announced $60 million in grants today for “navigator” organizations in states using the federal health exchange, or running…