Brian Russell of Zephyr Anywhere, left, speaks with Stacy Enxing Seng of Covidien Vascular Therapies at VentureBeat's 2014 HealthBeat conference in San Francisco on Oct. 27.

What medtech can learn from digital health

SAN FRANCISCO — Big medical technology companies have the trust of hospitals. But digital-health startups are the ones developing the most exciting new technologies. Given partnerships and acquisitions lately, it looks like these two kinds of businesses can help each other.