Research

Through our work at the forefront of digital health, we publish research on the trends shaping the future of healthcare. Browse our widely-cited digital health funding reports and special topics on the healthcare industry below—for full access, get in touch.

 Reports

Report

A guide for business leaders, innovators, and deal makers

Demystifying AI and Machine Learning in Healthcare

AI in healthcare feels inevitable: Optimists predict that artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) will diagnose disease better and earlier, treat illness more precisely, and engage patients more efficiently than today’s healthcare system does. On top of this, AI/ML is expected to streamline business operations and restore sanity (and humanity) to the clinician experience. To separate hype from reality, read our 50-page white paper, Demystifying AI and Machine Learning in Healthcare.

Funding

An all-time high $5.8B in digital health's most significant year yet

2017 Year End Funding Report: The end of the beginning of digital health

2017 was a record-smashing year for digital health, with venture funding approaching $6B and the most mega deals ($100M+) to date. It’s clear that the early game has concluded and digital health is entering the “middle innings” as an investment sector.

Diversity

Nearly half of women surveyed believe it will take 25+ years to achieve gender parity in the workplace

Women in Healthcare 2017: How does our industry stack up?

Women are critical stakeholders in healthcare, serving as workers, caregivers, and consumers—yet they do not have an equal voice in the ranks of leadership. Our goal with this report is to contribute to a meaningful and actionable dialogue around women in leadership, with the hopes of providing a foundation for our industry to finally turn this dialogue into action.

Special Topics

70% of digital health pilots converted to paying customers

Streamlining Enterprise Sales in Digital Health

For digital health startups, it’s increasingly a B2B world—and innovators are acutely feeling the challenges of enterprise sales. Selling to payers, providers, biopharma companies, and others is a tough game across the board. Sales cycles are long, requiring patience and a knack for relationship building. Finding the right buyer in a big organization can be disorienting. And crafting the pitch is tricky when talking to a complex, multi-faceted enterprise customer.

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

46% of consumers have adopted three or more digital health technologies

50 things we now know about digital health consumers

Results from our 2016 digital health consumer adoption survey. For full access to the survey data, report, and all of our research, become a Rock Health partner—email partnerships@rockhealth.com.

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.

For full access to the report and all of our research, become a Rock Health partner—email partnerships@rockhealth.com.

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.

For full access to the report and all of our research, become a Rock Health partner—email partnerships@rockhealth.com.

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.

For full access to all of our funding reports and database, become a Rock Health partner—email partnerships@rockhealth.com.

Special Topics

80% of consumers have adopted at least one digital health technology

Digital Health Consumer Adoption: 2015

Results from our landmark national survey on the adoption trends in digital health.

For full access to our consumer adoption reports and survey data, become a Rock Health partner—email partnerships@rockhealth.com.

Special Topics

71% of venture-backed predictive analytics companies use clinical data

The Future of Personalized Healthcare: Predictive Analytics

A look at the challenges and promises of using new and existing sources of data to deliver personalized care.

For full access to this report and all of our research, become a Rock Health partner—email partnerships@rockhealth.com.

Special Topics

5x growth in venture funding since 2011

The Future of Biosensing Wearables

A review of the current landscape and future of biosensing wearables.

For full access to this report and all of our research, become a Rock Health partner—email partnerships@rockhealth.com.

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. For full access to this report and all of our research, become a Rock Health partner—email partnerships@rockhealth.com.

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.

 

Data

Uncover the biggest companies and trends in digital health. Learn more about the digital health venture database that drives our quarterly funding insights.

Digital Health Funding Database

Learn more about the digital health venture database that drives our quarterly funding insights.

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Quick Reads

Short articles to browse.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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