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Other 5/24/21

Ro acquires Modern Fertility: Segment-specific M&A another front in the platform wars

Ro acquiring Modern Fertility represents the opportunity created when segment-specific services for a given population or need—in this case fertility—combine with wide-population focused virtual care platforms. This deal won’t be the last transaction where telehealth and navigation platforms snap up startups focused on segment-specific verticals.

Other 4/13/21

The next Nuance to the platform wars

Yesterday, Microsoft announced it was acquiring Nuance Communications for $16B, the largest digital health acquisition since Teladongo’s starter pistol to the virtual platform wars was fired off last year. Check out our take on why big tech companies are so focused on physician workflow solutions—and what this means for their healthcare strategies going forward.

Other 4/1/21

How to advance healthcare quality though digital health

Where does healthcare quality show up in the virtual healthcare context, and how should innovators, investors, and healthcare providers approach questions about quality in this paradigm? For a clinician’s point of view, we turned to Simon Mathews, Chief Medical Officer of Rock Health portfolio company Vivante Health, to share a perspective on how digital health can play a role in advancing care quality across four dimensions.

Welcoming Katie Drasser as the CEO of Rock Health’s Nonprofit!

Given the growth over the past few years of both Rock Health’s for-profit and our 501(c)(3), we are so excited to announce that Katie Drasser is taking over as the independent CEO to lead Rock Health’s nonprofit!

Funding 1/11/21

2020 Market Insights Report: Chasing a new equilibrium

2020’s stress test to our healthcare system created what felt like a fast forward button for digital health, with unprecedented growth in funding, adoption, policymaking, and national attention. While questions remain about a new equilibrium for the digital health market, this post explores four factors underpinning what we see as a durable investment sector: sustained commitment from investors, new consumer behavior change, rising enterprise buyer appetite, and a breakout exit market.

Other 11/19/20

The other shoe drops: Amazon Pharmacy is here

While the announcement of Amazon Pharmacy resulted in a flurry of headlines, the news itself was a bit anticlimactic. But now that Amazon Pharmacy is here, what will this mean for the online pharmacy industry?

Diversity 11/8/20

Diversity in Digital Health: 2020 Annual Report

In 2020, Rock Health and Dr. Ivor Horn launched a new Diversity in Digital Health initiative. This post showcases key findings from the 678 digital health startup leaders who completed our survey, offering insight into the current state of diversity. Read on for new, data-driven insights to launch conversations and inform how we build a more inclusive digital health community.

Maternity care for the modern era: Our investment in Oula

We’re honored to announce our investment in Oula, a company that is reimagining how women experience pregnancy and delivery. Offering women support from conception through postpartum, Oula brings together the best of obstetrics and midwifery, modern maternity clinics, and an integrated care management technology platform.

Other 10/5/20

The future of healthcare: The end of digital health

Major market forces are accelerating change in a healthcare environment that is ripe for the rapid adoption of innovation. The Rock Health Consulting team shares our take on the future of healthcare—over the coming weeks we will expand upon these themes in a series of deep dives.

Funding 10/5/20

Q3 2020: A new annual record for digital health (already)

Venture capital dollars flowing to US digital health continued to surge in Q3 2020. One thing is for sure—2020 will be the largest funding year ever for digital health, spurred by 24 mega deals so far. Moreover, the stock market’s sharp recovery and pandemic-initiated policy and regulation changes have enabled large competitive moves and commercialization activities.

Other 9/14/20

Continuous Remote Care: Enabling lifestyle interventions that last

Existing models of care often fall short in addressing what is needed to make lifestyle interventions work for patients with chronic illnesses. As an investor in Virta Health, we have been excited to see how the team continues to push the boundaries of virtual care to create transformational health and economic outcomes for patients and payers.

Other 8/6/20

The starter pistol for the virtual care platforms race

A look at the merger between Teladoc and Livongo and what it means for the industry

Research 7/20/20

Digital health’s IPO window is back open

Two digital health companies have gone public since July 1, 2020. These public offerings make it clear that last year’s flurry of IPOs was no fluke—nine digital health companies have gone public over the past fourteen months. With Amwell’s IPO on deck for later this year, it’s clear that the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting financial uncertainty have not dampened public investors’ appetite for new digital health shares.

Funding 7/6/20

2020 Midyear Digital Health Market Update: Unprecedented funding in an unprecedented time

In the midst of a global pandemic and a US recession, US digital health companies raised $5.4B in venture funding across the first six months of 2020. The sector is on track to have its largest funding year ever. Large deals are once again driving the overall trend as average deal size hit a record $25.1M in H1. We take a look at the unprecedented past six months and share our thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 on digital health innovation, funding trends, and the investment area that has raised an eye-popping amount of funding so far this year—behavioral health.

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