Rock Health released their midyear review of the digital health space this week. 2015 continues to show robust growth, keeping at pace with 2014. Rock Health is doing excellent work to capture the sector’s activity. Below are some of my biggest takeaways from their review:

  • Dollars in digital health totaled more than 8% of venture funding (US$2.1B) in the U.S.;
  • Twenty-five percent of the money was funnelled to fund growth of Jawbone (US$300M) and NanHealth (US$200M);
  • Wearables (mainly Jawbone), biosensors, big data and analytics (Health Catalyst) are areas of interest for investors;
  • Larger life sciences venture funds are becoming more active in the sector;
  • M&A activity is booming this year. In 2014, Rock Health tracked a total of 95 company acquisitions. Halfway through 2015, they have already witnessed 92 deals.


We cannot say the same thing about the sector North of the border. Why?


Feedback? Reaction?

Jean-François Pariseau

I started my professional career as a wannabe entrepreneur, building two start-ups from the ground-up while writing my thesis. After a couple of years drinking from that particular fire hose, I took a sabbatical to complete a MBA. I was then recruited by a global pension fund to join the dark side as a VC and never looked back. I’ve been scouting Canada ever since, trying to find the next big idea that will disrupt healthcare. I have a passion for people who share a common vision to build global leaders in their marketplace. When I’m not on a plane on my way to meet with great people, you can find me on a bike somewhere between Montreal and Mallorca, or in the car driving the kids to the dojo or cheerleading classes.

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  • antieli2

    October 8, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Very cool. Do you think the growth in digital health has mirrored the rise of consumer technology? As consumer technology shifts to the cloud will the issues surrounding privacy, which could be more relevant to digital health (e.g., patient health records) contribute to a slow down?

    – Firhan Malik

  • JFPariseau

    October 9, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Data seems to suggest that. I do not believe privacy is a factor for consumers/patients. Institutions, however use privacy as a gating factor to adopt new technologies and they’re completely missing the point.

    • Firhan Malik (@Fear_Jaan)

      October 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Thank you for the response Jean-François. Privacy has become a deterrence to adoption, I agree. Do investors look at the hesitation from institutions as a negative against providing financing to promising digital health startups? Or are investors (and VCs) more focused on the end user, and the overall marketplace for digital health?

      In other words, is privacy less of a concern to the people providing the money than to the institutions providing data?