AI in Healthcare: How AI Helps Save and Improve Lives

Emerging startups, COVID-19 impact, recent M&A deals, and remaining challenges.

Yuliya Sychikova
COO @ DataRoot Labs
08 Sep 2020
10 min read
AI in Healthcare: How AI Helps Save and Improve Lives

AI + Healthcare is eating the world. Over the past few years, the AI innovation in healthcare has been overwhelming, more so than in other AI-disrupted industries we have analyzed. According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Healthcare AI Market accounted for $0.95 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $19.25 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 39.7%. What drives this vibrant growth?

First of all, healthcare has a lot of data which is a prerequisite for any AI transformation. With X-rays, MRI, ECG images piled up at the hospitals, DNA sequences analyzed in the labs and heartbeat, blood pressure, and sleep cycle patterns gathered on increasingly widespread smart devices, AI has a vast playground to show its powers. The data, however, is not without its challenges. Access to the data is highly regulated by privacy, security, and confidentiality rules. That being said, we have seen a lot of recently emerged startups successfully jumping through compliance hoops and getting the needed approvals and licenses to deliver their products to hospitals, pharma, and life-science companies or directly to end-consumers. Since 2014, at least 50 companies got FDA approval for machine learning (ML) and AI algorithms.

Secondly, the COVID-19 pandemic has given health services a digital push. From telehealth diagnostics to rapid testing to respiration monitoring, the startups received an extra motivation to speed up their product delivery amid the increased necessity and demand for certain services and products. To assist startups and companies in battling COVID-19, the US government has set up a new program to expedite the development of coronavirus-related R&D.

Thirdly, over the past decade, healthcare has become increasingly expensive, especially in the developed world. The reasons behind $4K MRI scans and $50K+ knee replacement surgery (US pricing) deserve a separate report. The point is that every sneeze in healthcare costs a lot of money and when we talk about capital intensive processes like drug discovery or clinical trials, every tiny increment can cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Even a marginal improvement in the speed and automation of drug discovery, medical research, and clinical trials, would result in tremendous savings for the entire industry. The cost reduction factor alone attracts many startups to this market, large enough for many players.

Fourthly, with the increasing technology awareness across the board, patients demand a more personalized and connected healthcare. If I can track my pulse on my Apple Watch, why cannot my doctor use this data to track heartbeat anomalies? Companies in the sector are pressured to transform to meet the needs of a modern patient by adopting a consumer-centric focus, shifting to preventive care models, partnering with innovative startups (including AI-enabled solutions), and overall reducing cost of care.

Fifthly, the new consumer tech (in particular Internet of Things) enables people to proactively manage their own health, and make more informed decisions. Many startups provide AI tools for the end customers allowing them to track and work on their health, choose the right doctor, and manage the communication with their healthcare providers.

Finally, some governments are making AI in Healthcare a priority, especially amid the pandemic. The Chinese government announced the vision of becoming a global leader in AI by 2030 where Healthcare is one of the core areas of focus. In 2019 alone, China experienced a year-on-year investment growth rate of 54%, with a total investment of $7.4B.

AI Innovation Landscape

Healthcare use cases among emerging AI startups.

With hundreds of AI Healthcare startups out there, we have identified over 170 AI startups which we allocated to one of thirteen broad healthcare areas and gathered them on one landscape below.

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One of the largest categories is Pathology and Diagnostics, where startups leverage AI for faster and more accurate diagnostics and early disease detection. Thus, ArtiQ is helping interpret the pulmonary function tests and improving lung disease diagnostic environment. Athelas offers a low-cost, blood diagnostics device made for testing the flu, bacterial infections, and cancer in the comfort of home. Beyond Verbal is using Voice and AI to extract human emotions and reveal Vocal Biomarkers – acoustic features indicating various signs of cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, and other diseases and chronic medical conditions in the voice.

Another company, Sight Diagnostics has developed an AI-driven platform for blood analysis and infectious disease diagnostics. Sight’s technology was first deployed in 2014 to detect Malaria using digital fluorescent microscopy. They sold over 600,000 tests to diagnose Malaria in 25 countries.

In Imaging, companies analyze medical visual data for anomalies detection and diagnosis. Viz.ai helps physicians to identify anomalies in brain scans through ML. Aidoc flags acute abnormalities for radiologists through deep learning and AI algorithms. By using proprietary MRI scanning protocols, Ezra’s full-body MRI protocol claims to detect up to 13 cancers in women, 11 in men. At the same time, Israeli startup Zebra offers radiologists a second opinion and has developed 48 algorithms addressing 48 different medical conditions. IDx-DR detects diabetic retinopathy before it causes blindness. The company is currently developing additional AI-based algorithms for the detection of macular degeneration, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke risk.

To reduce the cost of Clinical Trials & Medical Research, companies like AiCure and its intelligent medical assistant, IMA, leverage a visual recognition platform to monitor patient progress and improve patient behavior in randomized controlled trials. In clinical research, AiCure is increasing the probability of trial success and introducing more objective clinical endpoints.

Many startups have realized that Preventive Care can save billions in the longterm. Jvion lowers costs through its AI-enabled prescriptive analytics solution that identifies patients on a trajectory to becoming high risk. Their machine identifies admitted patients who are at risk of readmission within 30 days of hospitalization. Another company, Lark Health leverages AI to provide real-time, personalized support and counseling to help users make healthier choices and manage their conditions.

