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Hear from insiders across healthcare and technology and get the scoop on the latest trends in digital health. Rock Health exists to fund and support entrepreneurs working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Join us and build something useful. Visit us at

Hear from insiders across healthcare and technology and get the scoop on the latest trends in digital health. Rock Health exists to fund and support entrepreneurs working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Join us and build something useful. Visit us at
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Hear from insiders across healthcare and technology and get the scoop on the latest trends in digital health. Rock Health exists to fund and support entrepreneurs working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Join us and build something useful. Visit us at




AI: Fact or Fiction?: Dr. Bob Wachter & Dr. Vineeta Agarwala

While the singularity is nowhere in sight, we’re inching closer to a world where more jobs are being replaced or augmented by machines—and industry sentiment ranges from praise to skepticism. In this live session, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF, Bob Wachter and Google Ventures partner and physician-scientist Vineeta Agarwala voice their views on the divergent paths of AI.


How Non-Traditional Players Are Shaping Healthcare Transformation

As one of the last industries to undergo technological transformation on an exponential scale, healthcare is ripe for change—and attracting the attention of diverse industries like never before. What opportunities do transportation, finance, food, and other companies see in healthcare? What trends are leading non-traditional companies into this balkanized industry? And what lessons should healthcare learn from them? Featuring Chris Waugh, Chief Design & Innovation Officer at Sutter Health...


Uncovering The Real Value of AI In Healthcare: Andrew Ng #RHS17

An expert in the field of AI, Andrew Ng shares what the digital health community needs to understand about trendy technology, by separating hype from reality, while discussing how these technologies are creating real value in healthcare—today and throughout the decade ahead. Recorded live at Rock Health Summit 2017


Provider Adoption of Digital Health

In our recent survey digital health companies divulged their enterprise sales pain points. This week we went even deeper—with two executives at the center of technology innovation and adoption at leading health systems—to get their honest take on what hospitals want from digital health tools, including: - How they vet new innovations and recommendations to startups on operating a pilot - What’s next in the technology landscape for hospitals? - Their biggest adoption pain points and digital...


Healthcare Investors' Take On Digital Health Funding

Last week we briefed you on the record shattering funding streak of the first half of 2017. Then we sat down with two other investors, Bessemer Venture Partners’ Steve Kraus and Kaiser Permanente Ventures’ Liz Rockett to bring you a deeper look into: - The most exciting opportunities in digital health - How companies are being evaluated in this uncertain, albeit cash-rich, environment - What we expect for the upcoming IPO market - Whether or not unicorns are real - What recent tech giant...


Gaps and Opportunities in Women's Health & Entrepreneurship: Leah Sparks & Julia Cheek

Despite persistent efforts by those in digital health, gender parity in leadership remains a huge issue. It’s not due to lack of attention. The front cover of The Atlantic’s April issue asked, “Why is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?” According to Rock Health research, digital health companies led by men get 91% of all venture deals, leaving few dollars for women-led companies. Only 9% of companies funded in 2016 had a woman CEO—down from the already dismal 11% in 2015—even though women...


Getting Clear About Healthcare Transparency: Lisa Maki & Noah Lang

What are players from around and outside healthcare doing to make this universal experience more understandable, clear—and even enjoyable? Two CEOs share their take on how transparency in healthcare is taking shape and what it really means for patients and stakeholders.


Why Scientific Research Needs Technology: Saji Wickramasekara & Sridhar Iyengar

Medical research is a $200B industry—but is not conducted in a way that is searchable, machine-readable, or reproducible. We chat with Benchling cofounder and CEO Saji Wickramasekara and Elemental Machines cofounder and CEO Sridhar Iyengar to understand what's at stake, and how technology is being used to advance scientific research. Interviewed by Mollie McDowell Learn more at


Debunking Patient Data: Deb Kilpatrick & David Vivero

There's tremendous excitement about the potential of what data can do to change how healthcare really works. Simultaneously there's some confusion, and fear from patients around security and privacy. We talk to two entrepreneurs working heavily in the space, David Vivero, Co-founder & CEO of Amino and Deb Kilpatrick, CEO of Evidation Health to understand how to best harness patient data in order to serve patients themselves. Interviewed by Mollie McDowell Learn more at


