Research

Through our work at the forefront of digital health, we publish research on the trends shaping the future of healthcare. Read our widely-cited digital health funding reports as well as special topics on the healthcare industry.

 Reports

Funding

Four records shattered in digital health's $3.5B, 188 deal half-year

Digital Health Funding 2017 Midyear Review: A record breaking first half

As the digital health sector matures, investors are putting more money into more deals. In the first half of 2017, $3.5B was invested in 188 digital health companies, setting a record for number of companies funded and total amount invested.

Funding

8% fewer dollars invested than in 2015

2016 Year End Funding Report: A reality check for digital health

2016 was a strong year for digital health, but it also created an environment for discretion and focus for founders and investors alike. There were a record number of companies funded; and while the total amount of dollars decreased from 2015, we remain optimistic in the strength of the sector and the value of the companies improving our healthcare system.

Special Topics

90% of consumers want to be in control of their genetic data

The Genomics Inflection Point: Implications for Healthcare

The genomics industry has tremendous potential to move the needle in health. Delivering on the promise of genomics depends on three main factors—many of which are within the purview of digital health. Through our survey of one thousand consumers, we provide novel data and insights regarding adoption, willingness to pay for specific use cases, and explore concerns around privacy and ownership.

Funding

A record-breaking 151 digital health companies raised over $2M

Digital Health Funding 2016 Midyear Review

After years of record-breaking venture funding, digital health finally hit its stride in a year when everyone expected funding to decline. In the first half of 2016, slightly over $2B filled company coffers–on track with both 2014 and 2015.

Special Topics

Will digital biomarkers help us better understand health and disease?

The Emerging Influence of Digital Biomarkers on Healthcare

In healthcare, big data is only valuable when paired with a strong body of clinical evidence. Digital biomarkers are an opportunity to translate new data sources into informative, actionable insights.

Funding

$4.5B in digital health funding in 2015

Digital Health Funding: 2015 Year in Review

2015 was another year of big numbers for digital health—the year closed out with over $4.5B in funding flooding into the space, a sizable increase in the number of later stage rounds, and 187 M&A deals.

Diversity

Only 6% of funded digital health companies have a woman CEO

The State of Women in Healthcare: 2015

This report explores why gender diversity matters in healthcare and what we can do to change the status quo.

Funding

50% of funding accounted by top six categories

Digital Health Funding 2015 Midyear Review

An in-depth look at the investors, companies, and trends that drove digital health funding in the first half of 2015.

Funding

125% year-over-year venture funding growth

Digital Health Funding: 2014 Year in Review

2014 was a record-breaking year. Digital health funding surpassed $4.1B, representing over 125% year-over-year growth.

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Data

Uncover the biggest companies and trends in digital health. Download the raw data behind our widely-cited reports, including every funding deal since 2011.

Digital Health Consumer Adoption Survey Data

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Quick Reads

Short articles to browse.

Q1 2017: Business as usual for digital health

When we started tracking deals in 2011, the newly enacted Affordable Care Act served as a major catalyst for market growth. We’ve only tracked digital health in an ACA-world, so we’ve been on the edge of our seats as the new administration vows to repeal this landmark reform.

Why there is no Uber for healthcare

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

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.

How laws and policies are shaping telemedicine

The rundown of what, how, and why reform is shaping the $36B telemedicine market.

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.

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.

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