Companies like BenevolentAI, Engine Biosciences, Insitro and Verge Genomics among others seek to lower Drug Discovery costs, decrease failure rates, accelerate and reduce costs of the drug and therapy R&D process. Another company LabGenius aims to robotize drug discovery. It developed EVA – a robot scientist capable of designing, conducting, and learning from its own experiments.

A separate category of startups have been developing all kinds of sensors and Digital Health solutions to make healthcare more connected. One example is Potrero Medical which develops smart sensors to help medical teams better predict adverse outcomes in critical care settings. Other startups streamline the workflow by producing automation software for hospital operations. Thus, Qventus uses ML to optimize operational decisions in hospitals to reduce costs, improve the quality and experience of the healthcare they deliver.

A prominent example of a Personalized Care startup is Babylon Health that delivers full access to healthcare, including personalized health assessments, treatment advice, and face-to-face appointments with a doctor 24/7. With the Babylon app, one can talk to a GP within minutes via phone or video call, ask simple medical questions via their text service and monitor health with their comprehensive tracking system. K Health is able to generate more accurate insights based on PLM (a.k.a. “People Like Me”), a new approach to understanding the health that looks at other people like us who have had similar experiences. K Health partners with a network of providers for same-day appointments and remote advice. Vine Health helps people going through cancer treatment to manage their care, using a combination of behavioral science and AI. Their app allows patients to maximize physical and mental health during cancer therapy.

AI is helping women and couples with Fertility and Reproduction. Life Whisperer`s AI identifies viable embryos in IVF to improve outcomes for couples wanting to have children. Their solution is said to perform 30% better than highly skilled embryologists when identifying viable embryos from medical images. Univfy uses ML and AI to empower women and their partners to make confident decisions about fertility treatments.

Genetics has undergone a revolution of itself with popular companies like 23andMe generating a lot of interest from the consumers. However, using big data to spot Ashkenazi genes is not the only AI application in Genetics. Emedgene, for instance, utilizes NLP to ‘read’ new genetic publications, and incorporate them into an always up-to-date knowledge base. They then use ML medical algorithms for diagnosis to pinpoint pathogenic variants, for a clear path to clinical decisions. FDNA leverages AI to detect physiological patterns that reveal disease-causing genetic variations. Used by 70% of the world’s geneticists across 2,000 clinical sites in over 130 countries, FDNA’s phenotyping technologies capture, structure, and analyze complex human physiological data to produce actionable insights.

In Nutrition, HealthifyMe's AI-based fitness assistant Ria can automatically suggest diet plans to a user while taking into account thousands of parameters. Nutrino developed a data platform that gets to know personal biochemistry, then applies that information to determine your FoodPrintTM - the digital signature of how food affects the body.

Woebot, a Mental Health startup, asks people how they’re feeling and what is going on in their lives in the format of brief daily conversations. Woebot also talks to you about mental health and wellness and sends you videos and other useful tools depending on your mood and needs at that moment. Spring Health also uses AI to help patients with mental health problems feel better faster. It can accurately predict the right treatment to the right person and accelerate recovery.

Chatbots and Virtual Assistants help doctors, patients, and hospitals with a wide range of challenges. One of the most popular apps (The #1 medical app for 130 countries) Ada allows its users to check symptoms, see potential medical causes, and then offer a remote consultation with a real doctor over text. On the other hand, Bot MD assists doctors by instantly answering clinical questions, transcribing dictated case notes, and automatically organizing images and files. While Robin Healthcare takes care of medical documentation with no clicking, Sensely’s chatbot assists insurance plan members and patients to converse in an entirely new way, combining the empathy of human conversation with the efficiency of technology.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many startups are getting creative to help battle the disease and its broader consequences on society. This topic deserves a separate article, but here we will mention a few examples. Thus, Beyond Lucid Technologies helps to track COVID-19 exposures with software originally built for Community Paramedicine. CarePredict, an AI Eldercare platform that helps seniors live independently, economically, and longer, has launched a contact tracing tool to identify all people the infected person had contact with. Cyclica, an AI-powered drug discovery company, launched Cyclica Stimulus Package and provides free access to the company's AI platform to any researcher and biotech company that is actively fighting COVID-19.

VC founded AI+Healthcare startups

A list of recently funded startups and players to watch.

In the private market, healthcare AI startups have raised $4.3B across 576 deals since 2013, topping all other industries in AI deal activity. Below we have compiled a list of 150+ startups and described how each of them leverages AI for Healthcare.

