IDG Contributor Network: How healthcare can overcome the risk and costs of harnessing digital health innovation

Digital health funding reports from venture capital (VC) firm Rock Health released recently indicate that funding levels in Q1 2019 are down from the previous quarter. At $916 million, U.S. digital health funding in Q1 was half of what it was for the same period in 2018. Considering that 2018 saw $8.1 billion in digital health funding, the annualized funding numbers based on Q1 may fall well short of the blistering growth rates we have seen for the past two years. The numbers, when adjusted for late-stage fundraising by a handful of well-established firms like Health Catalyst and Livongo who have been around for a few years and have raised half a billion or more individually in VC money, may look even less.

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