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

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

GV’s Approach to Healthcare Investing: An Interview with Dr. Krishna Yeshwant

Please note:  This article was originally published on TechCrunch.com. Healthcare investments — in particular, investments in digital health — are booming, and don’t seem to be slowing down. According to CB Insights, digital health funding hit nearly $5.8 billion in venture funding last year, surpassing the previous record of $4.3 billion in 2014. One of the top venture firms, GV (previously known as Google Ventures), … Continue reading GV’s Approach to Healthcare Investing: An Interview with Dr. Krishna Yeshwant

Walgreens: Investing in the Power of the Patient

Thanks in part to Affordable Care Act reforms and the rise of digital health, patients now have more skin in the game, more health care tools at their disposal, and more information than ever before to take charge of their own health. Dr. Harry Leider, CMO and Group VP of Walgreens, speaking on a panel at last week’s Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston, said … Continue reading Walgreens: Investing in the Power of the Patient

A Peek Inside the Harvard Forum on Health Care Innovation

The Harvard Forum on Health Care Innovation, a joint collaboration between Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School, was recently held in Cambridge, Mass, on April 15-16, 2015. This private, invitation-only event assembled an elite group that included HBS and HMS alumni and faculty, as well as other key opinion leaders in healthcare. Cara Sterling, Director of HBS’s Health Care Initiative, who organized the event, … Continue reading A Peek Inside the Harvard Forum on Health Care Innovation

Key Healthcare Takeaways from HxRefactored

Health Experience Refactored (HxRefactored), a conference co-hosted by health innovation event planner Health 2.0 and design agency Mad*Pow, recently met at the Westin Boston Waterfront on April 1 and 2, 2015. There was an impressive turnout of professionals from diverse industries, all gathering to discuss how to improve healthcare through better patient-centered design. The two-day event was jam-packed with keynotes from influential speakers, panel discussions, exhibits, … Continue reading Key Healthcare Takeaways from HxRefactored