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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Survey: Hand hygiene at hospitals trending toward electronic monitoring

Survey: Hand hygiene at hospitals trending toward electronic monitoring

October 20, 2014 7:46 pm by | 0 Comments

Hospitals still largely rely on manual methods to track hand hygiene despite the prevalence of available electronic technologies to monitor cleanliness, a new DebMed survey found, but a growing number of…


Startup Decisive Health claims decisive victory in Livestrong’s Big C competition

Startup Decisive Health claims decisive victory in Livestrong’s Big C competition

October 20, 2014 5:43 pm by | 0 Comments

San Francisco startup Decisive Health grabbed top honors from the Livestrong Foundation‘s inaugural Big C competition, taking it with $25,000 for its Treatment Explorer development tool for cancer patients. According…



Is Google Glass headed for extinction?

Is Google Glass headed for extinction?

October 20, 2014 4:02 pm by | 0 Comments

Is Google Glass quickly falling into the waste bin of  seemingly great but ultimately futile ideas? That’s the view from PC Magazine UK, which likens Glass, and it’s seeming drift…


Can Cohealo bring the sharing economy to hospitals?

Can Cohealo bring the sharing economy to hospitals?

October 20, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

After raising $9 million in a series A round, Boston-based digital health startup Cohealo is poised to take its shared economy model for medical equipment to a broader stage, targeting…


A periodic table for healthcare

A periodic table for healthcare

October 17, 2014 5:54 pm by | 0 Comments

Road maps for patient engagement, nifty life sciences maps. And now, periodic tables. After putting out “The Periodic Table of Tech,” venture capital database CB Insights said it received numerous…


Dallas hospital’s rush to blame EHR reflects greater discord, anxieties and provider frustrations

Dallas hospital’s rush to blame EHR reflects greater discord, anxieties and provider frustrations

October 17, 2014 4:33 pm by | 0 Comments

For the past several years, scores of physicians and health systems have bemoaned the mandate of EHRs, taking issue not necessarily with the concept of EHRs as a whole but…


Mass General, MIT form alliance to address three ‘major challenges’ in healthcare

Mass General, MIT form alliance to address three ‘major challenges’ in healthcare

October 17, 2014 11:00 am by | 0 Comments

Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT have formed a $3 million strategic alliance in an attempt to address three “major challenges” that persist in healthcare: improving diagnoses, developing new approaches to…



Venture capital in health IT drops to $956M in Q3, but global investment increasing

Venture capital in health IT drops to $956M in Q3, but global investment increasing

October 17, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Venture funding in the digital health and health IT sectors dropped by 46 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter, going from a massive $1.8…


CMS launches new investment model for ACOs

CMS launches new investment model for ACOs

October 16, 2014 6:27 pm by | 0 Comments

CMS today unveiled a new, $114 million investment initiative for Shared Savings ACOs, prompted by efforts to improve coordination and health IT efforts. Specifically, the new ACO initiative is geared…


Henry Ford Health, Walgreens team up on mHealth challenge

Henry Ford Health, Walgreens team up on mHealth challenge

October 16, 2014 4:53 pm by | 1 Comments

Henry Ford Health System Innovations is partnering with Walgreens on a challenge that is looking for new mobile apps that spur healthy behavior and improve disease management. The partnership represents…


North Shore LIJ goes to cloud to manage workforce

North Shore LIJ goes to cloud to manage workforce

October 16, 2014 4:18 pm by | 0 Comments

A major New York health system has taken to technology to better manage it’s 50,000 employees, shifting away from a paper-based time and attendance system to Kronos software. Health Informatics…


Robert Wood Johnson looks past healthcare in big data effort

Robert Wood Johnson looks past healthcare in big data effort

October 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is launching what it calls Data for Health, a project that will explore how big data from a variety of sources well beyond healthcare can…


Medizone prototypes field hospital for Ebola threat

Medizone prototypes field hospital for Ebola threat

October 15, 2014 7:48 pm by | 2 Comments

Medizone International shared further details of its 40-bed prototype field hospital that could help combat the Ebola virus in the most affected West African countries by applying its AsepticSure device…


JFK Health saves $5M in health spending with SeeChange analytics

JFK Health saves $5M in health spending with SeeChange analytics

October 15, 2014 2:53 pm by | 1 Comments

Using SeeChange Health‘s wellness anaylitics platform over the past five years, JFK Health said it has saved $5 million while cutting both hospital admission and readmission rates significantly among its…


Mobile health, medical technology race to assist in combating Ebola

Mobile health, medical technology race to assist in combating Ebola

October 15, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

While the medical world races to treat Ebola, with vaccines and treatments being developed as quickly as possible, mobile technology and digital health could likewise go a long way in…