SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- UC San Francisco’s Health Hub, an innovation hub and startup studio supporting the next wave of healthtech entrepreneurs, announces the first round finalists for the upcoming UCSF Digital Health Awards. This unique awards event will celebrate the achievements of innovative companies dramatically improving healthcare with technology.
The finalists were selected across 13 categories by an unmatched team of expert judges in the healthcare and VC industries, including Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures), Ursheet Parikh (Mayfield Fund), Blake Wu (NEA), Michael Roizen (Cleveland Clinic), Michael Blum, MD (UCSF), Michael Lesh, MD (UCSF) and Dan Burnett, MD (Theranova) among others. Ten finalists per category were chosen from more than 500 submissions.
“Technology has become an integral part of any conversation about improving the physical and mental health of millions,” said Mark H. Goldstein, Chairman of the UCSF Health Hub and General Partner at venture capital firm Builders VC. “We hope that shining a spotlight on the companies making unbelievable strides in this space will further the conversation on healthtech and bring these solutions to the mainstream, so that doctors can do their jobs better and patient care can continue to be improved across the board.”
“These startups represent the best of the best in the rapidly developing and increasingly impactful arena of digital health and medicine, and I’m excited to be a part of initiatives that help recognize their successes and potential across healthcare,” said Daniel Kraft, MD, Founder & Chair, Exponential Medicine.
Some of the finalists include: Meru Health, Butterfly Network, BetterHelp, wayForward, NOCD, Livongo, Zebra Medical Vision, Headspace, SWORD Health, 23andMe, FitBit, Talkspace, Propeller Health, Evolent Health, Lumeon, Forward Health Group, Ambra Health, Eko, Azumio, Flatiron Health, MobileODT, Castlight, Grand Rounds, Pill Club, Elvie, Lively and Doctor on Demand.
All finalists in each of the below categories, corresponding to the most important problems that digital health is solving for millions of patients today, can be viewed at https://www.healthhubsf.org/awards/finalists.
Submissions were open to qualified, mature healthtech companies with in-market products that have been used by thousands of patients and have been verified in a validation study or clinical trial.
Despite the recent growth of the healthtech industry, which reached nearly $8 billion in investments in 2018, the reach of digital health remains limited by a lack of knowledge ofon the potential of these technologies. UCSF Health Hub established the Digital Health Awards to spread awareness for the leading healthtech companies transforming patient care, so that today’s cutting-edge technologies can have an even broader reach to better people’s lives and decrease healthcare costs.
“Promoting the winners will lead to people getting more comfortable experimenting with the best of the best, most novel and winning products and services, to make the promise of the digital health revolution a strong reality. We hope that the Digital Health Awards can help speed the trajectory of adoption and make a difference,” said Goldstein.
Marketing collaborators include Matthew Holt, founder of Health 2.0, leading healthcare nonprofit HIMSS, Rock Health, Startup Health, UCSF Innovation Ventures, Builders VC and Red Crow, as well as the American Medical Association’s Physician Innovation Network and J.P Morgan Chase.
Winners will be announced and honored at a ceremony on the UCSF Mission Bay campus on October 10, at 6:00 pm PT. To learn more about the event, subscribe to the live-stream and for tickets, click here.
About UCSF Health Hub
UCSF Health Hub is a 501c3 non-profit supported and funded by Silicon Valley’s top health-related venture capital firms in a unique affiliation with UCSF. UCSF Health Hub connects ideas and companies with the people, expertise, and capital to scale breakthrough healthcare solutions and produces monthly on-campus events operates an company-to mentor-to clinician online matching system called Health Hub Connect and produces the UCSF Digital Health Awards show. Visit us at https://www.healthhubsf.org/ and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.