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Sculley: Domain expertise just as critical as technology in healthcare
Written by Anne DeGheest // 23 January 2012 // Entrepreneur, Š¯ealthTech Capital, mobile health, digital health

As Sculey pointed out " Domain expertise just as critical as technology in healthcare".

In order to succeed in the new digital health space, entrepreneurs need three sets of expertise: healthcare, technology and consumer engagement.

Most entrepreneurs are coming from the technology side with little understanding of the complexity of the healthcare workflow and regulatory oversights. It is critical for entrepreneurs to understand the pain points of all the different stakeholders and design of value proposition for their products that meets the needs of all the healthcare players ...and the consumers.

This is why I founded HealthTech capital, an ecosystem of Angel investors that brings those three sets of expertise to the entrepreneurs we invest in and mentor.

Venture Capital Flows to Cost-Effective Health Care Companies
Written by Anne DeGheest // 07 November 2011 // Angel funding, Entrepreneur

Sarah Varney of KQED interviewed me for the KQED California Report and an upcoming National Public Radio broadcast. 

Pleased listen to the audio link after the short local news.

Medicare and some health plans are beginning to withhold payments for medical mishaps, preventable infections, and readmissions. The federal health law also forces them to pay more attention to how much they're spending. Both factors have a direct effect on the kinds of investments that Silicon Valley venture capitalists are betting on. Reporter: Sarah Varney

What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew Then: Anne DeGheest, MedStars and HealthTech Capital
Written by Anne DeGheest // 25 August 2011 // Entrepreneur

The best angel investors are really “mentor capitalists” at heart, investing capital for not just a financial return, but the opportunity to share their experience and networks. They are driven to do whatever it takes: fixing the product bugs, changing market strategy, dedicating themselves to getting the company off the ground, investors, advisors and/or board members.

The entrepreneur’s relationship to such people must be based on openness and honesty: sharing the good, the bad and the ugly. Often entrepreneurs fall in love with their ideas and cannot answer the famous "So what" questions: what is the value proposition? Who make customer decisions? Who pays and why? The entrepreneur has to articulate clearly why there is a large market that has to have this new products now. Proactive investors, advisors and board members can help answer these questions.

Often the right people for these relationships are industry veterans who have built a business in the entrepreneur’s industry from the ground up, and have known failure as well as success. As “business architects”, they can teach the intricacies of market strategy and finance. They often seek both stock for their “sweat equity” and preferred stock for own cash investment. This aligns them with founders and other common shareholders. Properly recruited they can be one of the biggest factors in a business’s success.

MedStars and HealthTech Capital invest in Niveus
Written by Anne DeGheest // 26 July 2011 // Entrepreneur, Angel funding
For the last 2 years, I have been mentoring Brian Fahey, the founder of Niveus who is now closing on a $2 Million series A from major angel groups. 

My angel group, HealthTech Capital, played a key role with our members investing directly around $600,000. By sharing our due diligence with other angel groups, we helped in creating a powerfull value add syndicate.

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FDA drafts mobile medical app regulations
Written by Anne DeGheest // 22 July 2011 // Entrepreneur

Check Brian Dolan thorough review of the new FDA draft for mobile medical applications

As part of its draft guidance the FDA, of course, had to sketch out its very particular definition of a mobile medical app. The agency broke the definition into three parts: mobile platform, mobile app, and mobile medical application. A mobile platform is a commercial off-the-shelf computing platform “with or without wireless connectivity” that is handheld. Mobile apps are software that can be run on a mobile platform or a Web-based software application that is designed for the mobile platform.   Finally, a mobile medical app is one that meets the definition of "device" according to the FD&C Act, but for this set of draft regulation it also must be "used as an accessory to a regulated medical device" or it must "transform a mobile platform into a regulated medical device."

 Apps that would not be regulated and Apps that would be regulated



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