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.


Hospitals on alert to fix potential cybersecurity risk

Microsoft has made available a security patch for operating systems, even those it doesn't support anymore, to prevent a ransomware attack.


CVRx data show its device can benefit heart-failure patients

In a first, Minnesota medical device maker CVRx presented data at an influential medical meeting over the weekend showing that its implantable Barostim Neo electric-stimulation…


Victims left in the dark after breach at obscure health care data firm

An obscure firm was behind the disclosure of information.


Medtronic shuts division aimed at offering lower-cost orthopedic implants

Medical device maker cited shifting market dynamics for the move.


After patient death, FDA warns of battery depletion in Medtronic pacemakers

The rare issue may affect five Medtronic models.


High blood pressure is billion-dollar target for device makers

Companies, including Minnesota's Medtronic, say it could be a billion-dollar industry.


Maple Grove biotech firm joins federal effort on opioid abuse

Maple Grove biotech firm teams with NIH to assess how human brain cells respond to the drugs.


Medtronic cuts jobs in cardio and vascular devices group

The device maker didn't specify the number of jobs affected in Minnesota.


Boston Scientific shares poised for tumble amid mixed results

The medical device maker acknowledged some key challenges ahead.


Linked to deaths, surgical staplers get closer look from FDA

Medtronic, the leading supplier of surgical staplers, said it has confidence in its devices when used as directed.