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.


Medical Alley, Accenture to collaborate on value-based health care initiative

Goal is to move toward value-based care.


New Abbott Labs CEO has deep background in medical devices

Robert Ford played key role in St. Jude merger.


Stroke-prevention device with Minnesota ties reaches a key milestone

Boston Scientific's Watchman has become a key tool in treating patients with atrial fibrillation


Patterson Cos. strikes agreement with FTC to settle price-fixing allegations

The dental-supplies firm won't have to pay a fine.


Maple Grove-based Pursuit Vascular sold for $75 million to California firm

Pursuit Vascular, a Maple Grove company whose small venous-access caps can make a big difference in warding off devastating infections, is being acquired by a…


Boston Scientific beats earnings expectations despite challenges

Despite pressure on several fronts, medical device maker Boston Scientific reported quarterly results that were above market expectations on Wednesday, lifting the stock 5%, to…


Pressure mounts for med-tech to show its value

A push to value-based care may not treat all device categories the same under the proposal.


Minnesota insurers try to address unhealthy cost of insulin in 2020

In 2019, Caitlin Block has paid as much as $552 a month to buy insulin, a drug she needs to stay alive. The 30-year-old Coon…


Health care company shutting down New Hope facility, eliminating over 50 jobs

About 50 at New Hope facility will lose their jobs.


Minnesota High Tech Association to coach firms to win grants

The new accelerator program will help small-tech firms learn how to apply for funding.