Deal activity in 2014 YTD by 20 top VC firms including Sequoia, Greylock and Andreessen Horowitz has already surpassed the yearly totals of each of the past six years. We break down where the smart money is going.
According to CB Insights data, funding to digital health/health IT companies has already topped $2.2B in the first half of 2014.
With the space becoming increasingly crowded and well-funded, one effective way innovation trackers can understand which areas (and likely companies) will play a key role in future of the digital health space is by following the smart money.
Analyzing the digital health/health IT investment activity of 12 of the top venture firms as identified by our tech unicorn VC analysis and 8 other top tier firms based on our Investor Mosaic models, we analyzed where the smart money is going in digital health / health IT. Specifically, the VC firms whose digital health investments are analyzed include:
- Accel Partners
- Andreessen Horowitz
- Battery Ventures
- Benchmark Capital
- Bessemer Venture Partners
- Greylock Partners
- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
- New Enterprise Associates
- Redpoint Ventures
- Sequoia Capital
- Union Square Ventures
- Spark Capital
- Index Ventures
- Khosla Ventures
- Founders Fund
- Google Ventures
- Felicis Ventures
- Floodgate Fund
- First Round Capital
The data on their health IT / digital health bets is below.
2014 is already a record year for digital health investments by top VCs
Peeling back deal activity within the digital health/health IT market since 2008 by these 20 VC firms highlights that deal activity in 2014 YTD has already surpassed the yearly totals of each of the past six years. There have been 42 deals by the 20 firms through Aug. 26, 2014. Total deals by the 20 firms grew 167% in 2013 compared to 2010. It’s clear that smart money sees massive opportunity in the sector.
Hot areas include on-demand healthcare, data analytics
To better visualize the connections and specific areas the 20 VCs are investing within the digital health and health IT universe, we used the CB Insights’ Business Social Graph. Of the select investors, Kleiner Perkins, Founders Fund and Khosla Ventures have been most active in the ecosystem over the period. Of the smart money VCs, Redpoint Ventures has not invested in the space. Despite the boom in NY digital health, Union Square Ventures has done just two deals in the space – the latest being Toronto-based medical photo sharing startup Figure 1 although based on recent posts by the firm’s partners, it appears the firm may get more active.
Within the digital health / health IT space, there are a few key areas where these brand-name venture firms appear to see the most opportunity for disruption. Analyzing the Business Social Graph, we found four markets that smart money VCs seem particularly keen on. These include
- Healthcare cost transparency – Companies providing price transparency solutions with the goal of facilitating healthcare insurance plans and prescription complexities for consumers, businesses as well as patient billing, costs and services for healthcare companies. Firms include Stride Health (NEA, Kleiner Perkins), Pokitdok (CRV), GetInsured (Bessemer Venture Partners) and Eligible (Andreessen Horowitz).
- Big data healthcare analytics – Companies offering verticalized predictive and prescriptive data and analytics solutions for the healthcare sector. Firms include Comprehend Systems (Sequoia Capital), Zephyr Health (Kleiner Perkins), Health Catalyst (Sequoia Capital) and SolveBio (Andreessen Horowitz).
- Quantified self – Companies using sensor and data technologies to track health and wellness areas including calories burned, steps taken or sleep rate and transmitting the information to you digitally. These companies, often part of the wearables space, include both software and wearable tech startups including MyFitnessPal (Kleiner Perkins, Accel), Jawbone (Sequoia, Khosla, Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz), Misfit (Founders Fund, Khosla), Pebble (CRV).
- Real-time healthcare – Companies offering platforms and technologies to get on-demand access to healthcare and/or licensed health practitioners, consultations and education. As we’ve previously highlighted, financing growth in the telehealth space has been significant. These include Doctor on Demand (Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures), Healthtap (Khosla Ventures), First Opinion (Felicis Ventures, Greylock Partners) and TalkSpace (Spark Capital).
As both tech and healthcare corporations track the fast-changing landscape of digital health, following the markets and companies where smart money investors are focusing their attention is a great way to really see where disruptive technologies and business models are taking shape.
A list of the digital health/health IT companies in this analysis is available on the ‘Research’ tab, after logging in to CB Insights. Note: This research is only available to paid subscribers with access to CB Insider.
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