Rock Health News10/19/16

Where are the 2016 Top 50 in Digital Health now?

Each year, along with Fenwick & West, Goldman Sachs, and Square 1 Bank, we celebrate fifty of the leading entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, reporters, and providers dedicated to bringing technological advancements to healthcare. The best part? You help us decide who to honor for their contributions to digital health. Nominations for this year’s Top 50 in Digital Health close soon, and we want to hear from you—but first, catch up with what 2016 honorees have been up to.


Most Beloved CEO: Owen Tripp, Grand Rounds

With his March article in the Huffington Post, Owen Tripp, the CEO of Grand Rounds, wants to provide other organizations with the building blocks to develop a successful company culture. He has the track record to back it up—Mr. Tripp has maintained a remarkable CEO approval rating on Glassdoor of 96% (the average is 67%). A beloved CEO, indeed.

Best Performing IPO: Fitbit

2015’s best performing IPO is one of the only profitable digital health companies. As a next step, Fitbit CEO James Park notes the shift from merely being a consumer electronics company to making its mark as a digital health company. It has stepped into research with the release of the Fitabase Research Library and is fixing its focus on corporate wellness.

Fastest Growing Company: Doctor on Demand

As part of its continued success in scaling virtual doctor visits, Doctor on Demand proved its commitment to care access in an impressive way. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Doctor on Demand made its medical and mental health services available to anyone in the affected regions at no cost.

Disruptive Leader of the Year: David Ebersman

David Ebersman’s Lyra Health is working to fix mental health in the workplace with its app-based questionnaire that screens for mental health red flags and is paired with an algorithm to connect workers with personalized care.

Angel of the Year: John Noonan

John Noonan raised LifeForce Capital I, his first digital health venture fund, shortly after last year’s awards. LifeForce Capital I’s initial investments are in Advantia, Second Genome, and Able Health. John also joined the board of directors of the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.

Diversity Leadership Award: Mango Health

Honored for a demonstrated commitment to diversity while using game design and mobile software development to improve health outcomes, the team at Mango Health continues to craft a wide range of content for its community—from finding support for multiple chronic conditions to using creativity to cope with stress and pain.

Inventor/Invention of the Year: Color Genomics

Color Genomics caught the digital health community’s eye with its ability to use next generation software, big data, and laboratory automation to drop the cost of genetic testing tenfold. This year, the company announced an additional $45M in funding to provide cheaper tests to detect cancer risk.

Reporter of the Year: Chrissy Farr

No stranger to the digital health beat, 2016 reporter of the year Chrissy Farr has been diving deep into the world of consumer genomics and continues to report on the state of digital health in Silicon Valley.

Most Tech-Friendly Doc: Leslie Saxon

As the founder and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, this digital health champion continues to make waves in healthcare, most recently by overseeing a partnership with Special Hope Foundation to ensure future digital health tools and services meet the needs of those with disabilities.

Best Digital Health Company To Work For: Health Catalyst

Health Catalyst has proven its worth as the best digital health company to work for again and again (and again). It was recently named one of America’s best places to work by Fortune and one of the best places to work in healthcare by Modern Healthcare, among other accolades.

Most Prolific Corporate VC: GE Ventures

According to Rock Health funding data, GE Ventures has participated in seven digital health deals YTD totaling $400M. Among those investments are Rock Health portfolio companies Evidation Health and Chrono Therapeutics!

Best New Startup: Amino

Since being bestowed with the title of coolest new kid on the block, Amino has launched a free, online healthcare cost comparison tool. Amino also made headlines by becoming the first private company certified by the CMS to create new healthcare quality measures under Medicare Data Sharing.

Biggest Digital Health Evangelist: Daniel Kraft, MD

Dr. Kraft has maintained his status as a go-to thought leader for the digital health industry. Another year, another successful Exponential Medicine conference—he continues to lead the conversation on what the future of healthcare will look like. Exploring technology’s promise in medicine, Dr. Kraft was in attendance at the first live streamed VR surgery across the Pond this April.

Digital Health’s Biggest DC Champion: Susannah Fox

Susannah Fox hasn’t let up on breaking the barriers between government and healthcare innovation. She recently advocated innovation as a Trojan horse for change in her interview with The Wall Street Journal.


Who should be recognized as the visionaries of digital health this year? Submit your nominations today—and follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #Top50DH.

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