CompanyHQ / year foundedAmount Raised, $InvestorsWhat they are doing
Voxel Cloud China / 201678.5M BShenzhen Hongtai Capital Management Group, Tencent Holdings, Sequoia CapitalVoxelCloud provides automated medical image analysis services and diagnosis assistance based on AI and cloud computing technologies. The company's current products cover lung cancer, retinal diseases, and coronary heart disease.
Reify Health US / 201240M BBattery Ventures, Sierra Ventures, AMVThe company uses AI to automate conversations between consumers and healthcare organizations by providing cloud-based software that helps accelerate the development of new, life-saving therapies. The company's system speeds up enrollment timelines and the overall pace of research.
Caption Health US / 201361M GrowthData Collective DCVC, Khosla Ventures, othersCaption Health makes an artificial-intelligence-guided ultrasound platform capable of instructing clinicians on obtaining a clearer picture of the heart in motion. An updated version of the company’s algorithms and guidance later received an expedited clearance from the agency as a tool for front-line hospital staff to help evaluate COVID-19 patients for cardiovascular complications.
SmartPlate by Fitly US / 2011785K SeedDreamit Ventures, Venturef0rth, Independence Blue Cross (IBX), Penn Medicine, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Brown's Super Stores & The Science Center.SmartPlate TopView is the world's first Intelligent Wellbeing Platform™ that uses advanced photo recognition and AI technology to identify, weigh, and analyze everything you eat in mere seconds.
Potrero Medical US / 201243M CSonder, GT Healthcare Capital PartnersPotrero Medical is a predictive health company that is developing the next generation of smart sensors and artificial intelligence. Currently, Potrero Medical is developing a predictive health platform to help medical teams better predict adverse outcomes in critical care settings.
Retina AI US / 20175M ACrosscut VenturesRetina AI develops screening software for diabetic retinopathy detection and other retinal diseases by using the most cutting-edge.
Synthesized UK / 20172.8M SeedQ Capital, Mundi Ventures, Seedcamp, Pretiosum VenturesSynthesized is an insurance AI startup that provides tools for generating the highest quality synthetic data, thereby enabling compliant data-driven projects.
Cardiologs France / 201425M AAlven, Idinvest Partners, Isai, Kurma Partners, founder.orgCardioLogs distributes software technologies that enable any healthcare professional to screen their patients by utilising medical-grade AI and cloud technology. The Cardiologs ECG Analysis Solution is built on a growing and proprietary database of more than 1,450,000 recordings and is supported by a number of clinical publications that demonstrate leading diagnostic performance.
Freenome US / 2014238M GrowthPolaris Partners, RA Capital Management, Section 32, Andreessen Horowitz, othersFreenome is a health technology company developing accurate, accessible and non-invasive disease screening products for proactively treating cancer and other diseases at their most manageable stages. The company has been developing a test powered by machine learning to test for various types of cancer, currently prostate and colorectal cancers.
Aural Analytics US / 20154.7M SeedMorningside Group, Tamarisc Ventures, National Science FoundationA2 builds custom applications that objectively measure changes in brain health using speech, fine motor, and other modalities. Aural Analytics has built proprietary metrics that use speech to capture changes in neurological health. With Aural Analytics apps, any smartphone or tablet becomes a powerful brain health monitor. Its technology can reveal the incremental changes that occur as a patient progresses from one point on a functional rating scale to the next.
CellmatiQ Germany/ 2018SeedIFB InnovationsstarterCellmatiQ's products include 1) Cephalometric x-ray images - the diagnostic for dental practice, ranging from detection of caries or periodontal diseases via root canal treatments and prosthodontics to maxillofacial oncology. 2) DentaliQ's AI automates the ID of relevant diagnostic points in x-rays and reduces the analysis time from ca. 15 minutes to mere seconds - thereby allowing dentists to focus more on their diagnostics and treatment plans.
Athelas US / 201620.5M ASequoia Capital, YC, Novartis Venture Fund, Aravis VenturesAthelas builds health care technology powered by deep learning which is a low-cost, blood diagnostics device made for testing certain diseases like the flu, bacterial infections, and cancer in the comfort of home. Because they utilize Computer Vision instead of traditional colter counting or flow-based cytometry, Athelas is able to maintain a high degree of precision on drop samples.
AiCure US / 201051.8M CPalisades Growth Capital, invPalisades Growth Capital, Singtel Innov8, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Accelmed Growth Partners, SpringRockVenturesAiCure's intelligent medical assistant, IMA, leverages a visual recognition platform to monitor patient progress. IMA provides visual dose confirmation, interactive patient support and engagement, and visual diagnostic capabilities. The platform has been validated to improve patient behavior in randomized controlled trials. In clinical research, AiCure is increasing the probability of trial success and introducing more objective clinical endpoints.
Young.AI Isle of Man / 2016165M BGrok Ventures, IPGL, Foresite CapitalYoung.ai is a human aging and longevity that aims to extend human health-span and eventually lifespan by developing therapies to treat diseases of aging and increase human longevity.
Arterys US / 201143.7M BTemasek Holdings, Emergent Medical Partners, Asset Management Ventures (AMV)Arterys transforms medical imaging via high performance cloud computation for the benefit of both patients and clinicians by creating an automated and intelligent diagnostic platform. Arterys tackles the workloads radiologists face, the lack of accuracy with today's tools, and the need for increased consistency across practices. The company was the first to receive FDA clearance for a cloud-based product with Artificial Intelligence, and currently has 5 FDA clearances, and is active in 28 countries.
