Rock Weekly: Google acquires Rock Health company in biotech push

| September 15, 2014|Tags:


September 15, 2014

The US may have entered a new, “pay less, get more” era of healthcare—but don’t start the party just yet. The Apple Watch didn’t wow the health industry, and the US seems to be losing its scientific momentum. At least neurodegenerative science projects are getting a special boost—from Google. Calico just teamed up with UT Southwestern to develop treatments for Parkinson’s and ALS, and Google[x] acquired Rock Health portfolio company Lift Labs to give people with tremor the ability to eat again.

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How to make wearables work? Digital health coaching.

| September 12, 2014

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Steph Habif and Glennis Coursey

Over the past five years, we’ve seen an explosion of companies working to scale digital health coaching. Rock Health specifically has seen a number of exciting announcements in 2014.

In February, MyFitnessPal announced the acquisition of Sessions. Omada Health completed a Series B funding round of $23 million in April. In May, Weight Watchers acquired Wello, and Kurbo Health announced that it raised $5.8 million to “use digital health coaches to help fight childhood obesity.”

Apple watch and activity trackers’ day of reckoning

| September 11, 2014

Jonathan Palley, Co-founder and CEO, Spire

Activity trackers died and were reborn on Tuesday. With the Apple Watch as well as Jawbone’s announcement that its apps will work with anyone’s hardware (which follows a similar announcement from Misfit), wearable activity tracking is no longer a product—its a feature.

What’s a wearable activity tracking company to do?

Jawbone and Misfit’s answer has been: platform! Wearable-donned people can use their app anywhere while the companies bring all of the user data onto their server. History is not on their side. All the great platforms in technology—from Windows, to iOS to Facebook and even to Google’s ad network—started out with a core technology/business that no one else could replicate. Then came the platform. While we can argue over which activity tracking app is best, the difference and the technology is minimal.

Rock Weekly: Apple announces its comprehensive health and fitness device

| September 09, 2014|Tags:

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The veil was finally lifted on the two most top-secret (and divergent) projects in digital health. Today, Apple revealed its long-rumored smart watch, the Apple Watch, “a comprehensive health and fitness device” to track physical activity and heart rate, and motivate you to reach daily goals—in addition to an improved motion chip, the M8, to better track activity on the iPhone. Elsewhere on the peninsula, the illusive Calico announced a $1.5B R&D center to house their death-fighting campaign.

If that isn’t enough excitement for you, our portfolio company Wellframe just raised $8.5M to improve patient-provider relationships with its artificial intelligence platform. Congrats, team!


The very best in digital health events in September and October

| September 04, 2014|Tags:

September is jam-packed with some of the most exciting events in healthcare. And lucky you—this time we’re giving you a double feature. Get a peek at October events too—then come find Rock Health and friends and take a dive in the digital health deep end at all these stellar events that’ll last you to Halloween.

9/5-7 Stanford Medicine X, Stanford, CA
This year’s Medicine X spotlights issues in mental health, as well as exploring the future of medicine, and opportunities in chronic disease tracking. Hear from ThriveOn founder Alejandro Foung and our own Malay Gandhi in the Emerging Technologies in Mental Health panel on Sunday.


Meet the More Disruption Please pitch competition winners!

| September 02, 2014


We finished off our recent fourth annual Health Innovation Summit in the full-spirit of our mission to support entrepreneurs powering the future of digital health, partnering with athenahealth on a fast pitch contest to find and reward five up-and-coming digital health startups.

Attendees from across the country submitted their ideas over the two-day event and our favorites stood up in front of the audience to share their company stories. Introducing the winners:


Rock Weekly: Inside Apple’s big announcement next week

| September 02, 2014|Tags:

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September 2, 2014

Apple has everyone excited over its suspected unveiling of a health device next week—a supposed $400 wearable that likely won’t ship till 2015. No rush: Gartner says mobile health still needs another 5-10 years before reaching its “plateau of productivity” and widespread market adoption.

It’s the final days for SXSW panel voting—but we’ve got you covered. Here are the five panels you need to vote for to give SXSW the dose of digital health it deserves.

5 SXSW panels you need to vote for

| August 28, 2014|Tags:

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Yea, it’s that time of year again. With only 6 months until SXSW, the first critical step to an awesome time in ‘Silicon Hills’ has arrived: panel picking. To make sure the most stellar topics in digital health are included on your whirlwind trip to Austin, we’ve created this handy guide to make voting easy peazy. So put your coozie-covered Lone Star down and vote now. Polls close September 5th.


4 critical debates for doctors from Health Innovation Summit 2014

| August 27, 2014|Tags:

HISUM panel

Emily Peters, Vice President, Marketing Communications, Doximity

Two days of dynamic conversations at Rock Health’s 2014 Health Innovation Summit covered nearly every topic in medicine; from robotics to HIPAA reform. The packed audience included the big names you’d expect from Silicon Valley VC investor groups, payers, tech companies and health systems. On the physician side, this was the first year that someone from the AMA attended and there were a handful of physicians in the audience.

Of course, not every busy clinician could to make it out to the #HISUM conference, but thankfully, it’s not too late to join the conversation. Here’s four debates from HISUM that every physician should join:


Rock Weekly: “The FDA is no longer the primary authority on innovation”

| August 25, 2014|Tags:

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San Francisco was rattled last week, and not just by the earthquake. At our packed Health Innovation Summit, Genentech CEO Ian Clark declared its intentions with digital health, the inventor of the Google contact lens dished about his move to Amazon, and Vivek Wadhwa proclaimed that the FDA is no longer the primary authority on innovation. It’s no surprise that Todd Park wants back in on the action in Silicon Valley, stepping down as US CTO—and bringing the White House with him.