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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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’s 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…


New research project designed to help people living with IBD manage their meds

New research project designed to help people living with IBD manage their meds

September 30, 2014 8:30 am by | 2 Comments

Curant Health is launching a study with the  Meyerhoff Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to test how well counseling from pharmacists can improve…


Code Black movie has plenty of villians and frustrated heroes in the ER

Code Black movie has plenty of villians and frustrated heroes in the ER

September 30, 2014 5:07 am by | 1 Comments

There was blood. There was guts. There were handsome doctors, suffering patients, and villainous bureaucrats. There was inspiration, frustration, and innovation. Code Black, the independent film screened Monday by the…


Catavolt helps healthcare companies translate legacy data into mobile solutions

Catavolt helps healthcare companies translate legacy data into mobile solutions

September 29, 2014 11:11 am by | 0 Comments

Catavolt did not start small with its health IT modernization push. The software company has been hunting for whales in the healthcare world since the beginning. “Our system works best…


Simple drawings that explain why doctors don’t understand patients

Simple drawings that explain why doctors don’t understand patients

September 24, 2014 11:09 am by | 2 Comments

Doctor as Designer Joyce Lee, MD, MPH, has a fantastic chart series on her blog. #Healthdesignviz is up to #5 in a collection of simple and striking illustrations that show…


Awesome or awful? Backpack makes IVs more portable

Awesome or awful? Backpack makes IVs more portable

September 23, 2014 6:33 pm by | 0 Comments

I have only been in the hospital twice (knock on wood) when I had my two sons. I’ve never had to drag an IV pole around with me (crossing all…


5 states to watch: Keep your eye on these payment and care reform experiments

5 states to watch: Keep your eye on these payment and care reform experiments

September 23, 2014 5:54 pm by | 0 Comments

Sarah Kliff spoke at a payment innovation summit in Portland today. She identified five states that we should watch to track experiments with new models of care and reimbursement. You…