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Joe Carlson

Reporter | Medical technology
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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.
Recent content from Joe Carlson
26 patients die after upgrading Abbott blood pump at home

26 patients die after upgrading Abbott blood pump at home

The deaths occurred after patients tried to perform routine maintenance on their HeartMate II blood pump, made by the former St. Jude Medical. A "recall" notice urges that the upgrades be done in a clinic or hospital.
In wake of WannaCry, medical industry prepares for better response to next cyber attack

In wake of WannaCry, medical industry prepares for better response to next cyber attack

Hospital and medical device experts say well-meaning agencies did not coordinate attempts to provide — or always provide the most useful — information.

Cybersecurity experts gather to try to prevent future attacks like WannaCry

Experts will look to make recommendations to protect medical devices.

Acist study finds positive results of its Navvus MicroCatheter device

Patients with complex cardiac cases may benefit most from Acist Medical Systems device.
Boston Scientific study results raise prospect for new competition in heart-valve market

Boston Scientific study results raise prospect for new competition in heart-valve market

The trial between Boston Scientific and Medtronic minimally-invasive valves hints at a more competitive market.

No Minnesota hospitals hit by 'WannaCry' cyberattack, but experts warn of vulnerabilities

Minnesota's IT experts had a tense and busy weekend.
Muddy Waters takes to Twitter in latest dispute with Abbott Labs

Muddy Waters takes to Twitter in latest dispute with Abbott Labs

Self-described whistleblower Muddy Waters accuses firm of trying to silence its critics.
Study on Medtronic Reveal shows promising results in preventing deadly strokes

Study on Medtronic Reveal shows promising results in preventing deadly strokes

Medtronic implant detects atrial fibrillation in high-risk patients.
Medtronic, Boston Scientific release positive 'real world' study results

Medtronic, Boston Scientific release positive 'real world' study results

The companies presented the results on heart devices at a Chicago conference.

Medical device executive pleads guilty to stealing trade secrets

Christopher M. Barry took design files to his new company when he left Lutonix.
Abbott's Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation System is rare technology advance

Abbott's Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation System is rare technology advance

Abbott's stimulation system can be controlled with an iPod, and is seen as the first big advancement in the U.S. in 20 years

Caisson Interventional sold to London firm as heart-valve race revs up

After investing in the Maple Grove heart valve company in 2012, LivaNova is buying the company.
Eden Prairie company hopes to improve heart screens for teens

Eden Prairie company hopes to improve heart screens for teens

PraeVeni is working to implement what it calls a new test to accurately rule out the 10 most common heart problems for a fraction of the typical $4,000-plus cost of screening.
Abbott faces more fallout over patients implanted with faulty St. Jude device

Abbott faces more fallout over patients implanted with faulty St. Jude device

Recent FDA warning over seven patients implanted after recall could be a PR "black eye" for Abbott.
FDA sends St. Jude a warning over two high-profile device issues

FDA sends St. Jude a warning over two high-profile device issues

The company was faulted for failing to investigate defibrillator battery problems and cybersecurity shortcomings.

Biomedical convention explores 'what's next'

Mpls. hosted meeting to show off a brave new biotech world.
Medtronic says it is recalling StrataMR valve

Medtronic says it is recalling StrataMR valve

Valve was approved for use less than a year ago.
Medtronic begins to roll out state-of-the-art insulin pump

Medtronic begins to roll out state-of-the-art insulin pump

Medtronic's 670G device reads the blood-glucose level, makes a high-low prediction, then adjusts insulin dose.
Decision in Medicare case could have bigger upside for UnitedHealth

Decision in Medicare case could have bigger upside for UnitedHealth

Federal ruling might influence two separate whistleblower suits.
AdvaMed chairman Nadim Yared laser focused on med-tech tax

AdvaMed chairman Nadim Yared laser focused on med-tech tax

Minnesotan Nadim Yared was supposed to have one of his biggest jobs well underway just a few days into his new role as incoming chairman of the national medical-technology trade group AdvaMed.

Judge dismisses shareholder lawsuit against Cardiovascular Systems

Cardiovascular Systems Inc. was accused of hiding illegal sales tactics, but evidence was lacking.
Boston Scientific buys Swiss heart valve maker for $435M

Boston Scientific buys Swiss heart valve maker for $435M

The deal comes after the device maker halted sales of its Lotus heart valve.

Hearing-aid makers have differing takes on OTC sales option

But not all are sold on letting consumers purchase low-cost devices without a prescription.

BioSig Technologies, Mayo to collaborate on heart data system

The 10-year agreement is aimed at creating jointly held intellectual property.

Medtronic, St. Jude tout favorable test results for heart devices at expo in D.C.

