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Rock Weekly: Should the brain be treated as a medical device?

| May 26, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

May 26, 2015

Let’s talk about robots. They’re hyper-accurate, cost-saving, depression-diagnosing—even cute. Regardless of the debate about robots vs. humans, one open question in healthcare remains: if algorithms and robots are more accurate than a human doctor, should the human brain be regulated as a medical device? Either way, we’re jazzed this man is getting his limbs back after four decades thanks to bionics.

We’re also jazzed that portfolio company Stride Health just raised $13M to be the go-to health insurance and HR platform for an entire one-third of the workforce: freelancers. Congrats, team!


Rock Weekly: Which digital health companies will IPO in 2015?

| May 18, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

May 18, 2015

Another week, another $100M digital health IPO filing—this time, Mindbody. On that topic, we polled forty-three investors on which companies they think will IPO in 2015 and this is what they said. Cast your own vote here.


Rock Weekly: What do IBM, Apple, and UHC have in common?

| May 04, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

May 4, 2015

What do IBM, Apple, and UnitedHealthcare have in common? They’re all avid fans of the shifting center of healthcare—helping seniors better access healthcare technology and announcing coverage of telemedicine visits. Good thing consumers are a-ok with taking control of their own health.

Speaking of patient empowerment in the digital age, we have free copies of Eric Topol’s The Patient Will See You Now for five lucky readers who respond here. Happy reading!

Rock Weekly: Announcing our newest investments

| April 27, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

April 27, 2015

Speaking on the state of digital health last week, some called the gap between technology and life sciences “pitiful“, while patients and providers alike are hungry for innovation in the space. Meanwhile, others continue placing huge bets to support its growth (including us).

We’re proud to announce three new investments on the East Coast (and new digs in NYC). Meet 1DocWay, which is bringing telemedicine to underserved populations;Arsenal Health, maker of predictive technology that helps providers optimize bookings; and Caeden, a design-driven company developing truly wearable technology.

Money pours into health insurance startups

| April 13, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

April 13, 2015

What do patient data, EHRs, and health insurance as we know it have in common? They’re all in serious need of an overhaul and dominated the digital health Twitterverse last week. The feds called out EHR vendors for not playing nice in the sandbox when sharing patient records, while money is pouring into startups tackling the outdated world of health insurance—thanks in part to the explosion of health data.

Rock Weekly: Doc fix bill, fantastic or flop for digital health?

| March 30, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

March 30, 2015

Stories of digital health were told ’round the world last week. The UK posted their official guide to mobile health apps (starting with preventive mental health). Iceland became the first nation to map their population’s genome. And here in the U.S., the House passed the ‘doc fix’ bill to change Medicare reimbursement formulas for doctors (here’s why it’s a huge boon for digital health).

Rock Weekly: Healthcare still a sad place for diversity

| March 24, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

March 23, 2015

We’re thrilled to announce our latest investment, Collective Health, which just picked up $38M to bring much-needed modernization to employer-sponsored health insurance. Here’s why we’re finally excited about getting coverage from employers.

In addition to funding remarkable companies, we’re also committed to promoting diversity in the industry. Despite making up 78% of healthcare’s workforce, women represent only 6% of CEOs of funded digital health companies and 21% of the C-suite of Fortune 500 healthcare companies. We can do better. Read more in our just-released, third annual State of Women in Healthcare report.

Rock Weekly: Apple:breadth as Google:depth

| March 16, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

March 16, 2015

In less than 24 hours, Apple’s new ResearchKit did what would take 50 medical centers a whole year to do in traditional trials, albeit with some bias toward the rich and healthy. The platform is the latest example of the shifting center of care—but Apple isn’t the only tech giant tackling clinical data, they’re just prioritizing breadth by embracing open-source.

We are too. Join us for our free webinar on The State of Women in Healthcare on March 25th at 10am PT.

Rock Weekly: 17 can’t-miss things at SXSW

| March 09, 2015|Tags:


March 9, 2015

Last week we announced two of our latest investments. Meet Chrono Therapeutics, a digital therapy company that combines smart drug delivery with behavioral medicine software to help people quit smoking—and Evidation Health, a company born out of GE, Stanford, and The Activity Exchange that measures the real-world effectiveness of these exact types of digital health products.

Fancy yourself some digital health events soon? Here’s 17 can’t-miss events for health nerds at SXSW next week and everything you need to know about interoperability—at our office on 3/19.

Rock Weekly: Unintended consequences of digital health

| March 02, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

March 2, 2015

We’re (obviously) over the moon about the growing popularity of digital health—but unintended consequences grow alongside innovation. For one, as the line between patient and consumer gets blurred, so do the regulatory roles of the FDA and theFTC. And let’s not ignore the fact that medical identity theft has risen sharply. We love that healthcare is becoming increasingly digital, but let’s proceed with caution.

What else do we love? Our readers. Here’s 50 free (and sold-out) passes to Launch Festival, which takes over San Francisco this week.