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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CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

CMS Medicare data dump shows why transparency is only half the battle

April 10, 2014 10:12 am by | 0 Comments

As transparency advocates are applauding CMS’s data dump, many doctors, it seems, are yielding lots of questioning phone calls. That could be both good and bad.


Friend or foe? Healthcare’s new entrants stand to capture $64B worth of the market, PwC says

Friend or foe? Healthcare’s new entrants stand to capture $64B worth of the market, PwC says

April 10, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

Samsung. Apple. Google. AT&T. A wave of consumer-oriented companies are moving fast to capitalize on opportunities in the new, consumer-driven healthcare market. And if legacy companies and providers can’t keep…



UW spinout is hoping a drug could stave off hearing loss caused by antibiotics

UW spinout is hoping a drug could stave off hearing loss caused by antibiotics

April 9, 2014 4:05 pm by | 0 Comments

University of Washington spinout Oricula Therapeutics said today it’s secured funding and intellectual property that will allow it to move forward with developing a way to prevent hearing loss associated…


Spero Therapeutics catches Roche’s eye with a new way to target drug-resistant bacterial infections

Spero Therapeutics catches Roche’s eye with a new way to target drug-resistant bacterial infections

April 9, 2014 11:42 am by | 0 Comments

Overcoming challenges posed by the growing number of infections that are resistant to traditional antibiotics is the goal of a startup surfacing today with a $3 million Series A and…


Opportunities in mhealth: Docs use apps to make them more efficient, want mobile EHR access

Opportunities in mhealth: Docs use apps to make them more efficient, want mobile EHR access

April 9, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Contrary to what some might believe, doctors don’t necessarily resist new technology – if it will make them more efficient. At least two-thirds of physicians in a new survey by…


The cure for our healthcare crisis: Substitute grandparents

The cure for our healthcare crisis: Substitute grandparents

April 8, 2014 1:32 pm by | 0 Comments

A colleague’s comment some 15 years ago sparked Dr. Tim Garson’s grand idea for a way to expand access to affordable healthcare while lowering costs to the system. “He came up to me and said, you know, 50 percent of my patients could be taken care of by a good grandmother,” recalled Garson, now the director of the Center for Health Policy at University of Virginia.


To spark cancer discoveries, several Big Pharma companies are sharing idle clinical trial data

To spark cancer discoveries, several Big Pharma companies are sharing idle clinical trial data

April 8, 2014 7:00 am by | 1 Comments

Big Pharma spends billions of dollars each year researching, developing and testing new treatments for cancer. In the meantime, it’s also collecting millions of data points that figuratively sit on…



IT startup Bjond secures $3.25M to ‘supercharge’ legacy care management systems

IT startup Bjond secures $3.25M to ‘supercharge’ legacy care management systems

April 7, 2014 12:14 pm by | 0 Comments

Startup Bjond Inc. is in the business of developing care management software for providers and payors. But the company isn’t necessarily looking to replace legacy care management systems that don’t…


A who’s who of healthcare seeds mobile care plan startup Wellframe with $1.5M

A who’s who of healthcare seeds mobile care plan startup Wellframe with $1.5M

April 7, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush and Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson are just two of the investors seeding a startup that turns a doctor’s orders into easy-to-digest, personalized care plans….


A ‘wearable’ for wheelchairs to prevent pressure ulcers

A ‘wearable’ for wheelchairs to prevent pressure ulcers

April 5, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

On the wrist, on the head, in a shoe – self-monitoring sensors are literally everywhere. Now a team from the University of Toronto is putting them in a place you…


Humana’s latest digital health pilot will test remote patient monitoring for Type 2 diabetes

Humana’s latest digital health pilot will test remote patient monitoring for Type 2 diabetes

April 4, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

Over the last nine months, Humana (NYSE:HUM) has undertaken a series of pilot projects aimed at testing the potential of remote patient monitoring in reducing hospital re-admissions, improving health outcomes…


Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

April 3, 2014 3:03 pm by | 0 Comments

In collaboration with a mobile health startup, a design firm and local health clinics, Medtronic is orchestrating a program aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of ear infections and hearing…


Convergence & unconventionality: One venture firm’s philosophy on early-stage innovation

Convergence & unconventionality: One venture firm’s philosophy on early-stage innovation

April 3, 2014 5:54 am by | 1 Comments

Daphne Zohar, the founder of PureTech Ventures, isn’t afraid to take big technical risks when it comes to funding new innovations. Nor is she necessarily put off by technologies that…


Mobile EKG startup walks away from Google for Entrepreneurs demo day with $100K

Mobile EKG startup walks away from Google for Entrepreneurs demo day with $100K

April 2, 2014 8:05 pm by | 0 Comments

InvisionHeart is working on a hardware/software product to make EKG readings shareable between care teams in real-time on a mobile device. It was one of nine startups that participated in Google for Entrepreneurs first demo day Wednesday.


The crowd pitches in $243K (and counting) for clinical trials of a stem cell therapy for MS

The crowd pitches in $243K (and counting) for clinical trials of a stem cell therapy for MS

April 2, 2014 12:27 pm by | 1 Comments

While donation-based crowdfunding has taken some industries, like consumer technology, by storm, it’s been dismissed by some as a source of early-stage life science funding because of the sky-high price…