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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Let’s talk medical devices: Smarter scalpels, safer radiation and scaffolds for sinusitis

Let’s talk medical devices: Smarter scalpels, safer radiation and scaffolds for sinusitis

October 31, 2014 1:32 pm by | 0 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,…


“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…


Move over, engineering: Half of Purdue’s 2014 Startups are working on health problems

Move over, engineering: Half of Purdue’s 2014 Startups are working on health problems

October 14, 2014 2:30 pm by | 0 Comments

MedCity News has partnered with BioCrossroads to provide coverage focused on Indiana‚Äôs next generation of growth and innovation in life sciences. Only 5.8% of the student population is enrolled in…


“Republican Cuts Kill” – Attack ad blames weak Ebola response on GOP budget cuts

“Republican Cuts Kill” – Attack ad blames weak Ebola response on GOP budget cuts

October 14, 2014 1:18 pm by | 5 Comments

A new attack ad in the 2014 elections links cuts to budgets at the National Institutes for Health and the Centers for Disease Control to the spread of Ebola.


For patient engagement to work, we must have doctor engagement too

For patient engagement to work, we must have doctor engagement too

October 3, 2014 3:37 pm by | 11 Comments

At ENGAGE on Wednesday, Dr. Sachin Jain started his talk with three patient stories. In each instance, the information doctors and other caregivers needed to figure out a patient’s problem…


Corporate wellness entrepreneurs: Carrot and the stick is the wrong model

Corporate wellness entrepreneurs: Carrot and the stick is the wrong model

October 2, 2014 1:06 pm by | 3 Comments

As I said at the close of the first day of ENGAGE, I heard this phrase much more often than I expected to: We have to meet people where they…


Twitter debate: Which is better – patient portals or calling the nurse?

Twitter debate: Which is better – patient portals or calling the nurse?

October 2, 2014 8:35 am by | 1 Comments

During the Reaching the Unreachables panel Tuesday at ENGAGE, Dr. Steve North described the challenges of working in a rural setting – specifically Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Spruce Pine is…


Payers and providers need to build a support system for America’s 61M unpaid caregivers

Payers and providers need to build a support system for America’s 61M unpaid caregivers

October 2, 2014 6:33 am by | 0 Comments

Suzanne Mintz has been working to make life easier for caregivers for more than 20 years. In 1991, she and Cindy Fowler founded the Caregiver Action Network. Mintz and Fowler…