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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Verizon says HIPAA-compliant communications can improve patient engagement

Verizon says HIPAA-compliant communications can improve patient engagement

October 24, 2014 5:01 pm by | 0 Comments

Verizon said it’s Virtual Contact Center and IP-based Interactive Voice Response have achieved HIPAA compliance, putting the telecommunications company firmly in the healthcare space with the goal of improving patient…


Castlight, Doctor on Demand team up to combine price transparency and telemedicine

Castlight, Doctor on Demand team up to combine price transparency and telemedicine

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

Castlight Health has teamed up with San Francisco-based startup Doctor on Demand, in a partnership that blends two of healthcare’s biggest trends – pricing transparency and telemedicine. Castlight will now…



Cambia Health launching Seattle accelerator

Cambia Health launching Seattle accelerator

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

Yet another major American city is looking to capitalize on healthcare innovation and the rapid changes across the industry, this time in Seattle, where Cambia Health Solutions and a host…


CMS launches $840M effort to spur medical practice ‘transformation’

CMS launches $840M effort to spur medical practice ‘transformation’

October 23, 2014 6:00 pm by | 0 Comments

The CMS Innovation Center today rolled out a four-year, $840 million initiative that will support 150,000 providers in sharing best practices while cutting down on wasteful spending. The effort, called…


HIMSS releases adoption progress on EHRs

HIMSS releases adoption progress on EHRs

October 23, 2014 3:10 pm by | 0 Comments

Some positive news on the EHR front. HIMSS Analytics today released an update on EHR adoption levels, with stage 7 hospitals demonstrating “superior implementation and utilization of health IT systems.”…


Cleaning device for central lines among 3 finalists in Boston Children’s ‘Innovation Tank’

Cleaning device for central lines among 3 finalists in Boston Children’s ‘Innovation Tank’

October 23, 2014 2:33 pm by | 0 Comments

Boston Children’s Hospital has selected three top finalists for its first “Innovation Tank,” which will doll out $30,000 to the winner. The winner will be named on Oct. 31 at…


Cloud-based EHR developer Practice Fusion establishes long-term credit facility

Cloud-based EHR developer Practice Fusion establishes long-term credit facility

October 23, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

Practice Fusion, a cloud-based EHR and patient medical record company, now has a warrant for $2.5 million from a long-term credit facility, according to a filing with the SEC. The San…



Are EHRs dooming a key public health system in California?

Are EHRs dooming a key public health system in California?

October 22, 2014 6:54 pm by | 4 Comments

The rate of dissatisfaction among providers with EHRs has grown increasingly more vociferous, particularly in lieu of the debacle in Dallas and with numerous studies underscoring the theme. But,  according…


JAMA study: Castlight price transparency tool reduced healthcare costs for employers

JAMA study: Castlight price transparency tool reduced healthcare costs for employers

October 22, 2014 5:24 pm by | 1 Comments

Consumers and patients who used Castlight Health’s online pricing platform saw a significant decrease in certain aspects of their healthcare spending, including a 14 percent drop in costs for laboratory…


IBM, AirStrip team up with University of Michigan on mobile analytics tool

IBM, AirStrip team up with University of Michigan on mobile analytics tool

October 22, 2014 9:00 am by | 0 Comments

Texas mobile analytics developer AirStrip and tech giant IBM said they will co-develop a monitoring system that attempts to predict declining health among acute and critically ill patients in real…


PokitDok adds heft to price transparency tools with national index, payment scheduler

PokitDok adds heft to price transparency tools with national index, payment scheduler

October 22, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Silicon Valley startup PokitDok today unveiled a host of new tools aimed at furthering healthcare price transparency, including a national price index, along with software that lets users both schedule…


Telcare nabs $32M for mobile glucose monitoring

Telcare nabs $32M for mobile glucose monitoring

October 21, 2014 5:33 pm by | 0 Comments

Telcare, which has developed mobile applications to monitor blood glucose levels for diabetics, has raised $32.5 million in a Series C round. The Bethesda-based digital health company, which also developed…


3 healthcare startups stand out in a sea of techies at Startup Battlefield in London

3 healthcare startups stand out in a sea of techies at Startup Battlefield in London

October 21, 2014 3:38 pm by | 0 Comments

Among the 14 finalists at TechCrunch’s Disrupt London, three are focused on international challenges in healthcare. Along with the other startups, they are competing for $50,000 and the winner of…


Report: Promise of wearable health devices hinges on turning data into insight

Report: Promise of wearable health devices hinges on turning data into insight

October 21, 2014 6:00 am by | 3 Comments

The rate of adoption for wearable health devices will likely increase, but only if companies actively engage consumers, turn data into insight and focus on actually improving consumer health, according…


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…