2018 Midyear funding review: Digital health déjà vu in yet another record breaking half

It’s déjà vu for digital health, with yet another record breaking half for venture funding. The continued upward trajectory from 2017 through the first half of 2018 is not a fluke. Instead, this sustained growth is indicative of the maturation one would expect from a stable, emerging investment sector (coupled with a strong overall venture ecosystem). Read on to learn our five key findings from this eventful half.

Five things we learned from industry leaders about AI in healthcare

While the Enterprise Insights Forum is invite-only, some tidbits were too good not to share. In our latest podcast episode, we recount the opening session of the day with Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF, Dr. Bob Wachter, and Google Ventures partner and physician-scientist Dr. Vineeta Agarwala exploring what algorithms will do for healthcare—and when. Read on for five key themes and takeaways from two of the day’s sessions about enterprise adoption of AI-driven innovation.

Nominate a patient, caregiver, or advocate to attend Rock Health Summit 2018

Do you know someone with a chronic illness, disease, or injury whose health experience has been impacted by technology? Their voices are integral to the conversations we have at Rock Health Summit. This year, we’re excited and honored to offer a handful of nominees complimentary passes and an opportunity to speak at the event. Nominate someone you know (or yourself) to attend.

Welcoming our newest partner, ZS

As 2018 nears the halfway point, we’re grateful for the support we’ve received thus far from our incredible industry partners and eagerly look ahead to the work that’s still left to be done. Tomorrow, we’ll convene 200 enterprise leaders, academics, entrepreneurs, and technologists for actionable conversations at our Enterprise Insights Forum. We know exponential improvements in healthcare are only possible when industry players come together and join forces to achieve more than can be accomplished alone. That’s why today, we’re excited to announce our partnership with ZS.

How should the FDA approach the regulation of AI and machine learning in healthcare?

Rock Health and Evidation convened experts to explore key questions—and we want to know what you think.

Announcing our partnership with Accenture

Rock Health supports entrepreneurs working to make our healthcare system massively better for every human being—and this work is made possible in large part by the industry leaders we partner with. As we continue to push for progress in healthcare, we are thrilled and honored to welcome one of our newest partners—Accenture.

You’ve run a successful digital health pilot. Now what?

One of the biggest challenges enterprises face in adopting innovation isn’t a failed pilot—it’s a successful one. With the need to scale, the real work begins: aligning stakeholders, finding the budget for full deployment, integrating new solutions into current workflows, and shifting hearts and minds in favor of organizational change.

Podcast: How non-traditional players are shaping healthcare transformation

As one of the last industries to undergo technological transformation on an exponential scale, healthcare is ripe for change—and attracting the attention of diverse industries like never before. What opportunities do transportation, finance, food, and other companies see in healthcare? What trends are leading non-traditional companies into this balkanized industry? And what lessons should healthcare learn from them?

How 100+ CEOs are navigating digital health’s middle innings

Over 100 digital health CEOs joined us last month at the sixth annual Digital Health CEO Summit, co-hosted with Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship, BioQuest, and Match Point Partners. The Summit provided startup CEOs with a space for candid conversations about the challenges and triumphs of building a digital health company. They discussed what it means for digital health to be maturing as a sector, the challenge of simultaneously building products and testing new business models within an evolving industry, and what it takes to make this job sustainable—and enjoyable.

Q1 2018: Funding keeps climbing as digital health startups double down on validation

On the heels of the biggest year in venture funding, the digital health space is starting off 2018 with a bang: record Q1 funding of $1.62B, three $100M+ mega-deals, and a massive exit. Compared to last year, the commotion from policy debates has largely settled and a path to regulatory clarity has emerged. On our end, we’ve launched a couple of new sections within our funding post—check out our deep investor analysis as well as an update on the sometimes elusive, always critical quest of every digital health company: validation.

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