The most promising 150 private digital health startups working to transform the healthcare industry with new models of primary care to emerging tech solutions for providers.
CB Insights’ first ever annual cohort of Digital Health 150 startups is a list of 150 of the most promising private companies creating innovative products and services in the $5T+ healthcare industry, according to CB Insights’ Industry Analyst Consensus.
Our research team selected the 150 startups from a pool of 5K+ companies based on several factors, including patent activity, investor profile, news sentiment analysis, proprietary Mosaic scores, market potential, partnerships, competitive landscape, team strength, and tech novelty.
For the purposes of this report, digital health is defined as companies in the healthcare space that use technology/software as a key differentiator from their competition. This includes everything from disease diagnostics to tech-driven health insurance platforms to AI tools for drug discovery, and more.
Startups are categorized by their main focus areas. Categories in the market map below are not mutually exclusive.
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Table of contents
- 150 startups in different stages of R&D
- Most well-funded companies
- Startups outside the United States
- Most active investors
- Themes & trends
- Table of the Digital Health 150 companies
150 startups in different stages of R&D
The Digital Health 150 companies span a wide spectrum of categories that involve all three key stakeholder groups for the healthcare industry — providers, payers, and patients.
These companies range from emerging startups to established unicorns (companies with $1B+ valuations). The selected companies represent a mix of startups at different stages of funding and product commercialization.
For example, China-based We Doctor has a valuation of $5.5B and provides primary care services that leverage its tech platforms and provider network.
In contrast, RDMD is an early-stage company specializing in drug discovery efforts for rare diseases. The company plans to aggregate data to help develop treatments for a range of conditions.
A total of 17 companies on the list are unicorns (private companies valued at $1B+). Of these, 12 companies are US-based, 3 are based in China, 1 is based in France, and 1 is based in the UK.
|Company||Category||Country||Max Valuation ($M)|
|We Doctor||Providers: Primary Care||China||5500|
|Oscar Health||Insurance & Benefits||United States||3200|
|Tempus||Drug R&D: Real-World Evidence||United States||3100|
|GoodRx||Pharma Supply Chain||United States||2800|
|Babylon Health||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United Kingdom||2000|
|Devoted Health||Insurance & Benefits||United States||1800|
|HeartFlow||Diagnostics: Imaging||United States||1500|
|Proteus Digital Health||Digital Therapeutics||United States||1326|
|Butterfly Network||Diagnostics: Imaging||United States||1250|
|Doctolib||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||France||1140|
|Hims||Pharma Supply Chain||United States||1100|
|Calm||Consumer Health & Wellness||United States||1000|
|LinkDoc Technology||Drug R&D: Clinical Trials||China||1000|
|One Medical Group||Providers: Primary Care||United States||1000|
|Tencent Trusted Doctors||Providers: Primary Care||China||1000|
Most well-funded companies
The most well-funded companies on the Digital Health 150 list span a broad range of categories. The top-funded company is genomics startup GRAIL, followed by insurance tech player Oscar Health and then China-based We Doctor.
Startups outside the United States
Of the 150 selected digital health startups, 116 are headquartered in the US. Those based outside the US include 17 from Asia, 16 from Europe, and 1 from Canada.
After the US, China is the second most-represented country on this list, with 7 of the selected companies, and Israel is third with 4 companies.
Most active investors
Over 850 unique investors have funded this year’s Digital Health 150 cohort, including corporations, CVCs, VC firms, and angel investors.
Below, we highlight the top 10 most active investors among the companies selected.
|Investor||Number of deals||Digital Health 150 companies recently backed|
|F-Prime Capital||31||Protenus, Buoy Health, Quartet Health, Luna PBC, OWKIN, Medbanks Network Technology|
|New Enterprise Associates||30||Collective Health, Tempus, Aetion, Bright Health|
|Google Ventures||29||Freenome, Collective Health, Quartet Health, OWKIN, Pill Club|
|Venrock||28||Lyra Health, Devoted Health, Kyruus|
|Founders Fund||27||Emulate, Collective Health, Teckro|
|Khosla Ventures||27||Neurotrack Technologies, SWORD Health,|
|GE Ventures||22||Genome Medical, Evidation Health, Verana Health, Iora Health|
|Social Capital||20||Syapse, Modern Health, Suki, Neurotrack Technologies|
|.406 Ventures||19||Redox, Nomad Health, Bend Financial, AbleTo|
|Andreessen Horowitz||18||Freenome, Omada Health, Ciitizen, Devoted Health|
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Themes & trends
Across our 150 selected companies, we identified key themes and trends that highlight their efforts to transform the healthcare industry.
