November 9, 2020
New research out of Rock Health found that Black startups are reporting greater barriers to accessing capital and connecting with investors than their white, Asian and Hispanic counterparts. The new report, called the Diversity in Digital Health report, zeroed in on how health tech funding is getting distributed across races and backgrounds.
For example, the survey found that 10% of white male...
October 20, 2020
A new maternal health company called Oula has picked up $3.2 million in seed funding, propelling the launch of its multimodal care platform and brick-and-mortar services.
This batch of seed funding was led by Collaborative Fund with participation from Female Founders Fund, 8VC, Metrodora, Kapor Capital, Rock Health, January Ventures, Great Oaks and private investors.
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October 5, 2020
Just nine months into the year, 2020 has already hit a digital health fundraising high note as investors up their ante in coronavirus-affected health tech markets such as on-demand healthcare services or fitness and wellness platforms, per Rock Health's latest quarterly report.
The digital health-focused venture capital firm reported $4 billion in U.S.-based digital health startup investments...
September 30, 2020
While the economy has been volatile during the pandemic, digital health companies to strike deals with investors raking in more money than ever before.
"We’ve already surpassed $7.5 billion in funding and are on track for this year to be the biggest funding year yet in terms of US-based digital health companies," Megan Zweig, chief operating officer at Rock Health, said during a fireside chat at...
September 25, 2020
It's a bit of a pot pourri this week as the MobiHealthNews team shares some of what it's heard at a variety of (virtual, of course) industry events. First, host Jonah Comstock recaps what Apple announced at its product launch event last week, then Associate Editors Dave Muoio and Mallory Hackett discuss the Digital Therapeutics East event. Last, Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Jonah talk about...
September 23, 2020
When it comes to the world of health, words are important, according to panelists at Rock Health’s annual summit. What language is used by clinicians, caregivers, even digital health companies can boost inclusivity or cause exclusion. That’s particularly true for groups of people who have been historically marginalized, such as the LGBTQ+ community and people of color.
“Particularly in the queer...
September 22, 2020
The health systems of tomorrow could look a lot more inclusive, according to a group of panelists at Rock Health’s annual summit. In particular, panelists focused on how the health tech space could be revamped for more diverse populations with diverse needs.
“When I think about the healthcare system of tomorrow I’m very much focused on the lessons we can learn from this year of dual crisis....
September 9, 2020
As older adults continue to adopt technology, digital health technologies will play an important role in helping them age in place, a new report from Rock Health predicts.
The report notes that although 77% of people over the age of 55 say they want to age in place, only 50% believe they will.
Barriers to aging in place can include home maintenance, lack of transportation and mobility, inadequate...
August 4, 2020
Despite femtech’s recent growth in the digital health sector, only 3% of the digital health deals in the U.S. since 2011 have focused on women’s health, according to a new report from Rock Health.
Of that percentage, a majority of the funding has gone to companies targeting fertility, pregnancy or motherhood. Rock Health says that 65% of all femtech funding has gone to these areas, while less...
July 24, 2020
Megan Zweig and Sean Day, chief operating officer and consultant, respectively, at Rock Health, join host Jonah Comstock for a discussion of digital health funding, M&A, and IPOs in the first six months of 2020.
Per Rock Health's recent report on the subject, U.S. digital health companies pulled in $5.4 billion so far this year, in spite of (or, perhaps, because of) a global pandemic that has...