Joe Carlson | Star Tribune
Reporter | Medical technology

Joe Carlson writes about medical technology and the Minnesota companies that design and sell healthcare devices. A Twin Cities native, he most recently covered the business of healthcare for Modern Healthcare magazine in Chicago.


Health care megamergers are aiming to revamp how care is delivered

UnitedHealth Group, Aetna and CVS Health attempt to revamp who does what in delivering health care.


Stryker to buy Plymouth-based Entellus Medical for $662 million

It's unclear how the deal would affect the 280 workers employed by the maker of products to treat sinus problems.


UnitedHealth acquiring DaVita Medical Group for $4.9B

The deal includes medical staff of 2,000 and further blurs insurance, provider line.


Clinical trial puts Apple Watch's heart monitoring prowess to the test

Along with tracking a wearer's workout, company hopes to show its watch can effectively detect atrial fibrillation.


Allina doesn't see CVS deal upending its venture with Aetna

Company sees no concern for its own Aetna venture.


Should Minnesota company suing former employees pay legal fees? High court to decide

At issue is whether CorVascular should pay defense expenses for the former employees it is suing.


Boston Scientific takes hit as Lotus valve woes mount

Device maker said it is unclear when it will submit troubled system for U.S. approval.


UnitedHealth shares dip on mixed earnings outlook

UnitedHealth Group issued financial guidance late Monday that included a projected range for 2018 earnings that dipped below analysts expectations. Its shares fell about 1 percent in after-hours trading.


Medtronic, IRS locked in high-stakes tax feud

With $1.4 billion in question, feud may have implications for industry.


Medtronic weathers storms, posts better-than-expected revenue, earnings

Analysts believe the company can meet growth targets despite recent production headaches.