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Dan Verel

Dan Verel

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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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UW Medicine’s virtual health provider underscores differing approaches to telemedicine

UW Medicine’s virtual health provider underscores differing approaches to telemedicine

February 27, 2015 5:06 pm by | 0 Comments

In yet another development for telemedicine, the University of Washington‘s heath system has launched a virtual clinic that will be operated by Seattle-based Carena, according to a report in Xconomy….


Mobile patient record app developer ChartSpan raises $1.7M

Mobile patient record app developer ChartSpan raises $1.7M

February 27, 2015 2:24 pm by | 0 Comments

South Carolina mobile health startup ChartSpan Medical Technologies today said it has raised $1.7 million, bringing the total amount of capital raised to $3 million. The startup has developed a…



These five health systems are making the best use of telemedicine

These five health systems are making the best use of telemedicine

February 27, 2015 12:30 pm by | 2 Comments

There’s been a flurry of news related to telemedicine this week, with several notable developments in Mississippi and Silicon Valley. One of the more interesting aspects of telemedicine is that…


Lessons in telemedicine from South Dakota

Lessons in telemedicine from South Dakota

February 26, 2015 5:44 pm by | 0 Comments

Telemedicine is increasingly becoming a mainstream offering, but long before it was a buzzword in tech circles, South Dakota-based Avera Health was applying the practice to major health episodes across…


Will this partnership of startups help telehealth seekers know what their insurance will cover?

Will this partnership of startups help telehealth seekers know what their insurance will cover?

February 25, 2015 8:44 pm by | 0 Comments

Silicon Valley startups PokitDok and Doctor on Demand announced a strategic alliance that they said will help users of Doctor on Demand’s telemedicine services more quickly determine what’s covered, thereby…


Mississippi continues to carve telehealth leadership role

Mississippi continues to carve telehealth leadership role

February 25, 2015 6:28 pm by | 0 Comments

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has unveiled an ambitious telehealth effort that could go a long way in combating some of the most formidable challenges in rural healthcare with…


Will healthcare regret its mixed messages on net neutrality?

Will healthcare regret its mixed messages on net neutrality?

February 23, 2015 2:45 pm by | 1 Comments

The FCC is set to take up a vote on the hot-button issue of net neutrality this week, with much of the focus coming from tech and telecommunications companies. But…



PipelineRX to further expand telepharmacy at rural hospitals

PipelineRX to further expand telepharmacy at rural hospitals

February 20, 2015 3:10 pm by | 0 Comments

Telepharmacy developer PipelineRX received another investment from the California Healthcare Foundation that will help it expand its services to more rural hospitals through a partnership with the California Hospital Association….


Cox, Cleveland Clinic team up on telehealth efforts

Cox, Cleveland Clinic team up on telehealth efforts

February 19, 2015 10:04 pm by | 0 Comments

The Cleveland Clinic and Cox Communications, the nation’s third-largest cable and broadband provider, have jointly formed a venture that aims to bring in-home telehealth services to possibly millions of consumers….


When is it OK for doctors to google patients?

When is it OK for doctors to google patients?

February 19, 2015 5:42 pm by | 2 Comments

As physicians are increasingly asked to embrace patient engagement strategies that could spur more healthful behaviors and better coordination between visits, an interesting, but controversial “blind spot” has emerged: should…


Study: Twitter can boost health research

Study: Twitter can boost health research

February 18, 2015 9:00 pm by | 4 Comments

While healthcare practitioners ponder the best way to incorporate social media into their lives or practices, Twitter may be a useful tool in gauging both feedback from consumers and for…


White House names DJ Patil as first U.S. chief data scientist

White House names DJ Patil as first U.S. chief data scientist

February 18, 2015 7:17 pm by | 1 Comments

The White House today announced the appointment of Silicon Valley veteran DJ Patil to the position of chief data scientist and deputy chief technology officer for data policy, a new…


Epic to open its EHR system to customers for app development

Epic to open its EHR system to customers for app development

February 18, 2015 5:50 pm by | 0 Comments

Epic Systems is in the midst of launching an app store that will allow third-party companies to develop products in tandem with its EHR system, which is the most commonly…


Salesforce survey: Millennials want telehealth and mobile apps

Salesforce survey: Millennials want telehealth and mobile apps

February 18, 2015 2:31 pm by | 1 Comments

Just ahead of the closing enrollment period for Obamacare, tech behemoth Salesforce released a report titled “The State of the Connected Patient 2015,” detailing the potentially huge shift in how patients…


Providers still lagging in patient engagement

Providers still lagging in patient engagement

February 17, 2015 7:26 pm by | 4 Comments

Healthcare organizations and providers are still largely confused, or at least slow, when it comes to effective patient portals and other technologies that may help spur better patient engagement, according…