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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GE Healthcare is developing operations command centers to cut waste and boost efficiency

GE Healthcare is developing operations command centers to cut waste and boost efficiency

April 23, 2014 6:02 am by | 1 Comments

No matter how many times I see these numbers about waste and inefficiency in hospitals, they are still shocking. Mike Swinford of GE Healthcare shared these stats Tuesday at the…


Three ways to increase your startup’s chances of getting acquired by GE Healthcare

Three ways to increase your startup’s chances of getting acquired by GE Healthcare

April 23, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Cultural fit, bundling potential and a focus on work force optimization. If your healthcare startup meets all or even two of these criteria, you’ll have a better than average chance…



Top 3 tasks that should be on the new HHS secretary’s to-do list

Top 3 tasks that should be on the new HHS secretary’s to-do list

April 16, 2014 1:00 pm by | 0 Comments

There’s never a dull moment at HHS these days. First there was the mad, last-minute “Sign up, sign up, sign up!” rush to the enrollment deadline, then Medicare released all…


How long until Staples adds a bone printer to its 3D services?

How long until Staples adds a bone printer to its 3D services?

April 15, 2014 6:27 am by | 0 Comments

Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Tokyo University’s RIKEN and Japanese medical research firm NEXT 21 K.K. have developed a 3D printer that uses ink from the…


Yuck of the week: Amoeba makes you sick by chewing on and spitting out bits of intestine

Yuck of the week: Amoeba makes you sick by chewing on and spitting out bits of intestine

April 14, 2014 7:42 am by | 0 Comments

The suffering stomach bugs cause is bad enough, but what’s worse is how a certain amoeba create food poisoning that can last months. NPR reported on a new discovery: The…


Activist group targets J&J and its transvaginal mesh lawsuits with social media attack

Activist group targets J&J and its transvaginal mesh lawsuits with social media attack

April 14, 2014 6:33 am by | 5 Comments

Anger vibrates from every element of a new social media campaign aimed directly at Johnson & Johnson. Johnson and Johnson Hurts Women is the web site address. The logo features…


HIT expert: Payers and providers should be worried about Heartbleed security bug

HIT expert: Payers and providers should be worried about Heartbleed security bug

April 11, 2014 5:17 pm by | 0 Comments

Even if you’ve already changed your Facebook and bank account passwords, don’t think you’re done with Heartbleed. ModernHealthcare spoke with the CEO of an HIT security firm who said insurers,…



March Startup Index: 12 companies making healthcare easier, faster, and less painful

March Startup Index: 12 companies making healthcare easier, faster, and less painful

April 10, 2014 6:36 am by | 0 Comments

You never want to be the last speaker at the end of a long conference day. Many people in the 4:30 slot even mention this strategic disadvantage, “I know I…


Washed up by 38: Age bias in Silicon Valley fixes the system against healthcare startups

Washed up by 38: Age bias in Silicon Valley fixes the system against healthcare startups

April 8, 2014 3:36 pm by | 0 Comments

Which demographic is a growth market for plastic surgeons in Silicon Valley? Tech guys in their 40s worried about getting hired. Dr. Seth Matarasso told me that, in ascending order…


The ultimate in DIY mental healthcare: Running the Trouble Coffee cafe

The ultimate in DIY mental healthcare: Running the Trouble Coffee cafe

April 8, 2014 12:58 pm by | 0 Comments

This American Life always has compelling and unusual stories – even my 9-year-old son will stay in the car to listen, even if we’ve reached our destination but the tale…


Vote in the Wearables Elite 8: Smart bra vs. Cloud phone

Vote in the Wearables Elite 8: Smart bra vs. Cloud phone

April 4, 2014 11:58 am by | 1 Comments

Which company has more potential to make healthcare safer, cheaper or better? Vote for First Warning Systems’ BSE bra or Ollo Mobile’s Cloud Phone 3G.


Vote in the Wearables Elite 8: Reemo gesture control band vs. Mimo to monitor infant’s vital signs

Vote in the Wearables Elite 8: Reemo gesture control band vs. Mimo to monitor infant’s vital signs

April 4, 2014 11:49 am by | 0 Comments

Which company has more potential to make healthcare safer, cheaper or better? Vote for Playtabase’s Reemo and Rest Devices’ Mimo smart onesie.


Vote in the Wearables Elite 8: Google Glass for telemedicine vs. x-ray vision for veins

Vote in the Wearables Elite 8: Google Glass for telemedicine vs. x-ray vision for veins

April 4, 2014 11:30 am by | 2 Comments

Which company has more potential to make healthcare safer, cheaper or better? Vote for Pristine’s EyeSight or Evena Medical.


Vote in the Wearables Elite 8: Seizure tracking system vs. wearable defibrillator

Vote in the Wearables Elite 8: Seizure tracking system vs. wearable defibrillator

April 4, 2014 11:15 am by | 0 Comments

Which company has more potential to make healthcare safer, cheaper or better? Vote Artefact’s Dialog or Zoll Medical’s Life Vest.


Elite 8: Wearable startups tracking cancer, seizures, heart trouble, babies

Elite 8: Wearable startups tracking cancer, seizures, heart trouble, babies

April 3, 2014 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

We just talked about how to move digital health beyond the healthiest people in the room. Many of the wearable companies who have survived to this round of the Wearables…