Quantib Netherlands / 20125.5M AHolland VentureQuantib BV is a medical technology company that develops innovative software in the field of quantitative MRI and CT image analysis.
Synyi China 80 MTencent Holdings, Xianghe Capital, GGV CapitalSynyi AI is the leading medical AI company focusing on medical data governance, mining and application. Their mission is to accelerate the establishment of futuristic learning healthcare system based on data-driven artificial intelligence to build up applications for medical management, patient service, clinical research, and so.
Lark US / 201145.7M CKing River Capital, Outcomes Fund, Pegasus Tech VenturesLark Health is the leading chronic disease prevention and management platform using proven, AI-augmented health coaching to deliver better health outcomes at scale. Lark uses AI to provide real-time, personalized, 24/7 support, and counseling to help users make healthier choices and manage their conditions. Lark’s CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program, Wellness Program, Diabetes Care Program, and Hypertension Program have 1.5 million users.
Emedgene Israel / 20156M AOlive Tree VenturesEmedgene is the world's first completely automated genetic interpretation platform. Emedgene uses NLP to ‘read’ new genetic publications, and incorporate them into an always up-to-date knowledge base. They then run machine learning discovery algorithms that pinpoint pathogenic variants, for a clear path to clinical decisions. Clinical labs using Emedgene improve dry lab efficiency, reduce time spent on interpretation and reporting and increase yield without increasing headcount.
Health[at]Scale US / 201516M AOptumHEALTH[at]SCALE develops ML and AI healthcare application that matches every patient to relevant treatment by relevant provider at relevant time. It develops products, such as HEALTH[at]SCALE INTERCEPTION that identifies members within populations and enables selective and targeted early action to reduce this risk; HEALTH[at]SCALE STEERAGE builds the preferred networks and offers risk-adjusted insights to improve networks over time.
Medable US / 201525MGSR Ventures he company aims to reduce clinical trial timelines by 50% through its decentralized trial platform to streamline design, recruitment, retention, and the collection of data. Siloed systems are replaced with integrated digital tools, data and interfaces to accelerate trial execution.
inveox Germany / 201719M ATMC Innovation, Startup events, othersInveox develops systems to digitize, automate and connect pathology laboratories. With an innovative automation system for sample preparation in histopathology, inveox increases efficiency and safety in pathology laboratories. As a result, the risk of operational irregularities and potential misdiagnoses are significantly reduced and patient safety – especially in cancer diagnostics – is greatly improved.
Cloud Pharmaceuticals US / 20141.5M GrantNational Science FoundationCloud Pharmaceuticals uses a proprietary design process that combines AI and cloud computing to search virtual molecular space and applies along sophisticated molecular modeling to design novel drugs that are well-qualified for development from the outset and have original composition of matter IP. The process enables faster drug development at a lower cost and a higher success rate.
Vara Germany / 20167.7M AOMERS Ventures, Merantix, Think.Health, Soleria CapitalVara offers a CE-certified machine learning software, which helps radiologists focus on detecting cancers in mammograms. It pre-writes a report, which physicians can then double-check and easily sign off with a single click.
Sema4 US / 2017241M CBlackrock Innovation Capital, Section 32, Blackstone Group, Decheng Capital, othersSema4 is a patient-centered predictive health company dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Their innovative Sema4 Health Intelligence Platform uses advanced network analysis in massive population data sets to build better models of human health and deliver personalized insights for patients.
Tagnos US / 20055.5MCisco Investments, Benhamou Global Ventures, Morpheus VenturesTagnos offers the leading clinical logistics automation solution for hospitals and clinics. Their SaaS platform analyzes data from clinical systems, including EHR, CPOE, LIS, RIS, and ADT systems, along with RTLS tracking devices, to facilitate patient flow through the hospital. The insights produced by their AI algorithms help healthcare organizations optimize their staff and asset utilization to prevent bottlenecks, reduce wait times and improve throughput, while increasing patient and staff satisfaction.
Wysa India / 20152M Seedpi Ventures, Kae Capital, othersWysa, developed by Touchkin, is redefining emotional wellness by pioneering AI-driven empathic, compassionate conversations supported by human coaches. It is free and anonymous.
Celsium UK / 2018SeedGrowthdeckCelsium unlocks the 'hidden science' of core temperature through AI and ML - enabling earlier detection of disease. It is a maker of wearable, medical-grade monitoring devices for measuring temperature.
ArtiQ Belgium / 20191.1M SeedGemma Frisius Fund, KBCArtiQ is helping the interpretation of pulmonary function tests and improving lung disease diagnostic environment. The company has developed ArtiQ|PFT, an AI-based decision support tool offering pulmonologists a “standardized evaluation” of the patient’s lung function.
Harrison.ai Australia / 201829M SeedBlackbird Ventures, Horizons Ventures, Skip Capital, Ramsay Health CareThe startup is helping IVF patients to improve the odds of success by applying deep learning to the embryo selection process. Harrison.ai, along with its partner Virus Health Limited, developed and deployed a deep learning model (‘VY) for predicting the likelihood of pregnancy from analyzing time-lapse incubation videos. IVY is now used across Australia in clinics run by Virtus Health.
