The billion-dollar valuation horizon

When will a health tech company hit the magic billion-dollar valuation?  A survey of nearly 140 entrepreneurs and over 50 health care information technology VC investors, conducted venture capital firm InterWest Partners, showed (probably naturally) far higher expectations by the entrepreneurs that several companies would hit that mark within five years. Using the most negative measure–none of the companies would hit a $1 billion valuation–only five percent of entrepreneurs agreed, while nearly 25 percent of VCs did.  Likely companies agreed by both  groups were free EHR Practice Fusion, employer health management platform Castlight Health and doctor appointment setter ZocDoc in the top three, with AirStrip, TelaDoc and FitBit just behind. ‘Big data’ (whatever that is) equals big investment, but they split on where the rest of the funding goes: VCs liked insurance exchange/benefit selection, care coordination and clinical decisions; entrepreneurs preferred telehealth and mobile diagnostics.  Investors are from Mars. Entrepreneurs are from Venus (plus charts in The Health Care Blog) When will we see more billion-dollar health tech companies? (Gigaom)

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