Medtronic and St. Jude are rolling out upbeat trial results for key products.
Colorful cart designed by Gillette helps children recover after surgery

Colorful cart designed by Gillette helps children recover after surgery

Gillette Children's has designed a unit that helps kids recovering from surgery to move around on their own terms.

LISI plant expansion receives state support through grant

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development support is a $345,000 grant from its Job Creation Fund.
Medtronic heart monitor gets FDA approval

Medtronic heart monitor gets FDA approval

New programming makes the latest version of the device more accurate.
Former St. Jude Medical exec admits to stealing $35K from company

Former St. Jude Medical exec admits to stealing $35K from company

The plea is expected to allow Bryan Szweda to avoid jail time.
Bio-Techne carves a large niche in tools for research

Bio-Techne carves a large niche in tools for research

The company was already Minnesota's top biotech player. New management is thinking big.
Boston Scientific recalls Lotus heart valve replacement system

Boston Scientific recalls Lotus heart valve replacement system

The Lotus valve replacement system is for sale in Europe and under clinical testing in the U.S.
'Confident' Medtronic third-quarter results beat Wall St. expectations

'Confident' Medtronic third-quarter results beat Wall St. expectations

The medical device maker reaffirmed its full-year guidance, citing product launches in the current quarter.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary buys Torax Medical

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary buys Torax Medical

The acquisition follows last year's $25 million financing round.
U study finds companies inclined to wait too long to recall medical devices

U study finds companies inclined to wait too long to recall medical devices

The FDA requires "postmarket" surveillance for medical devices. But researchers and regulators say the system is deeply flawed, exposing patients and doctors to greater risks.
Zift Medical looks to take physical, financial pain out of brow lifts

Zift Medical looks to take physical, financial pain out of brow lifts

Zift Medical, a startup in Fridley, believes its work can improve the process for having a brow lift
Abbott Labs halts use of HeartMate PHP blood pump after death, malfunctions

Abbott Labs halts use of HeartMate PHP blood pump after death, malfunctions

St. Jude Medical acquired the device in a 2015 deal and predicted it would be a key growth driver within five years.
Investments in Minnesota health tech companies trail off in fourth quarter

Investments in Minnesota health tech companies trail off in fourth quarter

Money in 2016 trailed off amid concern over fate of the Affordable Care Act.
Well-traveled professor also developed counseling concept

Well-traveled professor also developed counseling concept

Paul B. Pedersen was a boy of about 5, sitting next to the tar road near the family farmhouse in Ringsted, Iowa, when he had…

Helping small med-tech firms keep devices safe from hackers

Adventium Labs is working on tools to help.

Boston Scientific reports strong earnings, stock up nearly 5%

Medical device maker beat the forecasts, showed broad sales growth.
St. Jude Medical MRI-safe pacemaker gets long-awaited FDA approval

St. Jude Medical MRI-safe pacemaker gets long-awaited FDA approval

Regulatory approval to sell the device should boost sales and Abbott Laboratories' bottom line.

MNsure extends deadline for those seeking premium relief

The open enrollment period to buy a 2017 health plan has been extended for one week.
Controversial Wisconsin sheriff to speak tonight in Minneapolis

Controversial Wisconsin sheriff to speak tonight in Minneapolis

David Clarke Jr. has been a popular pro-Trump commentator on Twitter and other media.
Irving English Jr., industrial relations manager and eternal optimist, dies at 91

Irving English Jr., industrial relations manager and eternal optimist, dies at 91

Life as a senior took many things from Irv English — teeth, independence, a sense of home — but it never took away his positive…
Medicare to cover implants of Medtronic's Micra pacemaker

Medicare to cover implants of Medtronic's Micra pacemaker

The device is much smaller than traditional pacemakers and can be implanted inside the heart without open-chest surgery.
Abbott CEO fields familiar questions about newly acquired St. Jude

Abbott CEO fields familiar questions about newly acquired St. Jude

FDA approval for some of its devices is on the way, company officials believe.

FDA says St. Jude heart devices vulnerable to hacking

FDA issues warning, but patch reportedly ready.
Up next for Abbott Labs: Make its blockbuster St. Jude deal pay off

Up next for Abbott Labs: Make its blockbuster St. Jude deal pay off

The market will be watching closely to see if the two companies — which combined last week — can drive investment in the next technological ­breakthrough while managing high debt, working several other pending deals and ­melding differences in their corporate cultures.
Abbott Labs closes its acquisition of St. Jude Medical

Abbott Labs closes its acquisition of St. Jude Medical

Focus turns on integration teams from both companies that continue to work on the transition.
Abbott Labs expected to wrap up sale of St. Jude Medical

Abbott Labs expected to wrap up sale of St. Jude Medical

$25 billion deal is expected to become profitable for Abbott in the first year.

