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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McKesson seeks to help payers and providers with early detection on autism disorders

McKesson seeks to help payers and providers with early detection on autism disorders

January 29, 2015 6:14 pm by | 0 Comments

As part of an effort to improve detection of autism spectrum disorders, McKesson Health Solutions recently launched new cloud-based behavioral analysis criteria that it says can help providers and health…


Cigna joins Duke’s ACO

Cigna joins Duke’s ACO

January 29, 2015 2:42 pm by | 0 Comments

Cigna and Duke Connected Care have teamed up to form an ACO-like relationship that aims to improve population health of some 10,000 individuals in North Carolina covered by Cigna. The…



NIH opens data to better understand Down Syndrome

NIH opens data to better understand Down Syndrome

January 28, 2015 12:33 pm by | 0 Comments

Using de-identified patient data from its Down Syndrome Registry, the National Institutes on Health has launched a subsite of its DS-Connect, creating a web portal for approved professionals that are…


What regions pay the most for doctors? It might surprise you

What regions pay the most for doctors? It might surprise you

January 27, 2015 4:16 pm by | 0 Comments

Med students probably dream of working in that snazzy, prestigious academic medical center in Boston or San Francisco, but it turns out that physicians in more rural areas like Montana…


Xenex raises $25M to fight hospital-acquired infections

Xenex raises $25M to fight hospital-acquired infections

January 27, 2015 2:18 pm by | 0 Comments

Xenex Disinfection Services just raised $25 million in financing to help it address the persistent issue of hospital-acquired infections, which costs the healthcare system some $30 billion a year. The…


HHS launches ambitious payment reform for Medicare

HHS launches ambitious payment reform for Medicare

January 26, 2015 5:33 pm by | 0 Comments

As much as 30 percent of Medicare payments could come in the form of value over volume through the likes of ACOs, bundled payments and other quality-metric payments by 2016…


Iora Health raises $28M

Iora Health raises $28M

January 26, 2015 1:38 pm by | 0 Comments

Iora Health, an East Coast equivalent of One Medical of sorts, has raised $28 million in a Series C round that will help the Massachusetts-based company double in size over…



Xerox delves into machine learning for hospitals

Xerox delves into machine learning for hospitals

January 23, 2015 6:15 pm by | 1 Comments

We’ve all heard the promise of big data in healthcare and hospitals, but it’s increasingly tilting further into the more complex but potentially essential notion of machine learning. As part…


Survey: Confusion over health plans prevents people from seeing the doctor

Survey: Confusion over health plans prevents people from seeing the doctor

January 22, 2015 8:15 pm by | 1 Comments

The fear of healthcare costs prevents one in five insured — yes, insured — Americans from visiting the doctor, while another two in five don’t have a sound understanding of…


ASCO launches big data effort to study cancer

ASCO launches big data effort to study cancer

January 22, 2015 5:35 pm by | 0 Comments

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is teaming up with SAP on an big data initiative that will use EHRs to examine previously inaccessible information that may lead to early…


Study: Tweets can indicate risk of heart disease

Study: Tweets can indicate risk of heart disease

January 22, 2015 3:55 pm by | 0 Comments

The use of social media in healthcare is evolving, with providers still largely trying to figure out how it can be applied to healthcare settings and patients. But it turns…


Boston startups tackle depression and chronic disease

Boston startups tackle depression and chronic disease

January 21, 2015 5:41 pm by | 0 Comments

Two Boston area startups are partnering on an effort to establish better post-hospitalization transition for patients with depression and other chronic diseases, or both. iGetBetter, which focuses on post-acute care…


Study: Anti-vaxxers tend to cluster in similar geographic regions

Study: Anti-vaxxers tend to cluster in similar geographic regions

January 21, 2015 3:51 pm by | 1 Comments

With vaccination rates for children curiously dropping in certain regions – some of it spurred by the anti-vaxxer camp – Kaiser Permanente sought to gain a clearer understanding of why, using…


Mayo picks Epic for new EHR system

Mayo picks Epic for new EHR system

January 20, 2015 7:43 pm by | 1 Comments

The Mayo Clinic has selected Epic as its vendor of a single, integrated electronic health record and revenue cycle management system, displacing both Cerner and GE Healthcare as the current…


Hospital robots, 3D printing and middleware, oh my! What technologies will hospitals look to this year?

Hospital robots, 3D printing and middleware, oh my! What technologies will hospitals look to this year?

January 20, 2015 6:47 pm by | 0 Comments

As hospitals look to integrate the most advanced technology that will help them reduce readmission rates and improve outcomes, there is a lot to consider. Buzzwords abound, like big data…