Below, we discuss a selection of these trends across different categories.
Many companies on our list are leveraging AI and machine learning to help develop their respective software platforms.
From consumer health companies to imaging & diagnostics startups, AI is at the forefront of their products and services.
AI is also being leveraged through drug discovery & development — accelerating the identification of new targets and therapeutic candidates.
An example here is OWKIN, a startup that develops algorithms to help interpret disease-related data and predict treatment outcomes.
As investments to women’s health startups have increased, we’ve seen startups targeting everything from egg freezing services to emerging tech for managing menopause.
In particular, fertility has gained traction as one of the main area of interest for women.
Virtual care clinics such as Maven Clinic are also helping women gain better access to providers that cater specifically to women’s health needs and concerns.
Source: Maven Clinic
Maven raised a $27M Series B round in September 2018 with participating investors including Sequoia Capital and Oak HC/FT Partners, among others.
The growing size of the aging population is creating an increased demand for tech that aims to improve their health management.
This includes services targeted at both home care solutions and care coordination between providers.
One example here is ClearCare — a home care platform that aims to facilitate everything from administrative tasks to tracking patient hospitalizations.
Social determinants of health
Population health has been generating a lot of buzz in healthcare. In particular, there’s a growing emphasis on leveraging social determinants of health (SDoH) to generate better health outcomes.
An example here is Unite Us, a New York-based startup working to build care networks that integrate SDoH into how healthcare is delivered.
Source: Unite Us
Its approach is to provide care coordination software that can handle external referrals and track patient outcomes, helping to connect healthcare with social services.
As more healthcare stakeholders look to collaboration to spur innovation in the industry, value-based care has come to the forefront.
In particular, payers and providers have established new care coordination networks to help reduce overall healthcare costs — with the goal of delivering care that provides better value to patients.
An example here is Vim, which provides patients with access to both payers and providers to make it easier to find appropriate care options.
Vim raised a $24M Series B round in September, with participating investors including Optum Ventures, Premera Blue Cross, and Sequoia Capital, among others.
The approach aims to offer faster health visits with providers and more predictable associated costs.
Source: Galileo Health
Recently, Galileo Health — started by the founder of One Medical — launched an app-based concierge medicine platform geared towards providing a comprehensive level of care, including for chronic disease management.
It raised funding from Oak HC/FT Partners in May.
Telehealth services have expanded in recent years to become more differentiated.
For instance, 98point6 offers a subscription on-demand telemedicine platform — touting 24/7 access to board-certified physicians — that’s delivered via a mobile app.
The startup raised a $50M Series C in October 2018 from Goldman Sachs and Frazier Healthcare Partners.
Another example is Talkspace, which offers psychotherapy services delivered virtually. It has raised $109M in total disclosed funding from investors including Compound, Norwest Venture Partners, Spark Capital, and SoftBank, among others.
Other companies in this category use remote monitoring technology to supplement virtual care services.
Table of the Digital Health 150 companies
|Ava Science||Consumer Health & Wellness||Switzerland|
|Calm||Consumer Health & Wellness||United States|
|CarePredict||Consumer Health & Wellness||United States|
|Ciitizen||Consumer Health & Wellness||United States|
|Dreem||Consumer Health & Wellness||France|
|Headspace||Consumer Health & Wellness||United States|
|higi||Consumer Health & Wellness||United States|
|Oura Health||Consumer Health & Wellness||Finland|
|TytoCare||Consumer Health & Wellness||United States|
|Aidoc Medical||Diagnostics: Imaging||Israel|
|Arterys||Diagnostics: Imaging||United States|
|Butterfly Network||Diagnostics: Imaging||United States|
|eXo Imaging||Diagnostics: Imaging||United States|
|HeartFlow||Diagnostics: Imaging||United States|
|IDx||Diagnostics: Imaging||United States|
|Lifetrack Medical Systems||Diagnostics: Imaging||Singapore|
|Lunit||Diagnostics: Imaging||South Korea|
|Viz.ai||Diagnostics: Imaging||United States|
|VoxelCloud||Diagnostics: Imaging||United States|
|Zebra Medical Vision||Diagnostics: Imaging||Israel|
|Athelas||Diagnostics: Other Diagnostics||United States|
|Cue Health||Diagnostics: Other Diagnostics||United States|
|Healthy.io||Diagnostics: Other Diagnostics||Israel|
|Letsgetchecked||Diagnostics: Other Diagnostics||Ireland|
|Deep Lens||Diagnostics: Pathology||United States|
|PAIGE.AI||Diagnostics: Pathology||United States|
|PathAI||Diagnostics: Pathology||United States|
|Proscia||Diagnostics: Pathology||United States|
|Akili Interactive Labs||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Cara Care||Digital Therapeutics||Germany|
|Click Therapeutics||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Glooko||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Kaia Health||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Lark Health||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Neurotrack Technologies||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Noom||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Omada Health||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Pear Therapeutics||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Pivot||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Proteus Digital Health||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|SWORD Health||Digital Therapeutics||Portugal|
