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Digital health made big strides in 2017. With better provider workflows and more integrated core healthcare platforms, healthcare is on the brink of a disruption. As we move into 2018 and the next wave of innovation, here is a look back on the biggest stories that moved the needle in digital health this year.
Digital health broke out in 2017. We saw more investment than ever before: Over $4.7 billion flowed into a record number of companies. While these record-breaking investments underscore the enthusiasm for new digital health solutions, another revolution was quietly happening just outside the spotlight.
LSP has raised $330 million for its second medical technology fund. The big jump in size over the first fund tees up LSP to place bets on 15 companies with close-to-market devices, diagnostics and digital health tools.
Investors in digital health have been busy this year. In the first half of 2017, 188 startups took in $3.5 billion in investments—a record setting amount. It’s not hard to see why. Patients and providers are both looking to digital health tools to get better treatment and improve the relationship dynamic. With all that money flowing into some very intriguing startups, and it’s a good idea to know what the digital health industry holds for us in the coming years.
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