From Obamacare to Trumpcare: Questions for digital health with Jamie Robinson & Chrissy Farr

The President-elect vowed to repeal the ACA on his first day in office. Or will he just pick it apart and keep the pieces he likes? The water is murky and answers are forthcoming, but we can be certain of one thing—a shift in healthcare legislation as we move from a Democratic to Republican House. Bill Evans, Rock Health’s Managing Director, recently interviewed James Robinson from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Christina Farr from Fast Company in order to frame the key...


Why Tech Titans Joined Government to Help Save Healthcare: DJ Patil, Susannah Fox & Leena Rao

Many of us associate innovative solutions and scalable technology with startups, Silicon Valley, and scrappy teams; but these experts are focusing their time and talents in Washington DC in order to harness technology's ability to solve healthcare's biggest problems. Hear from The White House Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil, HHS CTO Susannah Fox and Fortune Magazine Senior Writer Leena Rao.


Non-Doctors on Demand: Alejandro Foung, Sandy Jen, Thea Runyan & Thomas Goetz

On demand services are all the rage and the first wave affecting healthcare included a plethora of doctor-driven services. But what's on demand in the rest of the healthcare stack? We'll sit down with Lantern, Honor, and Kurbo Health to explore how they're thinking beyond the MD and leveraging thousands of allied healthcare workers to improve our access to quality care. Rock Health portfolio company co-founders Alejandro Foung of Lantern, Sandy Jen of Honor, Thea Runyan of Kurbo Health,...


Chamath Palihapitiya on Rewiring the Crap Out of Healthcare

As the Founder and Managing Partner of Social+Capital Partnership, Chamath Palihapitiya is the "it" man of socially responsible investing. Hear his take on what needs to change in healthcare and how his investment thesis focuses on companies that are drastically doing just that. Moderated by Jessica Lessin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Information.


What the Former Facebook CFO is Doing in Digital Health: David Ebersman

Now that we have entered the age when technology is being applied to every aspect of our lives, it takes extra grit and dedication to build a company tackling one of our country's most entrenched and disjointed industries. David Ebersman left his post as CFO of Facebook (before that he was CFO of Genentech) to focus on bringing technology to healthcare in an effort to make experiences that affect us all less isolating and frustrating. We'll explore why he made the leap, how his current...


Virtual Reality: Just What the Doctor Ordered? With Adam Gazzaley, Mary Spio, & Sarah Buhr

Virtual reality has transformed the way we think of and create new worlds, but it also allows us to explore the inner-most workings of the human body. We'll discuss the very real implications virtual reality is having on healthcare—from how we study biological structures to how we administer care. Hear from UCSF's Adam Gazzaley, Next Galaxy Founder & President Mary Spio, and TechCrunch's Sarah Buhr.


Life After the Digital Health IPO: Frank Williams & James Park

They rang the bell, now what? We sit down with the CEOs of Evolent Health and Fitbit, who led two industry-changing IPOs to discuss how their companies deliver and grow in the wake of going from startup to public company.


Eric Topol on Breaking the Paternalism of Healthcare

Leading American cardiologist, geneticist, author, and digital medicine researcher Eric Topol discusses the state of patient-centered and empowered healthcare, paternalism, and what the future holds for data and digital health.


Where's the Next Digital Health Unicorn? With Leslie Bottorff & Ann Lamont

An early-stage company with the potential and followthrough to become a billion dollar paradigm-shifter can be as elusive, but hopefully not as mythical, as a unicorn. We pick the brains of investing heavy-weights to talk cold, hard facts: where can we find unicorns in digital health? Hear from GE Ventures Managing Director Leslie Bottorff in conversation with Oak Investment Partners Managing Partner Ann Lamont and The New York Times reporter Katie Benner


J. Craig Venter on Outsmarting Death Through the Software of Life

An interview with J. Craig Venter at our 2015 Rock Health Summit