Patterns in capital concentration among digital health startups

We've reported record levels of funding for digital health in four of the past five years. Q1 2019 shows signs that funding is leveling off compared to 2018's record-smashing $8.1B total. Here we take a deeper look at patterns in capital concentration in digital health. We line up our analysis with insights from Michael Greeley, our good friend who explored the trend towards capital concentration in VC overall in his recent blog post.

Imagining a world free of diabetic foot ulcers: Our investment in Podimetrics

Since 2012, Podimetrics has worked tirelessly on a remote patient monitoring (RPM) solution to tackle the devastating problem of diabetic foot ulcers. With clinically validated sensor technology and care coordination, Podimetrics is now launching its product to additional commercial payers and at-risk providers. We’re thrilled to announce our participation in Podimetrics’ $13.4M Series B.

Life after Lantern: All Mental Health wants to make evidence-based mental health resources accessible by all

Lantern, a digital mental health company that became part of Rock Health’s portfolio in 2013, wound down its customer operations in July 2018. The startup had raised over $20M in its lifetime, and supported individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and disordered eating. “The biggest reason we were unable to scale our services was we didn’t focus on one market,” explains Lantern co-founder and former CEO Alejandro Foung.

The future of healthcare is in the cloud: Announcing our partnership with Google Cloud

Our conviction that innovation requires elevating both digital health entrepreneurs and enterprise leaders is a key reason we’re thrilled to announce our newest corporate partner, Google Cloud.

Building pharma-digital therapeutic alliances

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.

Q1 2019: The end of the digital health IPO drought comes into sight

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.

Want to create meaningful change in the US healthcare system? Serve a “tour of duty” in the government

The future of American healthcare is tightly bound to what happens within government. But there’s too little participation by the healthcare innovation community on national policy and regulatory issues. Without a seat at the table, incredibly important decisions are being made everyday with minimal input from entrepreneurs and innovators.

Podcast: Dr. Eric Topol on how AI can get medicine back on track

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.

What it takes to build a successful enterprise-startup partnership in digital health

To ultimately serve patients, most digital health solutions go to market via large enterprises, whether through payers, providers, biopharma, or employers. The size and complexity of these organizations mean a startup’s technology alone is rarely enough to drive a sale and broad adoption. That’s why effective digital health companies build expertise not just in their product, but in cultivating relationships with large enterprises and implementing solutions across them to reach patient populations at scale.

How Rock Health portfolio companies stand out in a crowded employer health market

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.

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