Healthcare Innovation Needs Policy

Recently I heard an insurance exec speak about innovation opportunities in healthcare. Somehow, he made it through his hour-long talk without once mentioning our President and his healthcare agenda. He talked about the pressing problem and need for solutions for chronic disease management in an aging population, but somehow never mentioned that these problems can’t improve if people aren’t insured. The soliloquy included a lengthy … Continue reading Healthcare Innovation Needs Policy

Digital Health Investments Hitting All-Time High

This article was originally published on Healthegy. Digital health investments are on track to hit an all-time record in 2016, according to Katya Hancock, director of strategic partnerships at StartUp Health, who spoke at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit. Year-to-date for 2016, digital health companies have raised over $6.5 billion in investments, already surpassing the $6.1 billion that was invested in the space last year. The … Continue reading Digital Health Investments Hitting All-Time High

Improving Gender Diversity in Health Tech

This article was originally published on Healthegy.com. Last month, the seventh annual Rock Health Women’s Summit was held in San Francisco to promote gender diversity and support more women leaders in Digital Health. According to research from Rock Health, women are the predominant players in the health care marketplace. Women represent 78% of the health care workforce, make 80% of health care decisions in families, … Continue reading Improving Gender Diversity in Health Tech

Digital Health is Underfunded

Overall venture capital funding made a sharp decline in the last two quarters amid worries (justifiable or not) of a bear market and a funding bubble in technology investments. In contrast to the tech market, however, digital health funding continues to grow at a record pace. According to Rock Health, $4.5B was invested in digital health in 2015 (an increase from $4.3B from 2014) and … Continue reading Digital Health is Underfunded

The Billionaire Doctor Who Plans to Cure Cancer

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to billionaire surgeon-inventor Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong about his plans, both private and through the Cancer Moonshot 2020, to cure cancer. Soon-Shiong, who made his fortune by founding and selling two pharmaceutical companies, has gathered a group of pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and insurers to spur cancer research and to attempt to make breakthrough gains by the year 2020. This effort … Continue reading The Billionaire Doctor Who Plans to Cure Cancer

It’s Time For ‘Gender Lens Investing’ in Healthcare

Today I had the opportunity to speak very briefly at a White House-sponsored roundtable called the “Impact of Gender/Sex on Innovation and Novel Technologies (iGIANT)” in Cambridge, MA.  Other partners for this event were the American Medical Women’s Association, Boston Scientific, and Medstro.  This is what I shared. What I’ve found while working in the digital health space is that there is a significant lack … Continue reading It’s Time For ‘Gender Lens Investing’ in Healthcare

How Jonathan Bush Plans to Build the Health Care Internet

Jonathan Bush, the high profile CEO of athenahealth, has a grand vision of the future of health care and it involves building a “health care Internet.” In this world, primary care physicians are power brokers, connecting and referring patients to a cloud-based network of super-specialists that can care for patients regardless of their geographic proximity. Primary care physicians will be able to find specialists anywhere in … Continue reading How Jonathan Bush Plans to Build the Health Care Internet