Veronica Combs

Veronica Combs

I am the editor in chief at MedCityNews.com. I started writing and editing in the print world and joined a dotcom right before the 2000 crash. I was at TechRepublic/CNET/BNET for 7 years. Health was more interesting to me than the latest version of Windows, so I left for a startup tracking prescription drug news. A year later, MedTrackAlert was acquired by HealthCentral, so I shifted to audience research. The fun of daily news and interviewing smart people brought me to MedCity News in February 2012.

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Bernard Health will help you shop for health insurance on Black Friday

Bernard Health will help you shop for health insurance on Black Friday

November 28, 2014 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

A few lucky shoppers in Tennessee, Texas, Indiana and Ohio could pick up the best deals in health insurance today, instead of fighting the mobs for big screen TVs and…


I am thankful for 3 entrepreneurs working on the hardest problem in healthcare –  dying

I am thankful for 3 entrepreneurs working on the hardest problem in healthcare – dying

November 27, 2014 12:00 pm by | 1 Comments

I always say that I have the best job: I get to talk to smart people doing really interesting work. I have met dozens of entrepreneurs this year. There is…



A focused diagnostic is better than one test that does it all

A focused diagnostic is better than one test that does it all

November 18, 2014 10:01 am by | 0 Comments

  Download October’s Startup Index The Nokia X Sensing challenge drew 11 finalists. Each company fell into 1 of 2 groups: a do-it-all sensor or a specialized sensor. EMI, one…


Get an early look at the robot doctors of the future in “Big Hero 6″

Get an early look at the robot doctors of the future in “Big Hero 6″

November 17, 2014 5:31 am by | 5 Comments

When I went to see Disney’s latest movie, I wasn’t expecting the hero to be a robot doctor. “Big Hero 6″ is an amazing and wonderful movie, just like “Wreck-It…


Google Hangout: Smarter scalpels, safer radiation and scaffolds for sinusitis

Google Hangout: Smarter scalpels, safer radiation and scaffolds for sinusitis

November 6, 2014 8:32 am by | 3 Comments

The world is changing fast for medical device companies and it’s becoming an evolve or die moment for big companies and small ones. In this month’s MedCity News Google Hangout,…


Which parts of Obamacare will McConnell attack first?

Which parts of Obamacare will McConnell attack first?

November 5, 2014 5:11 pm by | 2 Comments

Sen. Mitch McConnell has won his life-long dream to be majority leader in the Senate. He had no trouble beating Alison Lundergan Grimes in Tuesday’s election in Kentucky. He has…


Biggest side effect of Ebola paranoia: Losing your ability to read maps

Biggest side effect of Ebola paranoia: Losing your ability to read maps

November 4, 2014 2:49 pm by | 0 Comments

We haven’t had a new case – or a new scare – for a few days now, and maybe the election will push Ebola out of the news for a…



“And you can’t make me!” Honeywell lawsuit may change the course of corporate wellness

“And you can’t make me!” Honeywell lawsuit may change the course of corporate wellness

October 30, 2014 2:58 pm by | 10 Comments

Honeywell is not the first employer to be sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission due to a wellness program, but it is the biggest. The EEOC filed its third…


Google X’s latest health adventure: Nanoparticle pills that detect cancer

Google X’s latest health adventure: Nanoparticle pills that detect cancer

October 30, 2014 2:02 pm by | 1 Comments

Never mind telemedicine as a replacement for a doctor visit. Google X wants to create a pill that will not only find health problems when they first start to develop…


New national hospice database takes messy federal data and makes it beautiful and useful

New national hospice database takes messy federal data and makes it beautiful and useful

October 28, 2014 1:56 pm by | 0 Comments

The Washington Post just published the latest installment in its “The Business of Dying” series. The story about frustrating experiences with hospice care is interesting (and heartbreaking), but the really…


Would Salk patent an Ebola vaccine?

Would Salk patent an Ebola vaccine?

October 28, 2014 11:26 am by | 0 Comments

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 100th birthday of Jonas Salk. Several of the articles marking the occasion debate why Salk did not patent the polio vaccine. A contributor on Forbes…


Another epic fail: My patient portal doesn’t remember me

Another epic fail: My patient portal doesn’t remember me

October 27, 2014 5:43 pm by | 0 Comments

Last week, I went to the hospital for a follow-up scan. I had my first scan in May, right after an OB-GYN appointment. I was excited, way back then, because…


5 charts illustrate the “evolve or die” crisis facing the medical device industry

5 charts illustrate the “evolve or die” crisis facing the medical device industry

October 20, 2014 1:01 am by | 0 Comments

It’s not just the FDA that is making life difficult for medical device companies. Executives are having to follow sales opportunities as medical care shifts out of hospitals into homes…


Startups are doing more for breast cancer patients than any pink ribbon could

Startups are doing more for breast cancer patients than any pink ribbon could

October 15, 2014 11:42 am by | 6 Comments

Download the MedCity Startup Index for September It’s easy enough to buy a pink ribbon or even to walk or run a 5K to promote breast cancer awareness. I am…


Harvard Challenge testing healthcare innvoation ideas that are ready to scale

Harvard Challenge testing healthcare innvoation ideas that are ready to scale

October 14, 2014 3:39 pm by | 0 Comments

This challenge is about not hacking. It is about proving that your idea will work in exchange for access to Harvard’s network. The Health Acceleration Challenge got 478 applications for…