Life Whisperer Australia / 20163M SeedJungle CapitalLife Whisperer uses AI to assist clinicians to identify viable embryos in IVF, and to ultimately improve outcomes for couples wanting to have children. An international clinical study involving 12 IVF centers demonstrated that Life Whisperer’s AI performs 30% better than highly skilled embryologists when identifying viable embryos from medical images. Life Whisperer is delivered to clinics via a scalable web-based tool and can be easily accessed on-demand by any clinic globally.
Ibex Medical Analytics Israel / 201613.6M AaMoon Fund, 83North, Dell Technologies Capital, KametIbex Medical Analytics is using AI and computer vision to develop a best-in-class product suite to improve clinical decision-making and to streamline pathology laboratory workflows.
Color US / 2013150M DT. Rowe Funds, Viking Global Investors, General Catalyst, Shasta Venture, Pegasus Tech VenturesColor provides accessible, population-scale genetics services. Color provides high-quality, physician-ordered, genetic testing at a low cost. They include support for physicians, as well as genetic counseling as part of every purchase. Their goal is to expand physician-supported access to genetic testing to help every person, everywhere understand their risk for hereditary disorders.
Ferrum US / 20189M SeedBlumberg Capital, GSR, Vulcan Capital, Valley Capital PartnersFerrum is developing an AI patient safety platform to prevent medical errors. It provides a HIPAA-compliant evaluation system that runs computer vision and natural language processing algorithms on patient data to spot gaps in health coverage.
Woebot US / 20168M ANEA, JAZZ VenturesWoebot is an automated conversational agent who helps monitor mood. Drawing from a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Woebot asks people how they’re feeling and what is going on in their lives in the format of brief daily conversations.
MedWhat US / 20103.2MMicrosoft Accelerator Seattle, Fusion Fund, StartXMedWhat is a medical AI company developing medical cognitive computing, deep learning, machine learning, natural language processing and personalized medicine. MedWhat is building a unified algorithmic architecture to achieve human-level intelligence in medicine.
Mediktor Spain / 20113.3M AAlta Life SciencesMediktor is the expert system for pre-diagnoses, triage, and decision-making support. With Mediktor, the patients can make better decisions from the first symptoms and the healthcare system can organize its demand and optimize resources to offer better medical coverage.
Aiva Health US / 2016100K SeedAmazon Alexa Fund, GoogleAiva Health offers a voice-powered healthcare assistant for patient care. It frees up clinicians to deliver faster, more personal care, which improves caregiving for them as well as their patients. Aiva is piloting at several facilities and home care providers.
Sift Healthcare US / 20174.5M AWinnebago Seed FundSift Healthcare brings data science to healthcare payments, integrating machine learning and predictive analytics to reduce insurance denials, maximize patient payments, and optimize revenue cycle operations.
Biofourmis US / 201544M BMassMutual Ventures, Sequoia Capital India, Aviva Ventures, Openspace Ventures, othersThe company discovers, develops and delivers clinically validated software-based therapeutics to enable better outcomes for patients. These solutions include advanced tools for clinicians to deliver personalized care and cost-effective solutions for payers. Biofourmis has built Biovitals™, a highly sophisticated personalized AI-powered health analytics platform that predicts clinical exacerbation days in advance before a critical event.
Kyruus US / 2010118.2M CorporateSalesforce Ventures, New Leaf Venture Partners, Lux Capital, Eight Roads Ventures, Venrock, Highland Capital PartnersKyruus delivers proven provider search and scheduling solutions that help hospitals and health systems match patients with the providers best suited to care for them. The ProviderMatch suite of solutions—for consumers, access centers, and referral networks—enables a consistent patient experience across multiple points of access, while aligning provider supply with patient demand.
Praktice.ai Singapore / 20171.1M SeedHealthXCapital, AIRMaker, TechstarsPraktice.ai’s medical AI assistant for hospitals helps them engage their patients better to drive revenues.
Mendel.ai US / 20162M SeedBootstrapLabs, BootstrapLabs, DCM Ventures, SOSVMendel.ai is dedicated to supporting and improving clinical oncology research. They build software to solve problems at each stage of the clinical trial process, from feasibility to post-trial pharmacovigilance.
Risalto Health US / 20168.5M AHealth Catalyst CapitalRisalto is a comprehensive solution for back, neck, knee, and hip pain. Risalto's care concierge program combines expert algorithm with white glove service and tools that empower patients to navigate a confusing musculoskeletal care environment.
Eden Health US / 201639M BFlare Capital Partners, GreycroftEden Health is a direct-to-employer healthcare provider that specializes in virtual primary care, insurance navigation, and workplace pop-up clinics.
PathAI US / 201675.2MLabCorp, General Atlantic, General CatalystPathAI’s services solve the most challenging pathology problems faced by the research and pharmaceutical industry. The PathAI platform provides end-to-end automation for reliable, scalable, and cost-effective long-term solutions.
Nutrino Israel / 201111M AGandyr Group, Nielsen Innovate, Pereg Ventures, New York AngelsNutrino is a data platform that gets to know personal biochemistry, then uses that information to determine your FoodPrintTM - the digital signature of how food affects the body. Nutrino offers nutritional values and data through wearables and other technologies like image recognition.
Braid Health US / 201812M ALux CapitalThe AI-powered diagnostic imaging platform, Braid Health has built the next-generation, AI-powered collaboration platform in healthcare that empowers radiologists and healthcare providers to deliver diagnoses for any patient, anywhere.
SNAQ Switzerland / 2017SeedVenture KickSNAQ is a machine learning and computer vision startup that reveals the impact of food on health. With their patent-pending nutrition analysis solution, they provide the most convenient and accurate way to capture nutritional intake and explain how it affects different health parameters. SNAQ offers its technology for licensing for health and lifestyle applications active in the medical field. Send them an image, they will recognize all food items and calculate the portion size for each item.
