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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Fast-growing telehealth kiosk maker HealthSpot raising $6M

Fast-growing telehealth kiosk maker HealthSpot raising $6M

November 26, 2014 6:55 pm by | 0 Comments

HealthSpot, which recently announced a big collaboration with Xerox and a pilot with Rite Aid pharmacies in Ohio to use its telehealth kiosks, is looking to raise $6 million, according…


Vital Connect launches heart monitoring patch with LifeWatch

Vital Connect launches heart monitoring patch with LifeWatch

November 26, 2014 2:47 pm by | 0 Comments

Vital Connect, a Silicon Valley startup founded in 2011, and cardiac monitoring device developer LifeWatch have partnered to launch Vital Connect’s Healthpatch MD for patients with arrhythmia and other heart…



Mobile patient engagement startup Gamgee raises $4M

Mobile patient engagement startup Gamgee raises $4M

November 26, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Silicon Valley startup Gamgee, a mobile health developer that seeks to improve patient engagement with voice-enabled technology, raised $4 million, according to a filing with the SEC. The San Mateo-based…


Health IT jobs remain in high demand

Health IT jobs remain in high demand

November 25, 2014 7:29 pm by | 0 Comments

The number of jobs within the health IT space is growing, according to a report from HealtheCareers Network. Although the number of jobs posted in the third quarter declined by…


Humana, PearlDriver partner on big data effort

Humana, PearlDriver partner on big data effort

November 25, 2014 5:53 pm by | 0 Comments

PearlDiver Technologies and health insurance giant  Humana Inc. have formed a strategic alliance as part of an attempt to make  the healthcare research field faster and more affordable through sharing the…


Obama’s executive order on immigration could be a boost  for Covered California

Obama’s executive order on immigration could be a boost for Covered California

November 25, 2014 4:18 pm by | 0 Comments

Immigration rights’ activists largely cheered President Obama’s recent executive order that would permit certain people already in the U.S. to stay in the country, but  in California, it may  also be…


AiCure tackling medication adherence with artificial intelligence

AiCure tackling medication adherence with artificial intelligence

November 25, 2014 6:00 am by | 3 Comments

With medication adherence becoming a focal point across the industry, myriad approaches have arisen to counter the $300 billion challenge, from the relatively simple like text messaging and direct mailers…



Retail clinics are in, traditional primary care practices are out

Retail clinics are in, traditional primary care practices are out

November 24, 2014 1:48 pm by | 0 Comments

The so-called “retailization” of healthcare is picking up significant steam, especially after the high-profile announcement from Kaiser Permanente and Target Corp last week, wherein Kaiser will staff four Southern California…


CVS Health opens Digital Innovation Lab in Boston

CVS Health opens Digital Innovation Lab in Boston

November 20, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

In perhaps yet another sign of the expanding role of retail healthcare, CVS Health said it is opening a new Digital Innovation Lab in Boston that will serve as a…


Hospital hires Lisa the killer robot to fight hospital-acquired infections

Hospital hires Lisa the killer robot to fight hospital-acquired infections

November 19, 2014 4:49 pm by | 0 Comments

A small district hospital in Northern California’s wine country is taking a big step to combat hospital-acquired infections and other bacteria. Sonoma Valley Hospital, overseen by the Sonoma Valley Healthcare…


What if there’s really no physician shortage?

What if there’s really no physician shortage?

November 19, 2014 3:34 pm by | 0 Comments

The supposed impending shortage of physicians has been well-documented over the past few years, and health systems have taken to amassing as many providers – particularly primary care – as…


Practice Fusion adds two new provider organizations to growing cloud-based EHR platform

Practice Fusion adds two new provider organizations to growing cloud-based EHR platform

November 19, 2014 8:30 am by | 0 Comments

Practice Fusion is adding two new provider organizations to its roster that will adopt the its cloud-based EHR platform to support new accountable care initiatives. In Michigan, Oakland Physician Network…


Report: Provider attitudes on digital health, big data more closely aligning with consumers

Report: Provider attitudes on digital health, big data more closely aligning with consumers

November 19, 2014 6:00 am by | 3 Comments

While  big data has been a big buzzword in tech circles for some time, healthcare providers have been slower to embrace the promise. But the attitude is changing quickly among…


PokitDok adds more than 150 insurance ‘partner connections’ to speed data exchange

PokitDok adds more than 150 insurance ‘partner connections’ to speed data exchange

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

PokitDok today said that 152 insurers were added as “trading partner connections,” with the goal of automating back-end communications between payers and providers, thereby reducing costs on overhead and making…


Tech companies combine mobile health + artificial intelligence to track senior citizens

Tech companies combine mobile health + artificial intelligence to track senior citizens

November 19, 2014 5:00 am by | 0 Comments

Mobile developer GreatCall , which makes both smartphones and applications, and artificial intelligence company Automated Insights said they are partnering on a health app that helps caregivers stay informed on the well-being…