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.


Medtronic pulls heart-failure device off the market

Following reports of greater mortality and stroke risk, Medtronic pulls its HVAD device from worldwide market.


Many Minnesotans choose to stay masked after mandate's end

The risk of public encounters with the unmasked and unvaccinated is still a concern, especially for those with children too young to be vaccinated.


Minnesota companies acquired by NAMSA

NAMSA has acquired four companies in the Twin Cities since 2009 to expand its offerings in medical-device testing and consulting. Deal prices were not disclosed.…


NAMSA in growth mode under new leadership

Recent changes in ownership, executive leadership signal moves for near-term expansion.


Minnesota hospitals offering more N95 masks to workers

Minnesota hospitals collectively now have about 2.8 million N95 respirators on hand, a supply that would last five months. A year ago, they had only enough to last two months, state data show.


Minnesota extends workers' comp for first responders hit by COVID-19

The benefit was set to end May 1, but Gov. Tim Walz signed an extension through year's end.


Nursing home worker's death triggers record COVID fine

Sholom Community Alliance paid $27,100 in fines after David Kolleh, a manager in the facility's memory care unit, died from the coronavirus as it spread in the home.


Minnesota settles lawsuit with New Prague tavern that violated virus restrictions

The Scott County bar continued to serve food and drinks indoors despite state orders prohibiting that.


Minnesota launches mobile vaccine clinics by bus

Outreach focused on groups hit hard by COVID-19 including communities of color.


Intensive care for COVID-19 rising in Minnesota, despite flat trend in overall hospitalizations

1,189 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths in Minnesota