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.


Home, community more risky for nurses than virus patients

Bedside caregivers are far less likely to catch COVID-19 after risky exposures to patients, compared with interactions at home or in the community, new data show.


Rural Minnesota provider Sanford Health merging with system based in Salt Lake City

Health system would join with Intermountain, a similar hospital network.


COVID makes heart attacks more deadly, study finds

"Mortality for heart attack patients ... should be in single digits. We're seeing mortality here that is 32%," said Dr. Santiago Garcia, of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.


Medtronic tells investors it expects faster sales growth ahead

The company now expects to return to normal revenue and profit growth by January, three months earlier than earlier projections.


Health workers losing pay over testing delays, quarantine rules

A bill slated to be introduced in the Legislature on Monday would require hospitals and nursing homes to give paid time off to health care workers who need to go on leave for COVID testing and quarantine.


Former Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak stepping down from company's board

Omar Ishrak, currently executive chairman, will separate from device maker in December.


Former Mayo Clinic employee improperly accessed 1,600-plus patient health records

Social Security numbers, payment card information and bank account numbers weren't accessed.


Medtronic product removed from market in Australia, which is now investigating its use

Medtronic denies any wrongdoing in its marketing or sales of Infuse.


Minnesota schools grapple with shifts in COVID-19 cases

Despite state guidelines to help school districts decide whether or when to switch to hybrid or full-time remote learning models, the recommendations are nonbinding, leaving it to district administrators to make the final call.


U testing dorm sewage for COVID-19 at Twin Cities, Duluth campuses

The University of Arizona and Utah State University recently quarantined and tested hundreds of students after dorm wastewater samples led to the discovery of undetected COVID-19 cases.