7/6/20

The Rock Weekly

Digital health’s unexpected, unprecedented funding run

The first half of 2020 was beset by a perfect storm of maladies. At the end of Q1, we anticipated a swift, pandemic-driven slowdown in digital health funding. While there was a downswing, we couldn’t have predicted the subsequent reversal—funding topped $5.4B in the biggest H1 on record. There has never been a greater need—or demand—for tech-enabled healthcare, a sentiment that investors have resoundingly affirmed.

Read our just-released Midyear Digital Health Market Update for our take on funding and exit activity amidst the rise of virtual care and behavioral health. And go deeper with leaders from Rock Health, Bessemer Venture Partners, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, and Fenwick & West on 7/30 in a conversation about the outlook for digital health. RSVP here.

Headlines

Midyear Update: Unprecedented Funding In An Unprecedented Time
The first six months of the year were full of surprises for digital health Rock Health | (Tweet)

Health Benefits Platform Accolade Goes Public
The company raised $220M at a $1.2B valuation in its debut GeekWire | (Tweet)

Walmart Divulges Plans For 'Healthcare Supercenters'
Where a primary care visit costs just $40—no strings attached MedCity News | (Tweet)

Does AI Have A Role In End-Of-Life Care?
Using AI’s cold calculus to nudge the most human of conversations STAT | (Tweet)

A Breakdown Of Apple's New Sleep Tracking Tech
It’s more about achieving goals than generating tons of data CNBC | (Tweet)

Your Home Is Now Your Gym
Virtual fitness activities are here to stay Axios | (Tweet)

Groups Call For Greater Scrutiny Of Google-Fitbit Deal
It’s a test case for antitrust regulators and future acquisitions FierceHealthcare | (Tweet)

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