Dan Verel

Dan Verel

MedCity News

Dan Verel writes about how hospitals and health insurance companies are leveraging cutting-edge technologies to transform the industry -- from telemedicine to analytics to healthcare social media. Previously, he was a reporter at the North Bay Business Journal, where he covered healthcare, insurance, HR and employment, law and hospitality and tourism. His byline’s also appeared in the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He attended San Francisco State University and obtained a BA in journalism. He is based in San Francisco.

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Digital health funding hits $3 billion

Digital health funding hits $3 billion

October 1, 2014 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

The cash keeps flowing in digital health. Venture funding invested into the digital health realm has surpassed $3 billion through the first three quarters of 2014, up from $2 billion…


To run an ACO, provider organizations needs to cope well with stress

To run an ACO, provider organizations needs to cope well with stress

October 1, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Healthcare organizations that are adept at handling stressful situations can often be the most successful ACOs because of the initial risk and new environment, which can quickly sink other organizations…



Report: Health insurance industry will be ‘flipped on its head.’

Report: Health insurance industry will be ‘flipped on its head.’

October 1, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

The world of health insurance is about to be turned on its head. Even with the well-known shifts brought on by the ACA, the fundamental business model for health insurers…


Dr. Joseph Smith: ‘Patients no longer waiting’ for engagement

Dr. Joseph Smith: ‘Patients no longer waiting’ for engagement

September 30, 2014 1:17 pm by | 8 Comments

It used to be that patients would wait for the physician or the health system to engage them, but increasingly the patient is charting their own course, having grown tired…


MedCity ENGAGE begins with red carpets, independent films and healthcare’s hard realties

MedCity ENGAGE begins with red carpets, independent films and healthcare’s hard realties

September 30, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Click to expand the slideshow to full screen and click ‘Show Info’ at the top of the box to see the names of people shown in slideshow. The issues facing…


Report: Fee for service still dominant method of healthcare payments

Report: Fee for service still dominant method of healthcare payments

September 30, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Commercial health plans have “dramatically shifted” in how they pay hospitals and physicians, with 40 percent of all payments reflecting value over volume, but 60 percent of payments remain tied…


House bill would promote telehealth for ACOs

House bill would promote telehealth for ACOs

September 29, 2014 11:02 am by | 2 Comments

A bill moving its ways through Congress would promote expanded use of telehealth offerings among ACOs, an issue hindered by current fee-for-service payment model, according to the bill’s sponsors. The…



Wow of the Week: 3D printing closer to the heart

Wow of the Week: 3D printing closer to the heart

September 27, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

We’ve all heard that 3D printing is getting increasingly sophisticated, from printing components for buildings and cars and whatnot. And 3D printing in healthcare is no different. The latest example…


Startup Cohealo nets $3.1M to help hospitals better manage medical equipment

Startup Cohealo nets $3.1M to help hospitals better manage medical equipment

September 26, 2014 6:10 pm by | 0 Comments

Cohealo, a Boston-based startup focused on helping hospitals better manage costly medical equipment by applying analytics, has raised $3.1 million, according to a filing with the SEC. The company, founded in 2011 and…


California goes past HIPAA

California goes past HIPAA

September 26, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

California recently enacted legislation that goes even beyond HIPAA for patient privacy, particularly as privacy relates to the bevy of new healthcare products hitting the market through mobile apps and…


Emmi Solutions: ‘People are the most underutilized resource’ in healthcare

Emmi Solutions: ‘People are the most underutilized resource’ in healthcare

September 25, 2014 6:51 pm by | 0 Comments

Emmi Solutions, a Chicago-based healthcare communications company that was founded in 2002, is looking to tap into what much of the healthcare industry as a whole has overlooked in improving…


Apollo ACO generates nearly $11M in savings

Apollo ACO generates nearly $11M in savings

September 25, 2014 5:12 pm by | 0 Comments

Apollo Medical Holdings, which operates a Southern California physician-led ACO, says it has generated nearly $11 million in savings, of which about half will go back to Apollo. Apollo is…


Nine California HIEs sign accord that strives for interoperability

Nine California HIEs sign accord that strives for interoperability

September 24, 2014 4:30 pm by | 0 Comments

A significant share of the dozens of health information exchanges in California – nine in total — recently signed off on an agreement that sets the framework for data sharing…


MediSafe grabs top honors at Health 2.0 for mobile medication adherence tool

MediSafe grabs top honors at Health 2.0 for mobile medication adherence tool

September 24, 2014 2:38 pm by | 0 Comments

Israeli startup MediSafe took top honors at this year’s Health 2.0 Startup Champions, impressing Silicon Valley with its mobile-based platform and reminder system to address medication adherence, the $290 billion…


Surprise: Insurance carriers in exchanges see spike in individual plans

Surprise: Insurance carriers in exchanges see spike in individual plans

September 24, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Individual health plan enrollment jumped by more than 26 percent and nearly 25 percent, respectively, in the first and second quarters of this year, the result of the federally mandated…