Niramai India / 20166.1M ABEENEXT, Dream Incubator, Google Launchpad Accelerator, Pi VenturesNIRAMAI has developed a novel breast cancer screening solution that uses machine intelligence over thermography images to enable a low cost, easy to use, portable solution and requires minimal human supervision. Their solution can detect cancer at a much earlier stage than traditional diagnostic methods and self-examination and can, therefore, improve survival rates. Their method of breast cancer screening can detect tumors 5 times smaller than what clinical exam can detect, is non-contact, painless and free of any radiation.
SkinIO US / 20080.5M SeedskinIO is a full-body skin cancer screening on a mobile device that monitors skin health by tracking longitudinal changes in skin. SkinIO combines advanced computer vision with deep learning to map entire body regions and track changes in skin over time, using only the camera on your everyday mobile device.
SkinVision The Netherlands / 201212M B Leo Pharma, PHS CapitalSkinVision uses the smartphone’s camera to monitor skin lesions and assess skin cancer risk. SkinVision supports individuals with the early recognition of melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and precancerous actinic keratosis. The company has built up a customer portfolio of 1,200,000 users globally and a database of 3,5 million pictures of suspicious skin conditions.
Maverick Medical AI Israel / 2018700K 2018The TimeMaverick Medical AI is focusing on textual data available in specialist reports, in order to analyze patient’s risk factors and to estimate probabilities of future risk factors for chronic conditions with the highest accuracy level possible. Implementing proprietary big data and machine learning technologies, Maverick AI empowers providers and payers with valuable data for more effective diagnosis and risk profiling and prediction.
Qure.ai India / 201616M ASequoia India, MassMutual Ventures Southeast AsiaThe startup enhances imaging accuracy and in turn, improves health outcomes with the assistance of a machine-supported tool.
Enlitic US / 201415M BMarubeni Corporation, Capitol HealthEnlitic is able to analyze a wide variety of healthcare data sources, including billions of clinical cases, to improve diagnostic accuracy, speed, and patient outcomes, as well as accelerate pharmaceutical research and drug trials. In a clinical study, their chest CT models were found to help radiologists identify malignant lung nodules up to 18 months sooner.
Healx UK / 201467.9M BAtomico, Balderton Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, Jonathan MilnerHealx integrates AI with expert pharmacology to discover new treatments for rare diseases and to accelerate them into clinical trials within 2 years. To achieve this, Healx has developed the AI-based drug discovery platform for rare diseases: HealNet. HealNet disrupts drug discovery, reducing the costs, time and risk of bringing new therapies to market. Their plan is to have 100 treatments for rare diseases in development by 2025.
Tempus US / 2015620M GBaillie Gifford, T. Rowe Price, New Enterprise Associates, RevolutionTempus is a technology company that has built an operating system to battle cancer. It is on a mission to redefine how genomic data is used in a clinical setting. Their goal is for each patient to benefit from the treatment of others who came before by enabling physicians to deliver personalized cancer care for patients through interactive analytical and machine learning platform.
HuiMei Healthcare China / 201530M CQiming Venture PartnersHuimei Technology was founded as an affiliate of Huimei Healthcare Group, a joint venture founded by the Chinese investment firm Hillhouse Capital and American Mayo Clinic. IT specializes in the deep mining of medical big data, as well as the development and clinical application of medical AI products. Their core products use natural language processing, deep learning, and other AI techniques to process clinical big data.
Robin Healthcare US / 201714.9M ANorwest Venture PartnersRobin Healthcare is an AI empowered medical scribe that takes care of medical documentation with no clicking. Robin Healthcare combines the power of AI, voice recognition, and domestic virtual medical scribes and care coordinators to solve healthcare biggest challenges and inefficiencies. Their services utilize the latest military-grade encryption technology to ensure patient data is kept confidential.
Olive US / 2012123.8M DGeneral Catalyst, Ascension Ventures, Oak HC/FT, Khosla Ventures, Drive CapitalOlive automates healthcare’s most robotic processes. Her advanced Computer Vision and Machine Learning skills, along with fundamental RPA capabilities, enable her to take an impact-driven approach to AI implementation, providing both immediate and long-term value to healthcare organizations.
StethoMe Poland / 20154.2M SeedNational Center for Research and Development, TDJ Pitango Ventures, SpeedUp Venture Capital GroupStethoMe is an automatic and remote lung and heart screening. Their primary product is a wireless, electronic stethoscope working with a dedicated smartphone app and StethoMe AI. The device and AI algorithms have been certified in the EU as a class 2a medical device. The electronic StethoMe stethoscope is a precision medical device intended for performing auscultation of the respiratory system and heart.
Zebra Medical Vision Israel / 201450M CaMoon Fund, Intermountain Healthcare, Khosla VenturesZebra helps doctors make the right decisions by developing deep learning algorithms for interpretation of medical images, working with data and research partners to train and improve the algorithms and validate their efficacy, and integrating Zebra’s products with the workflow of practicing radiologists. Its algorithms provide this missing feedback by offering radiologists a second opinion. Zebra has developed 48 algorithms addressing 48 different medical conditions.
