Sector Roadmap

Sector Roadmap: Quantified Self devices and platforms

Thanks to the Quantified Self movement, we’ll soon see consumers tracking everything including sleep, fitness, physiological indicators, sexual activity and fertility rates, mood and stress, location, diet, and nutrition data.


3D Printing: hype, hope or threat?

Current obstacles in 3D printing represent a window of opportunity for traditional manufacturing industries to reassess their long-term strategies and to find a place in tomorrow’s economic landscape.

More proof that health care loves big data

Two new research partnerships whose participants range from pharmaceutical companies to IT vendors are taking aim at improving disease treatment via data analysis. They’re targeting a handful of diseases specifically — heart disease and cancer among them — but they point toward a data-driven health care future.


Jody Ranck

Jody Ranck is an Analyst for Gigaom Research who has a career in health, development and innovation spanning over 20 years. His…

Google’s flu snafu and the reliability of web data

Google Flu Trends significantly overestimated the number of Americans afflicted with flu-like symptoms during the season’s peak a couple months ago, but assuring accuracy is a big part of the puzzle any time we’re talking about web data.

Researchers say AI prescribes better treatment than doctors

Two Indiana University researchers have developed a computer model they say can identify significantly better and less-expensive treatments than can doctors acting alone. It’s just the latest evidence that big data will have a profound impact on our health care system.

Digital health funding rose 45 percent in 2012

According to health tech accelerator Rock Health, investors poured $1.4 billion into digital health companies last year, which is up 45 percent from 2011. The major areas of interest include healthcare purchasing tools for consumers, personal health tracking, Electronic Medical records and hospital administration.

How MiGym plans to quantify the health club workout

Chicago app developer MiGym is giving health clubs an app store presence, but it has bigger plans. It hopes to make the gym a critical element in the quantified self, tracking members’ workout data and sharing that information with fitness and health platforms.


Sector RoadMap: health care and big data in 2012

The U.S. health care system is at a turning point where opportunities for big data and data analytics firms are likely to expand dramatically in the coming years. Key drivers of the opportunities for big data in health care include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the use of data to address inefficient processes, and the rapid growth of the mobile health sector. This Sector RoadMap explores these drivers and looks at a sample of the companies that are making the first forays into the area of big data in health care.

How everyday people can help fight disease with data

Everywhere you look, there’s another option for sharing your medical data in the name of the greater good. These efforts are not for nothing: Because of there scale and geographic reach, crowdsourced data banks have the potential to revolutionze how medical research is conducted.

NYC shapes up with new health tech incubator

Backed by the New York Economic Development Corporation, the Bio & Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab will next month announce its first class of startups. Although it doesn’t provide funding or space, it is the latest program to provide health tech funders with mentorship and coaching.

Next digital health IPO: Practice Fusion, Castlight or ZocDoc?

A survey conducted by venture capital firm Interwest Partners found that 100 digital health entrepreneurs think Practice Fusion, Castlight or ZocDoc could be the next health tech IPO. The entrepreneurs also shared their biggest challenges and the companies they wished they had founded.


How the cloud is transforming India’s IT services

Over the past decade India’s major tech firms have grown at double-digit average annual rates to become competitive enterprise outsourcers and systems integrators on a global scale. Firms such as Cognizant and Tata Consultancy Services are looking for technology to provide the next competitive advantages in the market. The cloud provides that opportunity on several levels. This research note looks at some of the common ways India’s leading firms are delivering cloud services and using the cloud to transform their businesses, as well as how they are currently differentiated in the market.

QuantiaMD raises $12M for online community for doctors

QuantiaMD, a Waltham, Mass.-based company that provides an online collaboration and communication platform for doctors, has raised $12 million from existing funder Fuse Capital. Launched in 2008, the company said it has more than 160,000 physicians on its network.

HealthTap adds peer-reviewed research to keep ‘cyberchondria’ at bay

To help patients and caregivers access easy-to-understand, cutting-edge medical research, HealthTap is adding the full library of peer-reviewed medical research from the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed. The goal is further educate patients as well as help disseminate new information through the physician community.


The challenge of understanding our health care data

There is a huge need for data in the health care sector, given the reforms underway and a renewed focus on providing better care. Broadly speaking, the more data we have the more intelligence we can derive from it to improve the quality and cost of care in the U.S. But vast quantities of data alone are not helpful. We need insight into that data, and that’s where the real challenges lie.

Machine learning and health care mean $6M for Predilytics

A Boston startup called Predilytics is trying to meld machine learning and administrative data from health care companies to help the run more efficiently. It’s the latest case of big data techniques being applied to health care, where insights can both lives and lots of money.

Meet YouConnect: Maybe carriers and developers can get along

France’s three big mobile operators are cooperating to put out a common API that mobile retail sites and apps can use to autofill customer data into a purchase screen. It’s a small achievement, but a notable one, considering operators past failures to lure in developers.

7 women-led health tech startups to watch

Women are underrepresented at the top of the health field, including in entrepreneurship. According to health startup accelerator Rock Health, the lion’s share of VC funding goes to startups founded or led by men. But several new women-led startups are emerging. Take a look.

Health tech’s big year: by the numbers

The big health news of the summer will undoubtedly be last week’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. But the industry has also made headlines for the major investments in health tech startups. Here’s a look at how it’s tracking so far.

