August 8, 2018

Improving the Health of Underserved Populations Improving the Health of Underserved Populations was founded in 2011 with one mission: to improve medical outcomes through the strategic use of text messaging.

What has been described as the “behind-the-scenes scribe for hospital systems,”’s platform amHealth sends carefully crafted SMS messages to patients throughout Africa to promote specific behaviors, like medication reminders and how to best manage chronic diseases.

A perfect example of “reverse innovation,” CEO and Founder Kaakpema Yelpaala is now bringing their solution to the United States after seeing how it has positively impacted the lives of people who do not have access to quality healthcare.


The Operating Room’s High Tech Upgrade

The Operating Room’s Modern Makeover
Voice-controlled and wireless equipment, A.I., predictive analytics, and 3D modeling in the surgical arena are poised to reinvent operating room workflow and minimize human error.

Keep an eye on these six StartUp Health companies as they work to reimagine the OR now on HEALTH TRANSFORMER.

Trend Watch: Stories Shaping Digital Health

We saw over $819M in innovative health funding this week, led by led by Peloton with a series F round of $550M. Other big raises included Omniome ($60M) and MDLive ($50M).

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Stories to Watch:

Global Venture Funding Going to Female Founders Skyrockets

Artificial Intelligence Will Improve Medical Treatments

Digital Health Practices Among Teens and Young Adults in the U.S.


Eight Companies Making Health Data More Secure

Building a Culture of Preventative Health

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Connected Health Summit

The Connected Health Summit, taking place in San Diego on August 28-30, analyzes the role of innovative connected health solutions in driving changes in consumer behaviors as well as healthcare systems, insurers, and hospital networks. Register now with the discount code STARTUP for 25% off.

Health 2.0 Fall Conference

Health 2.0’s Fall Conference, taking place in Santa Clara on September 16-18, showcases cutting-edge innovation transforming the healthcare system. Register with code Fall18ST to save $200.

DTxDM East 2018

DTxDM East Summit, hosted on September 25-26 in Boston, is a senior-level gathering aimed to accelerate the advancement of the digital therapeutics/digital medicine industry. Register using code STARTUP15 for a discount.

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Connected Health Summit
August 28-30, 2018
San Diego, CA
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Health 2.0 Fall Conference
September 16-18, 2018
Santa Clara, CA
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Asian Healthcare Leadership Summit
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September 21-22, 2018

DTxDM East
September 25-26, 2018
Boston, MA
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Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit
October 11, 2018
Boston, MA
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Financial Times Digital Health Summit
October 17, 2018
New York, NY
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Connected Health Conference
October 17-19, 2018
Boston, MA
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CNS Summit and Innovation Showcase
November 1-4, 2018
Boca Raton, FL 

Frontiers Health 2018
November 15-16, 2018
Berlin, Germany
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StartUp Health Insights

Innovative health companies raised over $944M in the last week. Some of the most recent deals:

Startup Amount   Investors
Peloton $550.0M   TCV, Tiger Global, True Ventures, Wellington Management, Fidelity, NBCUniversal, Kleiner Perkins, Felix Capital, Winslow Capital
Omniome $60.0M   Decheng Capital, Hillhouse Capital Group, Lam Research Capital, Nan Fung Life Sciences, ARCH Venture Partners, Domain Associates, Biomatics Capital Partners, Altitude Life Science Ventures
MDLive $50.0M   Cigna, Health Care Service Corporation, Health Velocity Capital, Novo Holdings A/S, Industry Ventures
Olive $32.8M   Oak HC/FT, Ascension Ventures
Evidation Health $30.0M   SV Health Investors, B Capital Group, GE Ventures, Sanofi Ventures
Verana Health $30.0M   GV, Biomatics Capital, GE Ventures, Lagunita Biosciences, Brook Byers
HealthMyne $15.0M   Ascension Ventures, Venture Investors, 4490 Ventures, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Naked Labs $14.0M   Founders Fund, NEA, Lumia Capital, Venture 51, Seabed VC
Praestan $12.0M   Undisclosed
SkinVision $7.6M   Leo Pharma, PHS Fund
Worklete $6.5M   Trinity Ventures, Launch Capital, River Park Ventures, Aspect Ventures, Kapor Capital, Dave Yarnold, Gokul Rajaram
HealthSignz $5.0M   Dr. Kantilal Patel
HealthPlix $3.0M   IDG Ventures India, Kalaari Capital
MyHealthcare $2.0M   Hunch Ventures, Ajay Nanavati
PatientWisdom $1.0M   OCA Ventures
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