We’re proud to announce our newest investment in Vivante Health, the first all-in-one digital solution for digestive health and complex inflammatory conditions. Welcome, Vivante!
$4.2B was invested in digital health through the first half of 2019. The sector continues to experience healthy growth—we still don’t see the telltale signs of an investment bubble. Here we take stock of the capital invested in digital health startups since 2011—$29.4B of which is waiting on liquidity. We examine two avenues to return this capital: public offerings and acquisition by large non-healthcare companies.
We are hiring a Program Manager to lead content creation and planning for our signature events. The Program Manager will spearhead Rock Health’s innovative events, annually hosting thousands of people to cultivate a vibrant digital health community and creating educational content and experiences. This individual will also be key in supporting the development of future, mission-aligned, nonprofit initiatives that go beyond our current lineup of industry-leading events.
Digital therapeutic and pharmaceutical companies are partnering to build, validate, and expand access to new, software-based solutions that improve patient outcomes. This is new territory with few precedents, and the strategies for building successful alliances remain uncertain. Drawing from numerous interviews with digital therapeutic, pharma, and health plan leaders, this research outlines how to overcome execution risks and build successful pharma-digital therapeutic alliances.
Coming off a record-smashing year for digital health funding in 2018, we see funding leveling off in the first quarter of 2019. Meanwhile, after a two-and-a-half-year drought, the digital health IPO market is heating up. Here’s the data and our take on how 2019 is shaking out so far for digital health.
Will artificial intelligence help humanize healthcare and get medicine back on track? Signs point to yes—with a few caveats. Rock Health Managing Director and CEO Bill Evans spoke with leading cardiologist and digital medicine researcher Dr. Eric Topol about his new book, Deep Medicine, which provides a wide-ranging overview of the current state of AI in healthcare. Together with Dr. Topol, we explore the fundamental shift from “shallow medicine” to “deep medicine,” the data and privacy issues at hand, and why there has never been a more urgent window of opportunity to fix healthcare with the transformative potential of AI.
To equip startups with an understanding of what it takes to make it in the employer market, we interviewed our portfolio companies alongside a group of experts who represent the investor and health benefits consultant perspectives. Here’s what we learned—and how a few Rock Health companies are providing meaningful value to employers and employees.
Results from our fourth national consumer survey (2018 data) on digital health adoption and sentiments. Adoption continues to rise while consumers leverage digital health tools to address concrete health needs.
In a banner year for digital health funding, AI/ML companies raced to the top in dollars raised, investors showed excitement about on-demand healthcare services, and more women CEOs closed rounds than ever before—though they still represent a small sliver of the pie.
With a record $8.1B in funding and the absence of an equally robust exit market, there is more scrutiny on digital health than ever before. Will value creation track with recent investment trends? To provide some structure around this question, we validated a simple framework with fellow investors to assess the current “bubbliness” of digital health. Our verdict: digital health is not in a bubble.
Since 2015, Blue Shield of California has partnered with Rock Health to gain exposure to digital health and elevate its position as an innovative healthcare company. Through its partnership with Rock Health, Blue Shield of California has showcased thought leadership, collaborated on research, and gained unparalleled insight into the frontlines of healthcare innovation.
Women are critical stakeholders in healthcare, serving as workers, caregivers, and consumers—yet they do not have an equal voice in the ranks of leadership. Our goal with this annual report is to contribute to a meaningful and actionable dialogue around women in leadership, with the hopes of providing a foundation for our industry to finally turn this dialogue into action.
After seven years, we’ve seen $23B invested into thousands of digital health companies. But we wanted to know: what has been the real-world impact of digital health? We were moved to learn just how many lives had been significantly changed by a new wave of technology. We aim to shift the digital health dialogue from one focused on the degree of investment and future expectations to one about digital health’s effect on patients and healthcare outcomes. In that spirit, this ongoing project brings you stories of people living far outside Silicon Valley and the companies shifting the healthcare status quo who have made an impact on their lives.
AI in healthcare feels inevitable: Optimists predict that artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) will diagnose disease better and earlier, treat illness more precisely, and engage patients more efficiently than today’s healthcare system does. On top of this, AI/ML is expected to streamline business operations and restore sanity (and humanity) to the clinician experience. To separate hype from reality, read our 50-page white paper, Demystifying AI and Machine Learning in Healthcare.