|Vida Health||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Virta Health||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|Vivante Health||Digital Therapeutics||United States|
|AiCure||Drug R&D: Clinical Trials||United States|
|Emulate||Drug R&D: Clinical Trials||United States|
|LinkDoc Technology||Drug R&D: Clinical Trials||China|
|Teckro||Drug R&D: Clinical Trials||Ireland|
|Atomwise||Drug R&D: Drug Discovery & Development||United States|
|Benchling||Drug R&D: Drug Discovery & Development||United States|
|Insitro||Drug R&D: Drug Discovery & Development||United States|
|OWKIN||Drug R&D: Drug Discovery & Development||United States|
|RDMD||Drug R&D: Drug Discovery & Development||United States|
|Recursion Pharmaceuticals||Drug R&D: Drug Discovery & Development||United States|
|Vineti||Drug R&D: Drug Discovery & Development||United States|
|Aetion||Drug R&D: Real-World Evidence||United States|
|Evidation Health||Drug R&D: Real-World Evidence||United States|
|GNS Healthcare||Drug R&D: Real-World Evidence||United States|
|Medbanks Network Technology||Drug R&D: Real-World Evidence||China|
|Syapse||Drug R&D: Real-World Evidence||United States|
|Tempus||Drug R&D: Real-World Evidence||United States|
|TriNetX||Drug R&D: Real-World Evidence||United States|
|Verana Health||Drug R&D: Real-World Evidence||United States|
|Color Genomics||Genomics||United States|
|Genome Medical||Genomics||United States|
|Luna DNA||Genomics||United States|
|Nebula Genomics||Genomics||United States|
|Accolade||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Alan||Insurance & Benefits||France|
|Beam Dental||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Bend Financial||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Bright Health||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Carrot Fertility||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Cedar||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Collective Health||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Devoted Health||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Grand Rounds||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|LEAGUE||Insurance & Benefits||Canada|
|Modern Health||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Nomad Health||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Oscar Health||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|Stride Health||Insurance & Benefits||United States|
|GoodRx||Pharma Supply Chain||United States|
|Hims||Pharma Supply Chain||United States|
|Nurx||Pharma Supply Chain||United States|
|Pill Club||Pharma Supply Chain||United States|
|Ro||Pharma Supply Chain||United States|
|TruePill||Pharma Supply Chain||United States|
|ClearCare||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|ClearDATA||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|HealthVerity||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|Human API||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|Jvion||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|Kyruus||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|Notable||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|Olive||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|Protenus||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|Redox||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|Solv Health||Providers: Administrative Tools||United States|
|SYNYI.AI||Providers: Administrative Tools||China|
|Weimai||Providers: Administrative Tools||China|
|DocPlanner||Providers: Clinical Tools||Poland|
|Gauss Surgical||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|KenSci||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|MDClone||Providers: Clinical Tools||Israel|
|MORE Health||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|Oncology Analytics||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|PatientPing||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|Quartet Health||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|Solera||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|Suki||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|Unite Us||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|Welkin Health||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|Vim||Providers: Clinical Tools||United States|
|Cityblock Health||Providers: Primary Care||United States|
|Iora Health||Providers: Primary Care||United States|
|One Medical||Providers: Primary Care||United States|
|Parsley Health||Providers: Primary Care||United States|
|Tencent Trusted Doctors||Providers: Primary Care||China|
|We Doctor||Providers: Primary Care||China|
|Galileo Health||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|Halodoc||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||Indonesia|
|98point6||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|Ada Health||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||Germany|
|American Well||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|Babylon Health||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United Kingdom|
|Buoy Health||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|Doctolib||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||France|
|Doctor On Demand||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|K Health||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|Kry||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||Sweden|
|Lyra Health||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|MDLIVE||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|Zava||Providers: Primary Care (Virtual-Only)||United Kingdom|
|Cricket Health||Providers: Specialty Care||United States|
|DispatchHealth||Providers: Specialty Care||United States|
|Kindbody||Providers: Specialty Care||United States|
|Xiaolu Yiguan||Providers: Specialty Care||China|
|AbleTo||Providers: Specialty Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|Maven Clinic||Providers: Specialty Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
|Talkspace||Providers: Specialty Care (Virtual-Only)||United States|
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