Joe Carlson | Star Tribune
Reporter | Medical technology

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.


HeartMate 3 gets FDA approval for extended use

Revamped Abbott Labs device is seen as an option for cardiac patients who are unlikely to get transplants.


Medtronic touts treatment to wean patients off pain pills

Medtronic implantable pump dispenses tiny doses of pain medication.


Heart devices help Abbott Labs meet earnings expectations

After meeting Wall Street quarterly expectations, company looks to 2019.


Minneapolis startup Cardialen raises $17 million in venture capital

The Minneapolis company is developing a new type of defibrillation device.


Summit in Minneapolis ponders the future of health care

Big-name speakers, large crowd gather at first Manova Global Summit on the Future of Health to think about innovation.


Lite Run wins innovation award for 'spacesuit' pants

The device helps people walk normally after stroke or injury.


GN Hearing hopes to connect Android phones and hearing aids

GN Hearing is working with Google to adapt its devices to communicate seamlessly with Android smartphones.


Minnetonka-based Imris strikes collaboration deal with Siemens

Imaging giant will complement Imris' design of surgical suites.


Patterson Cos. among three dental suppliers to pay into $80M price-fixing settlement

Fee is St. Paul firm's share in a court settlement over price-fixing allegations against major dental suppliers.


UnitedHealth's OptumRx to combine with pharmacy services firm in $2B deal

UnitedHealth has said that transforming pharmacy care services is a key goal it hopes to accomplish.