Hadoop meets healthcare in new partnership

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine is about to get a lesson in big data thanks to Cloudera Chief Scientist Jeff Hammerbacher. He’s partnering with the school’s clinical and academic faculty to develop new methods and systems for analyzing data in a variety of important areas.

How can tech help health care target Gen Y?

Gen Yers do everything from shop to socialize with their smartphones; it’s no surprise that a recent ZocDoc survey found that they feel disconnected from analog era health care services. Here’s how emerging health tech startups are addressing the Millenial patient’s pain point.


Public, private or hybrid? A guide to moving to the cloud

As is often discussed at GigaOM Pro, beleaguered IT pros are the ones often left to figure out which applications and data should move first and to which type of cloud. But with more and more business leaders now turning to this topic, the questions — and confusion — are multiplying. With so much to consider, we’ve broken down the cloud discussion to help companies decide which strategy is right for their business. Let’s take a look.


A cloud-computing market forecast

Cloud computing is made up of three key segments: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. We forecast that the worldwide cloud market is estimated to grow 126.5 percent during the period from 2011 through 2014, driven by 119 percent growth in SaaS and 122 percent growth in IaaS. The PaaS segment is expected to nearly triple from a smaller base.

Can social media help heal healthcare?

For all of the debate, one thing is for sure: social media in medicine is here to stay. But when it comes to the availability of trustworthy information, we still have a ways to go.’s Mark Britton offers his prescription for better online healthcare.

Doxo wants to take the paperwork out of healthcare

The healthcare industry is one step closer to going paperless. Doxo, the Seattle-based startup that makes “digital file cabinet” software, has signed up a number of major healthcare providers who will now use the system to send medical bills and collect patient fees online.

DrMelon and the rush of startups to mobile health

Dr. Sang Hoon Woo is an internist at Stanford Medical School, and with his own patients’ tales of trying to find health information online. He’s one of several entrepreneurs trying to bring medicine to reach consumers in the online (and mobile) age.

Why you (yes you) should donate your medical data

For those in a perpetual snit about personal data privacy, here’s bold proposal from Michael Driscoll: Donate your own medical data. And do it now — don’t wait till you’re dead. What better way to make big data truly relevant — and helpful — to real live people?

Microsoft’s Mundie: Big data could cure U.S. healthcare

If the U.S. wants to solve it’s healthcare problem, it should bring the Internet model to bear on it, Microsoft’s chief strategy and research officer said Monday. That means sharing, not segregating data, and using the government’s buying power to mandate change, Craig Mundie said.

Team game dynamics, not personal tools, fix healthcare

Adam Bosworth, the founder and CTO of health start-up Keas said the key in transforming health care is not in personalized tools but in gamified systems for employees that build off competition and encouragement and help employers bring down their insurance costs.

The time for healthcare tech startups is now

Don’t listen to the naysayers. The time to jump into healthcare IT is now, said Frank Moss, director of the new media medicine at MIT’s Media Lab. Creative technologists working in mobility, social networking, nano devices, should seek health IT opportunities. Now.

How the Eatery app will use its healthy helping of data

Massive Health, the San Francisco startup aimed at tackling health care problems with innovative mobile apps, launched its first iPhone app called Eatery on Tuesday. In the 48 hours since then, the company has been hit with a flood of data about its users’ eating behavior.

Simplee brings Mint-like management to health info

Simplee is looking to bring a approach to health care expense management with a free service that lets people understand their plans, what they’re paying for and how they can optimize their coverage. The service is now available to the public today.

Steve Case and Jerry Levin reunite to accelerate health technology

Former AOL CEO Steve Case and former Time Warner CEO Jerry Levin are reuniting to help spur on innovation in health and wellness. Levin, with the help of Case’s Startup America Partnership, is launching a new strategic initiative called StartUp Health designed to help health entrepreneurs.

Resilient Network Systems Raises $5M to Take Healthcare Online

Resilient Network Systems, a San Francisco-based security and networking startup targeted at healthcare industry, has secured more than $5 million in Series A funding. Resilient’s technology is targeted at enabling the transfer of health records and other related information safely and securely over the Internet.

Elevator Pitch: RockHealth Co-Founder Halle Tecco

In this video, Halle Tecco, co-founder of non-profit seed accelerator RockHealth, gives her elevator pitch about the company’s vision to shake up the world of healthcare. RockHealth is aimed at lowering the barriers for startups developing apps for the healthcare industry.

Massive Health Uses Big Data, Mobile Phones to Fight Chronic Disease

Massive Health, a new San Francisco start-up aimed at tackling health care problems, has just raised $2.25 million from a stellar list of investors. The company plans to apply the money toward mobile applications that help users treat chronic diseases using big data, analytics, social and game mechanics.


Mobile 2011: Data Consumption Will Explode

The always-unpredictable mobile space enters 2011 at a particularly dynamic time. Carriers are now bringing 4G networks online, even as their definitions of “4G” vary. Meanwhile, mobile data consumption is exploding and the FCC trying to settle on policies both to regulate the industry and to free up more spectrum. So while forecasting the path of mobile tends to be fraught with peril, here are some trends we expect to see in 2011.

Will U.S. TeleMedicine Be DOA?

In many ways, the U.S. is still behind the curve when it comes to using technology in medical care, not because the technology industry isn’t interested in providing software and hardware, but because of connectivity troubles and the way doctors are reimbursed for care.

VC Investment Climbs 14% to $6.1B in Q3

A growing number of early-stage deals and general optimism in the technology industry helped push venture capital investments up 14 percent in…