Diversity in Digital Health

Updated November 9, 2020.

We’re thrilled to share the findings from the 2020 Diversity in Digital Health initiative! With the support of investors and ecosystem partners, we were able to capture responses from 678 digital health leaders. If you didn’t have a chance to participate, check back in Summer 2021 to complete next year’s survey.

The insights garnered from our quantitative and qualitative data shed light on the current state of diversity in digital health startup leadership. Our intent is to use this as an opportunity to deepen our understanding and target new questions to better understand the experience of different groups within digital health. You can find the full report here.


At Rock Health, we’re investing in healthcare solutions built to impact all of humanity. We believe the best solutions—and businesses—will be created by teams who reflect the diversity of the people they serve. With severe gaps in startup leadership representation, especially among Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), our sector has work to do.

We have work to do in terms of representation among our own team at Rock Health, and both in funding BIPOC founders and supporting diverse talent within our portfolio companies. We’re eager to share more about our internal commitments soon.

As one step in this journey, we’re excited to be partnering with Dr. Ivor Horn on a new research initiative on diversity in digital health. Dr. Horn, most recently Chief Medical Officer at Accolade, brings deep startup expertise as well as her ongoing work as an academic and pediatrician to address inequities in healthcare. We teamed up because right now, there is no means of baselining the racial and ethnic diversity of leadership at digital health startups. Our initiative will include a national survey (currently closed) for leaders of healthcare technology startups that will capture and report aggregate data on:

  • Personal demographics (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation)
  • Company size and funding
  • Individual experiences related to barriers to building their company

For an accurate snapshot of the digital health ecosystem, response rate is key. At Rock Health, we’ve encouraged survey participation among our portfolio. We’re thrilled to be joined by other investors and ecosystem partners who share our commitment to bringing new, actionable information to the ecosystem and have encouraged survey participation from their portfolio company leadership teams.

  • Asset Management Ventures
  • Bessemer Venture Partners
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund
  • California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund
  • Echo Health Ventures
  • Flare Capital Partners
  • Great Oaks Venture Capital
  • HealthTech 4 Medicaid
  • Healthworx
  • Kaiser Permanente Ventures
  • Kapor Capital
  • McKesson Ventures
  • Montreux Growth Partners
  • New Leaf Venture Partners
  • Omers Ventures
  • Onboard Health
  • Precursor Ventures
  • RRE Ventures
  • Venrock

With accurate diversity data and qualitative insight from individual experiences, we hope to work toward addressing disparities in entrepreneurial leadership, non-capital support, and funding. A full report of aggregate findings will be publicly available in Fall 2020.

Thanks to those who completed the survey!

If you’re an investor or entrepreneur who would like to get involved, please reach out to us at diversityinitiative@rockhealth.com. We welcome your feedback, questions, and commitment as we endeavor to build a more inclusive future for healthcare innovation.

Bill Evans and Dr. Ivor Horn

Thank you to a growing group of digital health startups who have committed to sharing the survey with their leadership teams.

Additional information on the 2020 Diversity in Digital Health Survey

The survey asked leaders (Managers and above) to report on: their personal demographics (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation), company maturity (funding, size), and individual experiences with barriers to building their company.

To preserve the confidentiality of the respondents, all results will be shared in aggregate. We did not ask for respondents’ names. All individual responses will go through a de-identification process and will be kept confidential with Dr. Horn.

About us

Rock Health is accelerating the shift to digital-first healthcare. We invest in entrepreneurs and advise large corporations on digital strategy. From its inception almost a decade ago, Rock Health’s industry-leading research has delivered actionable data and market-moving insights. Our annual gender equity report has helped advance the conversation in healthcare. Dr. Ivor Horn is a pediatrician, national leader in addressing inequities in healthcare, and was most recently the Chief Medical Officer of Accolade.