Vaxine Australia / 2002Vaxine is focussing on development of innovative vaccine technologies, with its lead product - Advax delta inulin adjuvant. It has developed an impressive pipeline of vaccines against infectious disease, allergy, and cancer. Vaxine is currently applying technology to development of vaccines against hepatitis B, pandemic influenza, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile virus, malaria, HIV and rabies, amongst others.
SerenusAI Israel / 20161.9M SeedFirstime Venture CapitalSerenus.AI's first product is a clinically objective, AI-based, automated case-by-case review system to improve the utilization and prior authorization processes before medical procedures. The solution reduces both medical and administrative costs, boosts satisfaction across the board, and advances care quality and effectiveness.
Bodyport US / 201415.8M APlayground Global, Initialized CapitalBodyport is the maker of a connected bathroom scale for monitoring cardiac biomarkers in the home.
Tricog Singapore / 201417.5M BUTEC, Aflac Ventures, TeamFund, Dream IncubatorTricog is a predictive healthcare analytics firms. Its InstaECG platform has been deployed in over 2,500 cath labs, hospitals, and clinics to help diagnose and manage patients with critical cardiac diseases including heart attacks. Their AI has a data store that exhibits 200+ cardiac conditions, which significantly enhances the detection of rare cardiac disorders.
Your.MD UK / 201217.3M SeedOrkla Ventures, Smedvig CapitalYour.MD is AI health information service, offering everyone free access to the health information they need. It empowers people to discover what's wrong with them thanks to the world's first AI system designed to understand individual situations and personal factors, receive medically certified guidance, and discover the best available next step options.
Humanity US / 20192.5M SeedOne Way Ventures, SuperangelHumanity develops a software application designed to provide information on how to stop the aging process and extend the healthspan of humanity. The service allows people to try different interventions and solutions to help move those biomarkers in a positive direction.
Current Health, snap40 US, Scotland / 201523.2M AADV, Par Equity, SBRI HealthcareThe company is building a continuous, wireless monitoring and precise early warning alerts. The company’s wearable monitors upper arm skin temperature, pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and movement, among other things. Their ultimate goal is to provide clinical teams with a more fleshed out view of at-home patients. The company has recently received clearance for use in post-acute care.
Kaia Health Germany / 201522M AOptum Ventures, Balderton CapitalKaia Health offers an app-based digital therapy focused on chronic pain that transforms the most effective offline therapies into digital therapies and connects these therapies to technologies that enhance the therapeutic effect.
Lam Therapeutics US / 201398M CA 4Catalyzer companyLAM Therapeutics advances the clinical development of new therapies to treat Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and other diseases including cancer. LAM takes advantage of the inflection point in biological understanding and computer science, leveraging big data from Next Gen sequencing, genome editing, chemical genomics, and combinational drug screening, to develop precision therapeutics and companion diagnostics. LAM has advanced two drugs into the clinic: LAM-001 for lymphangioleiomyomatosis, and LAM-002 for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Viome US / 201645.5M BMarc Benioff, Physician Partners, Khosla VenturesViome offers wellness as a service and applies AI to complex biological data to provide personalized recommendations for healthy living. The company identifies and quantifies all the strains and species of microorganisms in the gut. Then they run this data through an advanced AI algorithm, which uses a massive database of information to come up with personalized nutrition recommendations.
iThermo (KroniKare.ai) Singapore / 2017To watchAn AI-powered temperature screening solution that screens and identifies those having or showing symptoms of fever.
Haut.AI Estonia / 2018To watchThe startup is developing AI algorithms for recognition of skin pathologies. Their developments are based on the algorithms of computer vision and machine learning including deep learning. Their core product is SaaS for skincare.
ContinUse Biometrics Israel / 201527M BThe Chartered Group, Olive Tree VenturesContinUse Biometrics is developing its own sensing technology. The startup monitors 20+ bio-parameters — including heart rate, glucose levels, and blood pressure — and uses AI to spot abnormal behavior. They are bringing to the market the remote, effortless and non-touch sensing technology that both authenticates users and monitors their physiological state. The sensor enables remote detection of heart and respiration rates, including auscultation of both heart and lung sounds, blood pressure, myography, peripheral hemodynamics, and even biochemical screens – all from a distance, without any physical contact.
Transformative UK / 20172.4M SeedTera Ventures, AI Seed, Wellcome, InHealth VenturesTrnasformative predicts sudden cardiac arrest. It collects and translates clinical data into real-time, predictive assessments that guide the actions of patients and healthcare providers.
Quartet US / 2014152M DCentene, F-Prime Capital, Polaris Partners, GV, Oak HC/FTQuartet Health is a behavioural health technology company. Their suite of products integrate care for patients with chronic medical and behavioural health conditions to deliver improved outcomes and lower total cost of care. They arm doctors with the right tools to diagnose patients and easily refer them to a trusted network of mental health providers.
Eko US / 201327.8M BArtis VenturesEko creates FDA approved software, AI, and heart sound and EKG sensors for heart disease monitoring. Eko harnesses the power of smartphones and cloud data for monitoring patients with cardiovascular diseases. It has built a platform of non-invasive cardiovascular monitoring devices, clinical software, and point-of-care decision support algorithms to improve the delivery of cardiovascular care. In 2015, Eko launched the Eko Core Digital Stethoscope, the first FDA-cleared digital stethoscope on the market to wirelessly stream heart and lung sounds to HIPAA-compliant software.
