July 14, 2015
Welkin Health, a San Francisco-based population health management company that provides a combination of mobile, web, and telephone-based coaching programs, has raised $2 million in seed funding and announced its first major pilot, which is with Humana's Innovation Group. Investors in the seed round include Rock Health, Asset Management Ventures, Great Oaks VC, iSeed VC, a direct investment from...
July 7, 2015
The year so far has seen 136 digital health investment deals over $2 million, for a total of $2.1 billion in funding according to Rock Health's mid-year report. Rock Health tracks a narrower range of digital health companies than others and only tracks deals over $2 million.
That number puts the first half of 2015 just $70 million shy of 2014's first half and more or less on track to match 2014'...
June 22, 2015
Ashwin Pushpala, Founder, Sano Intelligence
San Francisco-based Sano Intelligence, which is quietly developing a health-sensing wearable, has raised $10.25 million in funding from True Ventures and Intel Capital with participation from First Round, Felicis Ventures, Elevation Capital, Floodgate, and Rock Health, according to TechCrunch.
Sano took part in an early Rock Health accelerator...
May 20, 2015
San Francisco-based Stride Health has raised $13 million in a round led by Venrock with participation from Fidelity Biosciences and existing investor NEA, according to a post from TechCrunch. This brings the company's total funding to at least $15.4 million.
Stride Health helps people shopping for health insurance on the open exchanges by providing a more advanced search engine can factor in a...
May 19, 2015
Jawbone's UP2 device
Some 20 percent of investors said they expect Jawbone to go public this year, according to a Rock Health survey of 43 investors. Jawbone has raised an estimated $725 million, the seed fund reported.
Rock Health released the survey just a few weeks after activity tracker company Fitbit filed the initial paperwork that puts it on the path for an IPO. In the company's filing...
May 11, 2015
As news broke last week of Fitbit's IPO plans, MobiHealthNews took some time to look back at moves made by the company over its eight year journey to going public. The company started up in 2007 with a less-than-catchy name: "Healthy Metrics Research, Inc." As we learned last week, in time since its founding the company has sold more than 20.8 million devices as of the end of March 2015, has 9.5...
May 7, 2015
Brigham and Women's Hospital has partnered with seed fund Rock Health to test and possibly integrate technologies from companies in Rock Health's portfolio, according to a Boston Business Journal post.
The two organizations will launch the partnership this sumer and it is expected to last three years.
Brigham and Women’s Executive Director of Brigham Innovation Hub Lesley Solomon told Boston...
April 6, 2015
As the numbers roll in for first quarter digital health funding, both Rock Health and StartUp Health, two companies that track funding and other data points about digital health, are reporting that the numbers are lagging behind last year's first quarter. Overall, last year was a record-breaker for digital health investments and, as Rock Health analyst Teresa Wang writes, "the big question...
March 23, 2015
Some 6 percent of venture-backed digital health companies have female CEOs, according to the latest Rock Health State of Women in Healthcare report.
Additionally, women make up 21 percent of board members as Fortune 500 healthcare companies, 27 percent of board members at top 100 hospitals, and 34 percent of executives at top 100 hospitals.
The dearth of women in digital health is particularly...
March 19, 2015
San Mateo, California-based Collective Health has raised $38 million in a round led by Founders Fund and NEA, with participation from Formation 8, Redpoint Ventures, RRE Ventures, Subtraction Capital, and Rock Health.
Collective Health has developed a software as a service offering that helps companies that have 100 or more employees transition to a self funded insurance plan, which employers can...