Ro, Ro, Ro your boat (into women’s health)

Among myriad recent platform consolidation moves, Ro announced last week that it will acquire Modern Fertility. The deal represents the opportunity created when segment-specific services for a given population or need—in this case fertility—combine with wide-population focused virtual care platforms. Despite women’s health companies securing only $58M of the $6.7B raised by digital health companies in Q1 2021, the Ro acquisition signals a belief—one that we share at Rock Health—that segment-specific verticals represent a large and growing market opportunity, and a chance to vastly improve the care experience for discrete (and oft-overlooked) populations and needs. Read more of our thoughts here.

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