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Digital Health Update

With thanks to:

Storyofdigitalhealth.com Resource List

Digital Health Organizations, Institutes, Centers – NEW!

United States

UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation
UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Harris Center for Precision Wellness
Duke Global Digital Health Science Center
Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI)
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Canada Health Infoway

Digital Health & Care Institute

Digital Health-focused VC Funds

Most Active in 2014

Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers – 7
Khosla Ventures – 7
Sequoia Capital – 6
Andreessen Horowitz – 6
First Round Capital – 5
Venrock – 5
Bessemer Venture Partners – 4
Data Collective – 4
Norwest Venture Partners – 4
SC – 4
Founders Fund – 4
True Ventures – 4

Most Active in 2013

Khosla Ventures – 9
Andreessen Horowitz – 9
General Catalyst Partners – 7
Norwest Venture Partners – 7
Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers – 6
Maverick Capital – 6
Sandbox Industries – 6
The Social Capital Partnership – 6
Venrock – 6
Founders Fund – 6
Excel Venture Management – 5
Aberdare Ventures – 5
SV Angel – 5
Most active in 2012

Qualcomm Ventures – 5
Aberdare Ventures – 5
Merck Global Health Fund – 5
West Health Investment Fund – 4
NEA – 4
BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners – 3
Council Capital – 3
Khosla Ventures – 3
Top 12 Venture Capital Firms Funding the 50+ Market – StartUp Health

Organizations & Companies Running Digital Health Prizes, Challenges, and Code-a-Thons

University of Utah’s Sorenson Center for Innovation and Discovery

Games4Health Challenge
Aetna Foundation

Healthier World Innovation Challenge: – $4.5 Million Challenge to Accelerate Digital Health Innovation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ONC “Market R&D Pilot Challenge”, A New Prize Challenge to Catalyze Health IT Innovation

AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards

Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE
Health 2.0

Re-imagining Consumer Health With Windows 8 And Healthvault Challenge
Novartis Thalassemia App Challenge
RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge
Blue Button Co-Design Challenge
Other Innovation Catalysts

Luminary Labs
Philadelphia Health IT Circle
Various Grants

National Space And Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Industry Forum Grant (from NASA’s grant fund) SMARTCAP – Accel 2013
Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health
Gates Foundation’s Records for Life RFP
US Government

FedBizOpps.gov (FBO)
NIH Reporter

NantHealth Update

Remember Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and NantHealth?

He is the LA billionaire I met in 2013. I was saying “watch him make his next move” in 2013 when he came to Coke and showed a vision of how he wanted to revolutionize health care. I drove in a car with him to see if he could use some of his genomic knowledge to help my friend John Farrell live (it was too late but he really tried hard and I came to respect him as a physician and oncologist).

His vision them was for a revolution in health care based on breathtaking new genomic understandings, including how genes changed over time, combined with revolutionary new home appliances that would record cloud-based data relevant to your personal health, e.g. a scale that recorded weight and pill bottles that recorded compliance with medications.

In any event ….

Take a look at his investors – – – $320 million so far, from elite players:

I’m reminded of what Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is doing with NantHealth, which is a lot more opaque other than the approximate $320M of private equity money invested to date by Sovereign Wealth Fund, Kuwait Investment Authority, Verizon, Celgene, Blackberry, and Blackstone.

Digital Health Again

So everyone is talking about Dr. Eric Topol as he speaks about his new book and it’s implications. Very provocative.

My own take is – things take a LONG time to happen. Dr. Topol talks about 17 years and – sadly – I think he is right. However, the amount of real change that is available to early adopters right now is scary good. Look out 18 months and it is even better.

Digital Health

This “super-convergence” in medicine, triggered by cheap genetic sequencing and sensors, makes good sense, but the tiny implanted sensors that track things blood pressure, oxygen saturation, blood glucose, heart and respiratory rates – these are probably way out there.

Available now????
– an add-on to a smartphone which does eye refraction and then sends the prescription to get your glasses made, bypassing the optician.
– skin lesion scanned and get a message back quickly saying that there’s nothing to worry about, or not, which would have big implications for a dermatologist.