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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Why unsexy healthcare startups are my favorites

Why unsexy healthcare startups are my favorites

December 17, 2014 12:26 pm by | 1 Comments

Download MedCity’s Startup Index for November I hate it when people call ideas or businesses “sexy.” People are sexy, ideas and inanimate objects are not. When I hear a person…


Three things health systems must do to take on risk – and succeed

Three things health systems must do to take on risk – and succeed

December 12, 2014 4:23 pm by | 0 Comments

Everyone in the healthcare world is trying to figure out how to manage risk – whether that is something basic – like switching to online appointment scheduling – or something…



Helping hospitals take on risk pays off big time for HIT consulting company

Helping hospitals take on risk pays off big time for HIT consulting company

December 12, 2014 11:49 am by | 0 Comments

You can’t call an 18-year-old company a startup, so Valence Health doesn’t fit into that category. However, news from the Chicago company this year has been as exciting and impressive…


Why 2 app evangelists say 2015 will be a tipping point for doctors prescribing apps

Why 2 app evangelists say 2015 will be a tipping point for doctors prescribing apps

December 9, 2014 12:19 pm by | 3 Comments

2014 has been a banner year for Natalie Hodges and Brandi Harless of Personal Medicine Plus. The duo graduated from Xlerate Health, gave 45 59-second pitches at Cleveland Clinic’s Innovation…


HIT company combines scribes and EMR support to keep ROI high

HIT company combines scribes and EMR support to keep ROI high

December 3, 2014 1:11 pm by | 0 Comments

An ER doctor wanted help documenting patient care, so she started a scribe business. Kathleen Myers, MD started Scribes Stat in 2011. In 2012, customers started asking for help in…


Three healthcare campaigns you should support on Giving Tuesday

Three healthcare campaigns you should support on Giving Tuesday

December 2, 2014 2:11 pm by | 1 Comments

As I mentioned last week, my family lost several people this year. As I result, I have done a lot of house cleaning – purging, throwing away, donating, and reorganizing….


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 | 1 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…



These 3 entrepreneurs are working on the hardest problem in healthcare –  dying

These 3 entrepreneurs are 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…