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.


A closer look at the scientific evidence for and against 3M's Bair Hugger

Dozens of peer-reviewed papers on the Bair Hugger's safety profile have been published, some critical, some supportive.


Legal war engulfs commonly used 3M operating-room device

As lawsuits pile up, 3M defends Bair Hugger against its own worst critic: the inventor.


Medtronic has resolved three legal issues with Justice Department, pays $50.9 million

The three cases all involved schemes to promote sales of medical devices made by ev3 and Covidien, before Medtronic acquired the companies in 2015.


Gordy C. Parkhurst, who embraced life after years in an institution, dies at 73

Gordy C. Parkhurst was denied many of the things in early life that come to define us as adults: an education, a family, a normal…


Mayo partnership aims to create an early detector of a 'silent disease'

Company uses Mayo data to teach digital tool to detect heart problems.


Medtronic profit jumps 14 percent, and CEO says future looks even better

Omar Ishrak said firm's focus moving forward is to "invent and disrupt" the med-tech market.


Medtronic to pay HeartWare investors $54.5M under proposed lawsuit settlement

Medtronic has agreed to pay a $54.5 million class-action settlement to investors to resolve allegations that a heart-pump company it acquired in 2016, HeartWare, repeatedly…


UnitedHealthcare to feature Apple Watch in wellness plans

The company added the device in hopes of expanding participation.


Husband of UnitedHealth exec accused of snooping, insider trading to pay $140,000

James E. Hengen of Chanhassen allegedly peaked into his wife's work papers and made trades off the information. He is also accused of tipping off others.


Medtronic launches new trial in effort to bring hypertension treatment to market

Devices are OK to sell in Europe, but approval in U.S. is elusive.