Health tech

Industry expects new surge of health IT companies

Data: Venrock survey of 250 health care professionals conducted March 4–15, 2019; Chart: Naema Ahmed / Axios

Venture capital firm Venrock, which has money tied up in more than 80 health care companies, has put out its annual survey of health care professionals, and most people are pretty upbeat about where health tech is going this year.

Driving the news: 78% of Venrock’s survey respondents said they thought the number of new health IT companies will "somewhat" or "significantly" increase this year — and a lot of that growth will be in telemedicine and harvesting patient data.

Employers, insurers pay for data from pregnancy tracking apps

In this image, a mother looks at her phone while holding her infant in her lap in a chair in the corner of a nursery.
Diana Diller used the pregnancy-tracking app Ovia to track her pregnancy. Photo: Philip Cheung for The Washington Post via Getty Images

As apps to monitor moms' health proliferate, employers and insurers can pay to keep tabs on the vast data, the Washington Post's Drew Harwell reports.

Why it matters: An employer can pay "to gain access to the intimate details of its workers’ personal lives, from their trying-to-conceive months to early motherhood."