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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Mobile health startup Together Clinic raises $500K in seed round

Mobile health startup Together Clinic raises $500K in seed round

December 19, 2014 4:19 pm by | 0 Comments

Together Clinic, a Nebraska  startup that seeks to help physicians quickly view patient conditions with a new mobile app, has raised a seed round of $500,000 led by fellow physician investors,…


Survey: Wearables, cloud to ‘change the face’ of home care

Survey: Wearables, cloud to ‘change the face’ of home care

December 19, 2014 2:11 pm by | 0 Comments

Just about every corner of the healthcare world is undergoing rapid change, and the home health industry is no different. New policies from Medicare, coupled with emerging cloud-based technologies and…



Health IT startup Amplify Health raising $1.5M

Health IT startup Amplify Health raising $1.5M

December 19, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Rock Health-backed startup Amplify Health is in the midst of raising $1.5 million, according to a filing with the SEC. The San Francisco-based company, started by CEO Eric Page in…


Health information exchanges seek unified voice, more collaboration

Health information exchanges seek unified voice, more collaboration

December 18, 2014 5:04 pm by | 0 Comments

Representatives from some 20 health information exchanges across the country are collectively forming a national consortium, dubbed the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, that aims to influence policy and assist…


Survey: Consumers want to be engaged by providers with patient portals

Survey: Consumers want to be engaged by providers with patient portals

December 18, 2014 4:07 pm by | 0 Comments

Consumers show a strong preference to getting their medical records online, if given instruction on how to easily access them, according to a survey by Xerox and Harris Poll. Sixty-four…


Moda Health looks to ease members minds on medical data theft

Moda Health looks to ease members minds on medical data theft

December 18, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

In lieu of the proliferation of data breaches across all sectors, but particularly in healthcare,  a Portland-based health insurer is offering what it says is deeper protection against medical ID…


Kaiser launches teledermatology

Kaiser launches teledermatology

December 17, 2014 4:59 pm by | 0 Comments

Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii recently rolled out a teledermatology service, enabling dermatologists to remotely view patient images of skin ailments through the health system’s HealthConnect. Known as “Tele-derm,” the service…



Should patients be able to withhold sensitive information from their EHRs?

Should patients be able to withhold sensitive information from their EHRs?

December 17, 2014 4:42 pm by | 0 Comments

MedCity News has partnered with BioCrossroads to provide coverage focused on Indiana’s next generation of growth and innovation in life sciences. With the consumer-driven movement in healthcare gaining further momentum,…


Survey: Consumers and providers narrowing gap on healthcare outlooks

Survey: Consumers and providers narrowing gap on healthcare outlooks

December 17, 2014 2:56 pm by | 0 Comments

Consumers and providers have not always seen eye-to-eye on matters of healthcare, and while the gulf is narrowing, there are still gaps to overcome, according to a survey from consultancy…


Lucile Packard uses big data to tackle alarm fatigue

Lucile Packard uses big data to tackle alarm fatigue

December 17, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

Hospitals across the country continually deal with alarm fatigue, an issue borne out of well-meaning but ultimately misguided attempts to monitor patient safety, and the results of simply having too many…


Partners wants better understanding of what consumers want from digital health

Partners wants better understanding of what consumers want from digital health

December 16, 2014 1:29 pm by | 0 Comments

The Center for Connected Care, part of Boston-based Partners HealthCare, unveiled a research tool that is says will help a wide range of healthcare companies “better understand what consumers want…


Illinois hospital blackmailed over patient data

Illinois hospital blackmailed over patient data

December 16, 2014 12:34 pm by | 0 Comments

First it was data breaches, sometimes from cybercriminals and sometimes employee error, but now it’s blackmail. CIO, by way of IDG News Service, reports that Clay County Hospital in Illinois…


Irish health IT company Oneview sets big push into U.S. with $7M raise

Irish health IT company Oneview sets big push into U.S. with $7M raise

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

Oneview Healthcare, a Dublin, Ire.-based health IT software maker focused on patient engagement and clinical workflows, said it recently raised $7 million that will help it expand in the “critical…


How Marin General became a case study for stand-alone hospitals

How Marin General became a case study for stand-alone hospitals

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

As the consolidation trend continues with hospitals, success stories about stand-alone, publicly run facilities are seemingly few and far between, save for perhaps well-known academic medical centers. While there are…


American Telemedicine Association to roll out provider accreditation program

American Telemedicine Association to roll out provider accreditation program

December 15, 2014 12:38 pm by | 0 Comments

The American Telemedicine Association will soon roll out its online accreditation program for direct to consumer healthcare consultations. More details will become available next week, the association said in a…