8/6/18

The Rock Weekly

A new kind of payer on the block

You’ve likely noticed: there’s a new kind of payer on the block and incumbents and investors are watching their every move. Born to deliver enhanced consumer experience in a value-based care paradigm, we dove into how these next-gen payers (and providers)—Oscar, Iora, Clover, and others—are managing their approach to innovation, with a focus on how they've partnered with other startups. 

Speaking of next-gen healthcare, in our 2016 report on digital biomarkers, we asked if consumer-generated data from connected digital tools could provide value beyond traditional biomarkers to understand health and disease. Today it’s clear the answer is “yes”—but where do we stand? We sat down with Evidation’s Chief Data Scientist to talk about digital biomarkers' use in clinical trials, evaluation methods, and the greatest challenges ahead

Headlines

Next-Generation Payers And Providers
Setting a strategy for tech-enabled innovation Rock Health

Castlight To Restructure Business After Walmart Walks
Walmart decided to part ways rather than migrate over to the company's new platform MobiHealthNews

Computer Simulations Can Predict The Spread Of HIV
Genetic signatures trace origin of infection and its potential path through populations ScienceDaily

How A Rushed CA Law Will Change Health App Privacy, Security Landscape
The law will require significant and challenging operational changes MobiHealthNews

"Glaring Gap"Seen In DNA Privacy Pledges By 23andMe, Ancestry
Helix, who worked on guidelines, says, "This is really a jumping-off point" Bloomberg

Carl Icahn Wants To Block Cigna-Express Scripts Merger
Icahn apparently has taken a "sizable" position in Cigna (although it's still below 5%) Axios

This Co-Op Lets Patients Monetize Their Own Health Data
Healthcare companies, practitioners connect with patients—who inform their work and get paid Fast Company

Digital Health, Social Media Use, And Mental Well-Being Among Young Adults
The report looks at associations between self-reported social media use and mental well-being Hope Lab

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Rock Health in the News

Evidation Health Brings In $30M, Launches New Data Analytics Platform
They're also hiring. See what they're working on, (incl. using digital biomarkers in clinical trials) MobiHealthNews

Gender Inequality Still Plagues The Healthcare Industry. Women Are Fed Up
Data from our 2018 report on women in healthcare STAT

Study Shows Link Between Physician Burnout And Medical Errors (Augmedix)
"It’s undoubtedly the organizational issues that cause burnout and that need changing" The Sacramento Bee

Recent Funding

  • Connected fitness equipment maker Peloton closed $550M
  • Omniome closed a $60M Series B for its genomic sequencing technology
  • Cigna and Blue Cross plans participated in telehealth company MDLive's $50M round
  • Our portfolio company Evidation Health raised $30M and launched the first data platform to measure how behaviors, medical conditions, and symptoms interact
  • GV led a $30M round in Verana Health to improve clinical research using EHR data
  • Health record analytics software developer HealthMyne added $15M
  • Naked Labs raised $14M for its 3D body scanning mirror
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