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 health IT to telemedicine 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 is based in San Francisco. Follow him on Twitter @DanVerel.

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This hospital actually got physicians to embrace a mobile messaging app

This hospital actually got physicians to embrace a mobile messaging app

March 27, 2015 5:59 pm by | 0 Comments

There have been numerous efforts, or at least discussions, to get hospital physicians and staff to better communicate via text messages and away from widely used but somewhat antiquated pagers….


eClinicalWorks to integrate wearable data into EHR

eClinicalWorks to integrate wearable data into EHR

March 27, 2015 2:55 pm by | 1 Comments

In an effort to bring more useful data into its EHR, eClinicalWorks today said it will integrate data from wearables and fitness trackers from its wholly owned subsidiary healow. The…



Report: New patients under ACA not sicker or more complex

Report: New patients under ACA not sicker or more complex

March 26, 2015 3:03 pm by | 1 Comments

After the ACA passed more than five years ago, a number of critics and skeptics warned that physician offices would be flooded with new patients who were substantially sicker –…


OKCopay hopes to carve niche within pricing transparency for non-covered services

OKCopay hopes to carve niche within pricing transparency for non-covered services

March 25, 2015 7:29 pm by | 0 Comments

While dozens of companies and organizations are working to increase pricing transparency in healthcare, OKCopay has reemerged to address pricing in the often-opaque worlds of dental billing, cosmetic surgeries or…


SAP mobile EMR was exposed to hacks

SAP mobile EMR was exposed to hacks

March 25, 2015 4:59 pm by | 0 Comments

German software giant SAP recently fixed two potentially dangerous flaws in a mobile medical app that could have allowed malicious hackers to upload fake patient data, Computer World reports, a…


Baltimore startup takes cancer fight to the cloud and combines machine learning

Baltimore startup takes cancer fight to the cloud and combines machine learning

March 25, 2015 8:55 am by | 0 Comments

Proscia, a Baltimore-based startup, is looking to use machine learning and cloud-based technology to combat cancer, launching a new software platform aimed at pathologists that provides storage for multi-gigabyte digital…


Can telemedicine help kids with ADD?

Can telemedicine help kids with ADD?

March 24, 2015 4:19 pm by | 0 Comments

The uses of telemedicine seem to be growing by the day, with the latest application coming in the form of treating children with ADD or ADHD in under-served areas, according…



MedaCheck raises $1.1M for medication adherence platform

MedaCheck raises $1.1M for medication adherence platform

March 20, 2015 5:03 pm by | 1 Comments

MedaCheck, a Cincinnati-based startup that has developed an alert system for seniors and medication adherence, has raised $1.15 million in a Series A round. The funding was led by Queen…


Deep Panda at it again with Premera hack?

Deep Panda at it again with Premera hack?

March 19, 2015 8:44 pm by | 0 Comments

News of the hack that occurred at Premera Blue Cross in Seattle and which involved the medical records of some 11 million members spread quickly over the last two days,…


New York Times: No, wearables are not the new cigarettes

New York Times: No, wearables are not the new cigarettes

March 19, 2015 4:52 pm by | 1 Comments

After swift backlash to the ridiculously labeled article on the health concerns of wearable technology, the New York Times is at least addressing reader concerns in a column by Public Editor…


Epic and CommonWell Alliance beef — a primer

Epic and CommonWell Alliance beef — a primer

March 19, 2015 3:08 pm by | 2 Comments

There has been significant chatter in the EHR and health IT space about the recent spat between dominant vendor Epic and the CommonWell Health Alliance, which consists mainly of other…


Cellphones, watches, apps and cancer and cigarettes!

Cellphones, watches, apps and cancer and cigarettes!

March 18, 2015 5:39 pm by | 1 Comments

Are wearables and smartphone apps, and the doctors who espouse potential benefits when applied to healthcare, akin to the thankfully forgone days of doctor-recommended cigarettes? Is this an absurd question…


Report: The ACA has spurred massive innovation in healthcare

Report: The ACA has spurred massive innovation in healthcare

March 18, 2015 5:00 am by | 1 Comments

While the politics of Obamacare remain as a divisive as ever, the Affordable Care Act has helped usher an entire new health economy that has led to the creation of…


Premera Blue Cross breach included medical records of 11M patients

Premera Blue Cross breach included medical records of 11M patients

March 17, 2015 5:16 pm by | 0 Comments

Yet another healthcare entity has been hacked, this time Premera Blue Cross in Washington, which today said it was the target of a “sophisticated cyber attack” that may include medical…


CHIME calls for national patient ID with $1M challenge

CHIME calls for national patient ID with $1M challenge

March 17, 2015 4:25 pm by | 1 Comments

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, better known as CHIME, is launching a $1 million challenge effort to help spur the creation of a national patient ID, which it…