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Novartis and Qualcomm Form Digital Health Investment Company

Novartis Pharmaceuticals has announced it has formed a joint investment company with Qualcomm Ventures, the venture investment group of Qualcomm....more

Can Digital Healthcare Innovation Be Patented? Eligibility of Digital Healthcare Technologies Under the New USPTO Eligibility...

Digital healthcare, the confluence of digital technology with medical and other biological fields, has become an ever-increasing presence in our daily lives. Ideas that seemed nearly impossible just a few years ago (such as...more

Digital Health Investors Catch Their Breath in November

Digital health investors seem to have taken a step back to catch their breath in November after 10 months of record-breaking activity. There were only 6 investments in November of $10 million or more and only one for more...more

October Digital Health Investments Dominated by Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Digital health companies raised just over $730 million through venture, private equity and angel investments in September, according to our latest analysis, bringing the total for the third quarter to approximately $1.3...more

Digital Health Investment in September Tops $700 Million

Digital health companies raised just over $730 million through venture, private equity and angel investments in September, according to our latest analysis, bringing the total for the third quarter to approximately $1.3...more

Three Things Tech Titans Have That eHealth Needs

Large tech companies have been virtually lining up to announce their foray into the digital health space recently. Industry analysts have long suspected that an incumbent industry with a strong customer base could come in and...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap

Mobile health industry could get a boost as FDA draft guidance exempts certain medical devices, including digital health devices - The FDA’s decision to not require a number of mobile health devices to go through the...more

FDA Advises it Will Not Enforce Regulatory Controls for Low-Risk Medical Information Technology Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), recently issued a draft report...more

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Easing Compliance for Medical Device Data and Image Systems

In what has been an active couple of months of released guidance documents, the FDA issued another draft guidance on June 20, 2014 entitled, “Medical Device Data Systems, Medical Image Storage Devices, and Medical Image...more

Connected Health: Capturing Digital Opportunities

Her comment has been echoed by many market participants who have predicted that we are seeing the first wave of large traditional companies leveraging digital platforms and tools to drive growth and innovation. These...more

Digital Health Investments Rebound In April

Private investment in digital health rebounded in April after a lackluster March with more than $924 million in venture capital and private equity going into the sector. That tops the $700 million garnered by the sector in...more

The Life Sciences Report - Spring 2014

In this issue: - A New Accelerator Takes Digital Health Start-Ups to the Next Level - The Return of the MedTech IPO Market - Is There a Deal in Your Future? A Guide to Navigating Antitrust Waters -...more

Top Ten Digital Health Investments Of 2013; Generating Momentum For The Year Ahead

Digital health investing started the year on a high note with four $20+ million rounds of funding in January alone for MD Live, TigerText, MC10 and WellDoc. That’s a very promising continuation of the tremendous funding...more

Digital Health: Revolutionizing Healthcare [Video]

What is digital health? What sort of action is digital health seeing? According to Fenwick client and digital health incubator Rock Health, digital health funding was up 65 percent mid-year in 2012 and up 45 percent over the...more

Who Will Pay For Digital Health Apps?

The question of whether or not smartphone apps can play an important role in the delivery of healthcare services has been more or less answered with a resounding yes. From weight loss to diabetes monitoring to diagnosing ear...more

Hot Companies in Digital Health [Video]

With venture capital funding of digital health up 45 percent in 2012, according to Rock Health, we’re hearing a lot about mobile health apps and healthcare IT. You may be asking yourself what is digital health? Michael...more

Digital Health: Where is the Action for Entrepreneurs? [Video]

As CES 2013 draws to a close, Michael Esquivel, a partner in Fenwick’s Start-ups and Venture Capital Group, identifies where the action is for entrepreneurs and investors in digital health and healthcare IT. According to...more

“Clear and Conspicuous” FTC Guidance on Marketing Mobile Apps

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) recently published a guide, Marketing your Mobile App: Get it Right From the Start, to help mobile app developers understand FTC advertising and privacy rules. ...more

FCC Will Work to Implement mHealth Task Force Report

In a move he says will improve the quality of health care and cut health system costs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the Commission will work toward implementing recommendations proposed by the mHealth Task Force,...more

Health Innovation Summit Begs the Question - Is Digital Health at a Tipping Point?

From the minute you stepped off the elevator at Rock Health’s annual Health Innovation Summit on Tuesday, there was an undeniable energy. The sold out event was jam-packed with entrepreneurs, investors and health and...more

Stickiness Eludes Many Health and Fitness Apps

The New York Times recently ran a story titled, “It’s hard to stay friends with an exercise monitor” that underscored a problem facing many health and fitness apps – the risk that users quickly lose interest. ...more

Venture Investment in Digital Health Effectively Doubles in H1 2012

Venture investment in healthcare convergence technologies soared in the first half of 2012. According to a recent report from Burrill & Co, digital health, into which they group healthcare IT, mobile health and wireless...more

Aging in Place Drives mHealth Technologies

A lot of the momentum around the mobile health (or mHealth) market is tied to the growing interest in products that enable the elderly to age in place. A key to allowing people to stay in their homes as they age is the...more

FDA to Finalize Mobile Medical App Rules Following Bill Passage

Yesterday, the Senate approved the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) which provides reauthorization for major components of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) set to expire at the end of...more

Pricing mobile health apps: Will consumers pay?

There are a lot of opportunities to be had creating mobile health apps for consumers. But there are still plenty of questions to be answered about how to build sustainable businesses. Who will pay for mhealth products? How...more

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