UnitedHealth takes majority stake in Audax Health Solutions

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UnitedHealth takes majority stake in Audax Health Solutions

February 19, 2014 6:30 pm by | 2 Comments

A few weeks after MedCity News reported that UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) was in acquisition talks with Audax Health Solutions, its health IT services arm Optum has acquired a majority stake…


Digital health startup pivots from wellness app to chronic condition care plans

Digital health startup pivots from wellness app to chronic condition care plans

April 18, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Everyone knows how to stay healthy – eat less, move more. It’s actually making those changes to daily life that is the hard part. The same is not true for…


Preceptis Medical says  ear tube operations on kids leaving OR and costing less

Preceptis Medical says ear tube operations on kids leaving OR and costing less

March 7, 2014 7:32 am by | 0 Comments

MINNEAPOLIS _ Preceptis Medical is a small company that has big designs to clip the costs and boost the safety for the 1.3 million young children who undergo ear-tube surgeries…



Minneapolis-based Norwest Equity buys pharmacy supply company

Minneapolis-based Norwest Equity buys pharmacy supply company

March 4, 2014 11:44 am by | 0 Comments

Norwest Equity Partners said Monday it bought Apothecary Products Inc., a step by the Minneapolis-based private equity firm to expand its consumer health care portfolio. Apothecary Products makes and distributes…


Obamacare enrollment expected to fall short, Biden says it’s a ‘Hell of a start’ though

Obamacare enrollment expected to fall short, Biden says it’s a ‘Hell of a start’ though

February 20, 2014 12:19 pm by | 0 Comments

Vice President Joe Biden told visitors to a Minneapolis coffee shop on Wednesday that the millions of people likely to sign up for health insurance before a March deadline is…


Vibration and neurostimulation ease the ouch of needle sticks in this startup’s med devices

Vibration and neurostimulation ease the ouch of needle sticks in this startup’s med devices

December 30, 2013 10:52 am by | 3 Comments

For the healthcare industry, the pain caused by a needle prick is more than just a momentary annoyance. Needle pain and fear is thought to have a more serious effect on…


Iowa + Nebraska co-op brings more competition to insurance market with few options

Iowa + Nebraska co-op brings more competition to insurance market with few options

December 7, 2013 7:20 am by | 0 Comments

CoOportunity Health, a nonprofit health insurance cooperative based in Des Moines, Iowa, has had a front-row seat to the ups and downs of healthcare.gov, the federal exchange website that got…


Industry veteran: Design process is changing to start with 3D printers, not manufacturing

Industry veteran: Design process is changing to start with 3D printers, not manufacturing

November 21, 2013 9:54 am by | 0 Comments

A single technological concept that can produce cars, shoes, and human organs represents the “next industrial revolution,” said one of the field’s pioneers at a recent medical device conference. Jon…



Medtronic’s Q2 sees revenue growth for almost every area

Medtronic’s Q2 sees revenue growth for almost every area

November 19, 2013 9:43 am by | 0 Comments

Medtronic (MDT) announced financial results for Q2’13. The bottom line? $4.194 billion in revenue, with net earnings at $902 million. Innovative products, such as deep brain stimulation and the artificial…


MiMedx inks distribution agreement with Medtronic

MiMedx inks distribution agreement with Medtronic

October 1, 2013 9:10 am by | 0 Comments

After MiMedx‘s (MDXG) recent disagreement with the FDA, the company has signed a distribution deal with Medtronic (MDT) for its PURION processed allograft products. Medtronic’s subsidiary SpinalGraft Technologies will promote,…


Heroes in our midst: MedTech Vets program trains soldiers for civilian jobs in medical device industry

Heroes in our midst: MedTech Vets program trains soldiers for civilian jobs in medical device industry

September 23, 2013 8:29 am by | 0 Comments

Fourteen veterans will endure a different kind of bootcamp this week: one that helps prepare them for jobs in the medtech industry. The AdvaMed Medical Technology Veterans Program Bootcamp kicked…


Medtronic’s classy, tempered response to local Minnesota labor issue

Medtronic’s classy, tempered response to local Minnesota labor issue

September 16, 2013 2:01 pm by | 0 Comments

Medtronic‘s CEO Omar Ishrak has advised Cretex, one of its suppliers, and the labor group striking the company, Local 563, to “negotiate in good faith.” At the end of August,…


New social media platform for healthcare wants to connect hospitals with each other

New social media platform for healthcare wants to connect hospitals with each other

September 13, 2013 7:00 am by | 1 Comments

When healthcare IT company Next Wave Health launched in June, its CEO Ivo Nelson said it would rapidly acquire companies to help it develop innovative approaches to healthcare IT challenges….


New U.S. study finds higher risk of suicide in adopted children

New U.S. study finds higher risk of suicide in adopted children

September 11, 2013 4:26 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adopted children may be more likely than their non-adopted siblings to attempt suicide, according to a new U.S. study.
Researchers urged doctors to be on the lookout for signs of trouble in adopted teen patients but said pa…


Concerns over patient safety from double shifts could spur Minnesota nurses to strike

Concerns over patient safety from double shifts could spur Minnesota nurses to strike

September 7, 2013 11:30 am by | 0 Comments

MANKATO — The Minnesota Nurses Association has filed a letter of intent to picket at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. The intent was disclosed to the Post-Bulletin on Friday….


A boyscout + Worrell work together to design a musical medical device

A boyscout + Worrell work together to design a musical medical device

August 22, 2013 12:37 pm by | 0 Comments

Eagle Scout Mason Stoltz unveiled a new medical device at Children’s Hospital earlier this week: a music therapy cart. Working with the hospital and Twin Cities industrial design firm Worrell,…