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By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett 03:27 pm June 5, 2020
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others have lit a powder keg in the U.S. and abroad, leading to nearly two weeks of protests and demonstrations that highlight the pervasive and long-standing issues of racism, racial inequality and police brutality.  As public pressure mounts on those in positions to create change, a number of technology and health organizations have...
By Laura Lovett 02:46 pm April 8, 2020
The first three months of 2020 shattered all previous Q1 digital-health-funding records – amounting to a $3.1 billion in new investments – according to a new Rock Health report. Set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, this early funding success may not be indicative of a trend for the entire year.  “Of course, this is not a post about historic funding levels – it is a story of healthy...
By Laura Lovett 02:38 pm January 8, 2020
2019 closed out the decade with $7.4 billion in digital health deals and a spike of six health tech IPOs, according to Rock Health’s latest funding report.  Over the last decade the amount of yearly funding in digital health deals has generally been on the rise; however, 2019 saw a slight decrease in funding from 2018 ($8.2 billion). This wasn't surprising to Rock Health, which predicted this...
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...