Rock Weekly: Are wearables getting creepy?

January 12, 2015

The deluge of CES wearable and health device debuts has come to a close, and discussions were apparently “much more grounded” this year. Marc Benioff said wearable data is “heading to creepy” and the FTC chairwoman expressed concern about privacy in the era of connected devices. But as it turns out, most Americans are just fine sharing their health data for research—and companies are taking them up on it.

We have two big pieces of news from our portfolio companies today! Hot off tracking 3.5M medications at 140 hospitals last year, Kit Check just raised $12M. And Augmedix raised $16M to help doctors do what they do best: take care of patients. Learn more about the Rock Health portfolio.

Headlines

23andMe To Sell Genetic Data To Genentech For $60M Research Project
Forbes

Can A Smartphone Tell If You’re Depressed?
The Wall Street Journal

Population Health Improvement Still A Riddle Wrapped In An Enigma
Modern Healthcare

Big Data Not A Cure-All In Medicine
NPR

The Future Of Medicine Is In Your Smartphone
The Wall Street Journal

Health Premiums Rise More Slowly, But Workers Shoulder More Of Cost
The New York Times

An App That Helps Kids With Autism Make Eye Contact
Adweek

States Forge Ahead With Telehealth Coverage
Healthcare IT News

Rock Health In The News

Self-Tracking Gadgets That Play Doctor Abound At CES
NPR

30 Under 30: The Entrepreneurs Making Healthcare Digital
Forbes

Healthcare Startups Rake In Record Money In 2014
CNBC

Eleven Health And Fitness Apps That Achieve Top Results
Forbes

Funding

Company Amt Investors Source
Apervita $18M Math Venture Partners, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Baird Capital, GE Ventures The Wall Street Journal
Augmedix $16M Emergence Capital, DCM VentureWire
Noom $15.1M Han-Sing Hi-Tech Fund, TransLink Capital, RRE Ventures Crain’s New York Business
goBalto $12.1M Undisclosed MobiHealthNews
Kit Check $12M Kaiser Permanente Ventures, New Leaf Venture Partners, Sands Capital Ventures, Easton Capital Investment Group, LionBird, Rex Health Ventures Washington Business Journal
Welltok $12M Hearst Ventures, Catholic Health Initiatives MobiHealthNews
Par8o $10.5M CHV Capital, Founder Collective, Atlas Venture Xconomy
Fitmob $5M Mayfield Fund, Powder & Fitness to the People, Vast Ventures, Expansion VC, BAM Ventures, Queensbridge Capital, others TechCrunch
Caremerge $4M Cambia Health Solutions, Generator Ventures, GE Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners, Ziegler-LinkAge Longevity Fund MedCity News
Wellbe $2.4M Angels HIT Consultant

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