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By Laura Lovett 10:39 am December 3, 2019
The digital health field saw an increase in women leadership in 2019, but the pace of change remains relatively slow, according to a new Rock Health report.  Across the board the percentage of female executives at Fortune 500 health care companies, female partners at venture funds active in digital health and the deals closed by women-led digital health companies have all increased.  However, the...
By Laura Lovett 01:32 pm October 29, 2019
This week Rock Health released a new report conducted in partnership with Stanford University that analyzes how the consumerization of healthcare is shaping the future of the industry. It broke down three major trends: how patient data is creating opportunities and challenges in the field, how online health information is changing the provider relationship and attitudes over a consumer’s...

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By Laura Lovett 11:51 am October 15, 2019
A decade ago digital health was a relatively new term, largely without name recognition. Today, the venture dollars tell a new story, with $8.1 billion poured into the space in 2018 alone, according to a Rock Health report. Still, most healthcare stakeholders agree digital health is still in its early days and is grappling with questions about its place in the health ecosystem.  Founded in 2010,...
By Laura Lovett 02:06 pm October 2, 2019
After a very active and lucrative Q1 and Q2, funding for digital health companies has cooled a bit in Q3, according to the latest Rock Health report. The raises came in at a total of $1.3 billion this last quarter, down from the roughly $2 billion seen in Q1 and Q2.  Additionally, the report points to three major trends this quarter: more mega deals over $100 million, companies exiting via IPOs...
By Laura Lovett 04:14 pm September 11, 2019
It doesn’t take long to scroll through any social media platform before seeing photos of new babies. But for a lot of women, getting pregnant can be an isolating experience and take longer than expected. Increasingly, the healthcare innovation industry is seeing fertility-focused startups sprouting up to support women in their journey. Now big names in the field are getting involved.   Earlier...
By Laura Lovett 03:16 pm July 1, 2019
In spite of predictions that digital health funding would slow in 2019, the industry is on track for yet another record-shattering year of funding, according to the latest Rock Health report. Now at the midway point, 2019 has seen a total of $4.2 billion dollars of digital health investment dollars by the agency's count.  “If this pace holds steady, the sector is on track for an $8.4 billion year...
By Leontina Postelnicu 09:45 am June 24, 2019
Last year saw record amounts of investment be plugged into European tech startups, according to the 2018 State of European Tech from investment firm Atomico. However, 93% of that funding went to startups with all-male founding teams, and the findings resemble data compiled by market research firm Pitchbook in the US, which indicates that women-led ventures secured just 2.2% of venture capital...

(Left to Right) CVS Chief Digital Officer Firdaus Bhathena, Google Cloud Head of Product for Health & Life Sciences Dr. Joseph Corkery, Iora Health Chief Growth Officer Sonia Millsom, and Oak HC/FT Partner Nancy Brown chat onstage at a recent event in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jonah Comstock)

By Laura Lovett 12:45 pm June 7, 2019
When it comes to healthcare, Google is no longer just a tool for searching symptoms at 1 a.m. The tech giant is quickly making its mark in the health industry, from fitness apps to EHR patents, and all eyes are on how the company could be a disruptive force. So far the tech giant has already seen some challenges and successes. While Google has made headlines in health news within the last few...
By Jonah Comstock 02:55 pm June 6, 2019
Healthcare enterprises and digital health startups have a symbiotic relationship: startups need enterprise partners to test and validate their technology, and enterprises turn to startups to bolster innovation efforts beyond what they’re equipped to do in-house. According to Rock Health Director of Research Megan Zweig, speaking this week at a Rock Health event in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this...
By Laura Lovett 03:54 pm June 4, 2019
Digital health is still in many ways the new kid on the block within the healthcare industry. Within a short amount of time, the new field has turned the heads of investors and providers alike. But now the industry is beginning to grapple with questions around how to implement a sustainable economic business model.  “In the next five to six years or so the market is estimated to be $120 billion...