Digital Health Funding Soars To Record $2.3 Billion
Digital health is booming, thanks to rapid technological development in sensors and medical devices, and a huge boost from venture capital investors who are keen on supporting products toward market success.
Halfway into 2014, at least 143 companies who are engaged in digital health has each raised at least $2 million, driving up the total venture funding in this space to a record-high $2.3 billion, according to a recent report from startup accelerator Rock Health. The amount easily surpasses the $1.97 billion funding recorded for all of 2013, and means that the space has grown a robust 168 percent year-on-year.
Venture funding in digital health outpaced other traditional health sectors. Digital health funding grew 85 percent for the first quarter year-on-year, compared to 72 percent for software, 22 percent for biotech, 5 percent for medical devices, and 57 percent for all health sectors combined. Medical device companies have been busy buying digital health companies in recent months, Rock Health notes.
The midyear report indicates that investors are putting bigger stakes in startups this year. The average round of funding is now estimated to be at $15.6 million -- or over $5 million more compared to last year. The focus remained on early stage funding (seed and series A) with 57 percent of the total deals. The number of deals increased 64 percent over the past year.
Rock Health says the influx of funding this year is from six major sources: payer administration ($211 million), digital medical devices ($206 million), analytics and big data ($196 million), healthcare consumer engagement ($193 million), population health management ($162 million), and personalized medicine ($150 million).
Fuente: Rock Health
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