Announcing the 2016 winners of the Top 50 in Digital Health
Each year fifty of the leading entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, reporters, and providers dedicated to bringing technological advancements to healthcare are recognized at the Top 50 in Digital Health Dinner hosted by Rock Health, Fenwick & West, and Goldman Sachs.
Within the Top 50, a number of individuals and organizations are awarded through nominations from the digital health community for making exceptional progress in driving resources, attention, and innovation toward a massively better healthcare system. From writing healthcare policy to steering corporate acquisitions to moving technology from the bench to the bedside, we want to honor the people and organizations making digital health thrive. We're proud to announce the winners of the Top 50 in Digital Health.
David Ebersman is a healthcare and technology veteran. He was previously the CFO of Facebook for five years through 2014. Before Facebook, he served a long tenure at Genentech including positions as CFO and as VP, Product Development. Combining his passions, he started Lyra Health in 2015 to help transform behavioral health care.
As one of the longest-tenured digital health reporters, Christina regularly breaks industry news, and has written for KQED, USA Today, Mashable, the Telegraph, Reuters, and the New York Times.
Dr. Leslie Saxon
Dr. Saxon is a practicing physician and the founder of USC's Center for Body Computing. She uses state-of-the-art devices and wearable technologies to care for patients with arrhythmias, and for the diagnosis and prevention of heart conditions.
Daniel Kraft is a physician-scientist, inventor and innovator. From founding and chairing one of the premier healthcare conferences, to advising established players, mentoring startups to speaking about digital health globally, Dr. Kraft has become a go-to thought leader for our industry.
As CTO of HHS, Susannah is spearheading projects to build the agency’s internal capacity for innovation; to place entrepreneurs on high-impact teams at FDA, CDC, and other operating divisions; and to improve Medicare beneficiaries’ access to their own health data through the Blue Button Initiative. She is using her wealth of knowledge on technology trends to help shape government healthcare initiatives and policy.
At Grand Rounds, Owen's status as most beloved CEO is evidenced by a 100% approval rating on Glassdoor, and through the testimonials from employees that cite Owen's commitment to hiring and supporting great talent. In their own words: "Grand Rounds feels like home to all of us."
Through his broad network and deep commitment to supporting digital health companies across the US, John attracts founders and co-investors in large part because his track record speaks for itself. His numerous 2015 investments include Eko, Grand Rounds, HeartFlow, and Tiny Rx.
Amino launched in October to create the clearest picture of American health care and help people made confident health care decisions. To do this, they have amassed a patient de-identified database that currently includes nearly every practicing doctor in America, 3.9 billion health care interactions, and 188 million Americans.
Doctor On Demand
In just three short years, Doctor On Demand has developed a team of 1,400 credentialed physicians, a customer base of over 200 employer customers, dozens of health plans and over one million app downloads. In 2015, the company raised over $63 million in Series B, bringing the total amount raised to $86 million.
Color has dropped the cost of genetic testing by 10X using next generation software, big data and laborator automation. Color launched in 2015 with an affordable genetic test that covers BRCA1, BRCA2 and 17 other genes to help individuals understand their risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Through initiatives like their formal employee mentoring program, and weekly innovation time, Health Catalyst places significant trust in team members, encouraging them to pursue innovation, work hard, offer feedback, and improve themselves, creating a company culture beloved by its employees.
Mango Health believes that healthcare should be universally accessible, and they understand that innovative teams reflect the range of populations they seek to serve. As a result, a commitment to diversity is a key part of the company's culture: in fact, white males are a minority at Mango Health, comprising less than 25% of the team. The company is equally split between women and men—even among the leadership—and it continues to uphold a purposefully diverse team as it grows.
GE Ventures led six digital health investments in 2015—more than any other corporate VC—including Evidation Health, Jiff, Omada Health, Digisight, Caremerge, and Apervita.
Venrock was the most prolific VC in 2015 with seven digital health investments, including Stride Health, Jiff, Aledade, Doctor on Demand, Grand Rounds, Kyruus, and Lyra Health.
Few digital health companies make it to IPO, and even fewer perform at the level of Fitbit. Out of the five digital health IPOs this year, Fitbit blew the others out of the water, outperforming digital health and tech IPOs and increasing 15% since debut on the market.