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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Washington state to get $15M worth of wellness

Washington state to get $15M worth of wellness

September 19, 2014 7:06 pm by | 0 Comments

The state of Washington’s is stepping up wellness efforts for its more than 108,000 employees with the selection of Limeade to spearhead efforts to curb healthcare costs and create a…


Startup Omada Health nabs nearly $1M to expand diabetes prevention efforts

Startup Omada Health nabs nearly $1M to expand diabetes prevention efforts

September 19, 2014 3:46 pm by | 0 Comments

San Francisco startup Omada Health is partnering with the California HealthCare Foundation and The Kresge Foundation to extend its online program for pre-diabetics, called Prevent, to low income populations throughout…



Apple HealthKit rollout hits major hiccup, delayed for up to a month

Apple HealthKit rollout hits major hiccup, delayed for up to a month

September 17, 2014 6:04 pm by | 0 Comments

Apple’s hotly anticipated HealthKit reportedly experienced significant problems just ahead of its rollout today, leaving scores of developers and healthcare companies who plan on using the platform in a temporary lurch….


ChartSpan raises $1M to expand mobile patient medical records app

ChartSpan raises $1M to expand mobile patient medical records app

September 17, 2014 4:11 pm by | 0 Comments

ChartSpan Medical Technologies, a South Carolina-based mobile patient medical records developer, today announced it has raised more than $1 million in seed funding, led by investor Don Byrne. The funding represents the…


Anthem enlists 7 SoCal hospitals to launch new HMO

Anthem enlists 7 SoCal hospitals to launch new HMO

September 17, 2014 3:21 pm by | 1 Comments

Anthem Blue Cross has partnered with seven major hospital systems in Southern California to establish a new HMO, bringing together otherwise fierce competitors into an integrated health system that, by…


Privia hopes to help independent physician groups with $400M expansion

Privia hopes to help independent physician groups with $400M expansion

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

Privia Health, which seeks to help physician practices remain independent in lieu of massive consolidation occurring in healthcare, is significantly boosting those efforts with a $400 million national expansion. Backed by…


PreferredOne no longer prefers Minnesota’s state insurance exchange

PreferredOne no longer prefers Minnesota’s state insurance exchange

September 16, 2014 7:11 pm by | 0 Comments

PreferredOne, last year’s top-selling insurer in the Minnesota state insurance exchange, has dropped out of the exchange this year,  the Star-Tribune reports. The state’s exchange, MNsure, confirmed the news to the Star…



Providence Health launches $150M venture capital fund to spur innovation

Providence Health launches $150M venture capital fund to spur innovation

September 16, 2014 5:11 pm by | 0 Comments

Washington state’s Providence Health & Services today said it is launching a $150 million venture capital fund to help spur innovation across the healthcare system that lowers costs and leads…


Who knew? Study shows having price info helps people make better healthcare choices

Who knew? Study shows having price info helps people make better healthcare choices

September 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 3 Comments

With more healthcare costs being shifted onto the consumer, payers, providers and policymakers alike are particularly interested in consumer patterns, but so far little research exists beyond the notion that…


University of California plans $250M venture capital fund

University of California plans $250M venture capital fund

September 16, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

The University of California system said it has created UC Ventures, an independent  $250 million fund for investments in UC research-fueled enterprises, including several within healthcare. With its 10 campuses, five…


Startup iVinci raises $5M to make healthcare billing more consumer friendly

Startup iVinci raises $5M to make healthcare billing more consumer friendly

September 15, 2014 8:15 pm by | 1 Comments

With the push toward consumer-friendly efforts in healthcare, could billing be the next area of focus? If there’s one area that is decidedly not consumer-friendly, billing would likely top everyone’s list….


Get used to seeing more mergers and acquisitions in healthcare

Get used to seeing more mergers and acquisitions in healthcare

September 15, 2014 7:04 pm by | 0 Comments

The pace of mergers and acquisitions among healthcare giants continues, seemingly unabated, as more systems look for ways to better coordinate care. This time, it’s a merger between Advocate Health…


Medical equipment, pharma top most uncertain industries

Medical equipment, pharma top most uncertain industries

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

The only certainty in life is…uncertainty. That’s especially true these days in many corners of healthcare. Out of the top 10 industries facing uncertainty, medical equipment topped them all, with…


Can patient empowerment help address physician shortage?

Can patient empowerment help address physician shortage?

September 13, 2014 9:30 am by | 0 Comments

Even before the ACA became the law of the land, healthcare circles have been discussing ways to deal with the physician shortage, which is expected to accelerate with more patients…


Wow of the Week: Psilocybin may help smokers kick nicotine habit

Wow of the Week: Psilocybin may help smokers kick nicotine habit

September 13, 2014 6:00 am by | 2 Comments

Trying to shake that nasty smoking habit? Don’t trip. Or, maybe you should trip. Literally. But only under scientific supervision. Psilocybin, the active hallucinogenic in so-called magic mushrooms, could possibly…