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121 AI/ML digital health companies have raised a total of $2.7B, with 206 deals from 2011 through 2017

The AI/ML use cases investors are betting on in healthcare

Last month, we released our whitepaper, Demystifying AI and Machine Learning in Healthcare. In this latest blog post, you’ll learn how venture funding gives us a glimpse into the AI/ML use cases taking hold now—and those areas that aren’t ripe yet. ICYMI: Our first post established a framework to understand the algorithms underpinning AI to allow stakeholders to more readily identify true breakthrough innovation.


AI, machine learning, & deep learning were the must funded differentiating technologies in 2017

A new research tool for a new phase of digital health: the analyses we now support

2017 was a record year for digital health by many accounts: total funding far surpassed previous years, there were more investors participating in digital health deals, and we saw more mega deals of $100M+ than ever before. With the industry maturing and entering its “middle innings,” we significantly expanded our Digital Health Funding Database and the information we track on every venture deal and company.

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16% of companies funded in Q3 2017 are led by women CEOs

In digital health’s biggest year of funding, women CEOs emerge as Q3 2017 winners

2017 is already the largest year yet for digital health funding—but the funding spike of Q2 has steadied. Q3 funding came in at $1.2B, bringing the YTD total to $4.7B and pushing funding beyond the prior historic annual high of $4.6B in 2015. Of note: 16% of the 83 deals this quarter were raised by companies led by women CEOs, up from 11% at the half-year mark.

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4 The average number of physician visits per year

Why there is no Uber for healthcare

The unit economics are far more challenging for on-demand healthcare versus other on-demand sectors.

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12% Percent of national health spending that is out-of-pocket

Healthcare reform puts consumers in charge

As individuals become accustomed to being responsible for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, digital health companies can take advantage of the trend towards consumerism to educate and empower patients to make smarter purchasing decisions.

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$418M raised by at-home patient management companies in 2014

The shifting center of care

Digital health has an enormous opportunity to reduce hospital readmissions and keep costs down by extending care beyond the clinical setting and into a patient’s home.

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4% the rise of healthcare costs

How healthcare reform impacts digital health

Healthcare reform is fueling digital health funding. You’ve probably heard a variation or two of that statement so here’s a look at how and why healthcare reform has helped define the digital health landscape. In a series of posts, we’ll explore the legislative landscape, starting with this overview and then diving into telemedicine, at-home patient management, and healthcare consumer engagement over the next few weeks.