FDA guidelines for medical device cybersecurity call for all-out fight vs. hacking

If you want to prevent computer hackers from attacking medical devices, it's not enough to just design the best device you can before shipping it out the door.
Abbott Labs says it plans to wrap up St. Jude Medical deal Jan. 4

Abbott Labs says it plans to wrap up St. Jude Medical deal Jan. 4

The closing follows months of regulatory review that required the companies to divest several proprietary devices.
Appeals court revives Medtronic shareholder suit over Infuse

Appeals court revives Medtronic shareholder suit over Infuse

Medtronic was dealt a legal setback Wednesday when a federal appeals court reinstated litigation from investment funds claiming that the medical device company misled investors…
EnteroMedics says study bolsters case for its obesity device

EnteroMedics says study bolsters case for its obesity device

Roseville's EnteroMedics thinks a new study will help its case with insurers.

FDA approves St. Jude's EnSite Precision heart-mapping system

New product can treat atrial fibrillation more quickly.

Private equity firm buys Halo Innovations

Maker of SleepSack will still use brand to market.
Maple Grove start-up could save $600M in spending on dialysis-related infections

Maple Grove start-up could save $600M in spending on dialysis-related infections

A "simple" plastic cap made in Maple Grove could reduce the infection rate for patients.
Medtronic eliminating some Twin Cities jobs in favor of contractor

Medtronic eliminating some Twin Cities jobs in favor of contractor

Outside contractor hired to replace Columbia Heights jobs.

Panel: Patient-led movement is transforming medical research

The picture presented at a University of Minnesota event was of two scientific communities running in tandem: One is run by and for patients, focused on their immediate needs, while the other is comprised of big companies and research groups.
Medtronic in deal to help run labs in Cleveland medical center

Medtronic in deal to help run labs in Cleveland medical center

The pact with University Hospitals Cleveland medical Center is Medtronic's first integrated health solutions agreement in the U.S.
Medtronic stock down as its second-quarter revenue comes up short

Medtronic stock down as its second-quarter revenue comes up short

The company said it believes sales woes will be temporary as new products drive a recovery.

Boston Scientific closes on its purchase of EndoChoice

Boston is paying $210 million cash for the company, and says it's evaluating strategic options for one of EndoChoice's key products.
Inspire Medical Systems' sleep apnea treatment is showing good results

Inspire Medical Systems' sleep apnea treatment is showing good results

Maple Grove's Inspire Medical Systems uses an electric stimulator similar to a pacemaker to treat sleep apnea and snoring.
Medtronic CEO reaches out to workers after election

Medtronic CEO reaches out to workers after election

Omar Ishrak is among the leaders who assured employees of commitment to core values.

FDA hearing on off-labels use of devices explores risks to patients

The FDA is grappling with how far companies can go in touting uses that haven't been studied.
FDA urged to recognize need for exchange of info about unapproved uses of devices, drugs

FDA urged to recognize need for exchange of info about unapproved uses of devices, drugs

They want freer exchanges on unapproved uses; critics are leery.
Minneapolis cardiologist says red tape thwarts research to improve cardiac arrest treatments

Minneapolis cardiologist says red tape thwarts research to improve cardiac arrest treatments

Physician says that research is decreasing due to regulations.
Medtronic agrees to share data in patient-safety effort

Medtronic agrees to share data in patient-safety effort

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was founded four years ago by Masimo CEO Joe Kiani.
Old versions of heart device implanted after battery problem known

Old versions of heart device implanted after battery problem known

Although St. Jude had fixed the problem in 2015 that led to a recall of the devices, the company kept selling its stock of older units.
Is there such a thing as a luxury stent? Boston Scientific thinks so

Is there such a thing as a luxury stent? Boston Scientific thinks so

A clinical trial has yet to show that its Synergy stent outperforms cheaper rivals, but device maker insists time will tell
Two additional patient deaths linked to Medtronic infusion pump

Two additional patient deaths linked to Medtronic infusion pump

The latest deaths follow more than a dozen problems with the implanted SynchroMed II.
St. Jude halts certain pacemaker implants over data issue

St. Jude halts certain pacemaker implants over data issue

Seven reports of lost telemetry and pacing output have been reported from the device maker's Nanostim leadless pacemaker.
Boston Scientific sales growth exceeds expectations as profits rise

Boston Scientific sales growth exceeds expectations as profits rise

The company said its medical-surgical group paced sales growth in the third quarter.
St. Jude, short-seller trade blame in cybersecurity case

St. Jude, short-seller trade blame in cybersecurity case

Filings in cybersecurity lawsuit come just before shareholders vote on the sale to Abbott.

FDA wants help to deal with misleading medical sales pitches

The agency wants examples of what the rules should be regarding medical products.
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