Joe Carlson | Star Tribune
Reporter | Medical technology

Joe Carlson writes about medical technology in Minnesota for the Star Tribune.

Carlson has covered health care beats full time since 2008, including medical technology, not-for-profit providers and health care legal affairs. His stories tend to blend health care business affairs and patient-focused information.


Bloomington startup's device is making it easier to walk in a cast

SubioMed's device uses a mechanism that makes it easier to walk in a cast or a brace, and reduce lingering pain.


U eyes Shriners site in Minneapolis for child brain health research center

$55 million plan is to turn the property into a research site for children's brain health.


Medical device makers see slowdown in sales of highly touted opioid alternative

Manufacturers seek answers to growth decline of promising alternative to addictive drugs.


Abbott doctor helps move cardiac innovation from the left to right side of heart

A new class of structural heart devices is undergoing testing by Abbott Northwestern patients.


New Medtronic CEO's big challenge: Growing revenue in a tough market

Geoff Martha needs to improve shareholder returns and grow revenue in a tough market.


Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak to retire in 2020

Executive Vice President Geoff Martha, who led the Covidien acquisition, will succeed him.


Hot air, cold air, combs: battling lice is a $1.9 billion business

The market has been fundamentally changed by the rise of lice that are resistant to the common over-the-counter treatments.


Blue Cross Minnesota to eliminate insulin co-pays for fully insured members

Blue Cross is the latest insurer in Minnesota to change insulin coverage for next year.


Medtronic talks robots as it beats earnings estimates, hikes guidance

Device maker touts a product pipeline that includes a dual-chamber tiny pacemaker.


Boston Sci closes on $4.3 billion deal for British health company BTG

Jobs will be added in Minnesota to manage treatments, devices acquired in the deal for BTG.