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Digital Health Summer Summit - Jill Gilbert and Anne DeGheest talk “Digital Health Markets to Watch”
Written by Anne DeGheest // 16 June 2014 // Conferences, digital health

As we ramp up for Digital Health Summer Summit 2014, Anne DeGheest, who will moderate the “Gaining Traction: The Markets to Watch” panel, shares answers to five burning digital health questions:

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Looking Back on 2013, Predictions for 2014
Written by Anne DeGheest // 06 April 2014 // НealthTech Capital, healthtech, HIT, mobile health, digital health

Healthtech and Digital Health investment doubled in 2013 to over $2 Billion.

However, over 73% went to seed and series A investments, with still a flat amount of deals funded by venture capitalists at the series B and C stages.

Are we going to see a growing funding crunch for all these young companies or will we see increasing VC investments?

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WSJ: Beware of Health IT Bubble: Not Enough ‘Actual Business Plans’
Written by Anne DeGheest // 04 February 2014 // Angel funding, digital health

Veteran VC Says Beware of Health IT Bubble: Not Enough ‘Actual Business Plans’ 

Timothy Hay from the Wall Street Journal  wrote a great article after he interviewed me.

With software executives filling out the roster at this year’s JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, and with the reported IPO plans of medical cost-transparency software provider Castlight Health at a $2 billion valuation, information-technology for the health-care industry is beginning to look nearly bulletproof as a sector. But with feverish activity and high valuations comes the danger of a bubble, said veteran investor Anne DeGheest, who was an investor and entrepreneur through the tech boom of the 1990s, and who founded Sand Hill Road firm HealthTech Capital several years ago.

Ms. DeGheest has invested extensively in medical devices and in health-related information technology, and she said she learned in the ‘90s to read the signs of an economic bubble. She sees some of those signs today, telling Venture Capital Dispatch of a potential “Series B crunch” as a number of health entrepreneurs without solid business plans try to raise money from investors.

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Will Digital Health succeed? Any lessons from the Dot Com eHealth failures?
Written by Anne DeGheest // 02 February 2014 // digital health

 HealthTech and Digital Health investment doubled in 2013 to over $2 Billion. However, over 73% went to seed and series A investments, with still a flat amount of deals funded by venture capitalists at the series B and C stages. Are we going to see a growing funding crunch for all these young companies or will we see increasing VC investments?

Will the Digital Health movement succeed? Any lessons from the Dot Com eHealth failures?

With new digital health accelerators opening doors weekly across the country, are we running the risk of another Dot Com like “Bubble”, when too many companies got started with poorly defined business models and an over exuberance of early seed capital that led to a terrible funding crash that killed most of them, including several very good ones?

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Doctors Vs. Technologists: A Medical Prize Fight
Written by Anne DeGheest // 29 July 2013 // digital health, healthtech

Dr. Robert Pearl, CEO of Kaiser Permanente Medical Group wrote a great article in Forbes on Doctors Vs. Technologists: A Medical Prize Fight.

Fighting in the technologists’ corner: Vinod Khosla, a venture capitalist and founder of Khosla Ventures. His opponent: Dr. Abraham Verghese, a physician and author of the best-selling novel “Cutting for Stone.” It was a draw!!

Technologists are making the assumption that medicine is a science that just need to be decoded into sophisticated algorithms like the IBM Watson computer. However, there is still a LOT that we do not understand how the body operates while healthy or under attack from some disease. Several years ago the AMA in the US and a study in Belgium showed that when they did an autopsy of patients who died in hospitals for a year, the original diagnosis had only been correct 50% of the time!


What we need is a collaboration of technologists and doctors to develop new technologies to help us understand what is really happening inside the body..and more importantly how to get the patients to follow the medical recommendations and change their behaviors..the human touch factor! This is why at HealthTech capital we have build a group of members who each bring at least one of the three sets of expertise needed to change healthcare: medical knowledge, understanding of new enabling technologies and understanding on how to engage and change consumer/patients behavior.

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