Sight Diagnostics Israel / 2011128M DLongliv VenturesSight has developed an artificial intelligence-driven platform for blood analysis and infectious disease diagnostics based on its proprietary machine-vision technology. Sight’s technology was first deployed in 2014 to detect Malaria using digital fluorescent microscopy. Over 600,000 tests have been sold to accurately and consistently diagnose Malaria in 25 countries. The company’s newest offering, OLO, brings complete blood count testing to the point-of-care and is now commercially available for sale in the EU and other non-US countries.
DeepTrait Ukraine / 2019300K SeedStarFinder and the National Center for Research and DevelopmentDeepTrait technology analyzes large volumes of sequenced genomes. DeepTrait works on developing self-learning AI capable of working with full genomes of crop plants, on the nucleotide level. The goal is to change the way we do crop development, engineering, and selection. DeepTrait technology connects traits with their genetic origins thus helping to analyze and design new crop types with desired phenotypes.
StuffThatWorks Israel / 20189M SeedBessemer Venture Partners, 83North, Ofek VenturesStuff That Works develops a statistics engine that analyzes data and turns it into general and personalized insights. Through the platform, people can look up various health conditions, and then contribute their own experiences and treatment approaches.
SigTuple India / 201441M CTrusted Insight, Accel, IDG VenturesSigTuple's vision is to revolutionize the global medical diagnostic space through data-driven intelligence. They aim to create a data-driven, machine-learned, cloud-based solution for the detection of anomalies and trends in medical data, which improves the accuracy and efficiency of disease diagnosis.
MaxQ AI Israel / 2013IPO announced IPO announced MaxQ AI develops software that uses artificial intelligence to interpret medical images, such as CT scans, and surrounding patient data. The software enables doctors to make faster, more accurate decisions when diagnosing stroke, brain trauma, and other serious conditions.
OrCam Israel / 2010130MClal Insurance Enterprises Holdings, Meitav Investment House, Intel Capital OrCam has created a technologically advanced device unique in its ability to provide visual aid through a discreet wearable platform and simple easy-to-use interface which serves to enhance the daily lives of people with vision loss. The OrCam device is a smart camera mounted on the frames of your eyeglasses, which “sees” text, recognizes objects and “whispers” in your ear.
K Health US / 201697M CMangrove Capital Partners, 14W, Comcast VenturesK Health has built the first HIPAA compliant AI health app 100% fuelled by data, empowering users worldwide to take control of their health. By working with a unique data set of over a billion health interactions, K Health is able to generate better and more accurate insights based on PLM (a.k.a. “People Like Me”), a new approach to understanding the health that looks at other people like us who have had similar experiences.
GNS Healthcare US / 200077.3M DCigna Ventures, Amgen Ventures, Cambia Health Solutions, others GNS product, REFS (Reverse Engineering Forward Simulation) is a causal machine learning platform – a powerful form of AI that learns directly from the data. Unlike other AI technologies, that rely on scanning and interpreting available data, REFS discovers new insights from the data. By leveraging the most powerful form of AI, called causal machine learning, GNS transforms massive and diverse data streams to precisely match therapeutics, procedures, and care management interventions to individuals.
Babylon Health UK / 2013635M CSaudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, KinnevikBabylon is a digital health service provider that combines AI technology with the medical expertise of humans. Babylon delivers full access to healthcare, including personalized health assessments, treatment advice and face-to-face appointments with a doctor 24/7. With the Babylon app, you can talk to a GP within minutes via phone or video call, ask simple medical questions via their text service and monitor your health with their comprehensive tracking system.
Deep Lens US / 201717.2M ANorthpond Ventures, Rev1 Ventures, Sierra Ventures, Tamarind HillDeep Lens is focused on identifying patients for clinical trials using VIPER, an award-winning, AI-driven, digital pathology cloud platform which for over ten years has allowed pathology groups to collaborate on groundbreaking cancer research across dozens of cancer types.
mPulse Mobile US / 201424.4M BSJF Ventures, Cambia Health Solutions, Rincon Venture Partners, HLM Venture PartnersmPulse Mobile combines technology, analytics and industry expertise that helps healthcare organizations activate their customers to adopt healthy behaviors. With over 9 years of experience, a hundred million messages sent, and 70+ Health Plan, Provider, Pharma and Wellness customers, mPulse Mobile has the data to drive healthy behavior change.
TNH Health Brazil / 20132M AValor Capital GroupTNH Health creates AI-powered chatbots to help healthcare organizations engage and monitor large patient populations. Its expertise is built around population health management for emerging markets and its solutions have been specifically designed for low and middle-income populations where cost and access continue to be major constraints. Some of their work includes: monitoring Zika and Dengue outbreaks, educating low-income expectant mothers, and improving the success of family health programs.
twoXAR US / 201414.3M ASoftbank Ventures Asia, Andreessen HorowitztwoXAR is an AI-driven drug discovery company. They leverage their computational platform to identify promising drug candidates, validate & de-risk them through preclinical studies, and progress candidates to the clinic through industry and investor partnerships.
SophiA Genetics Switzerland / 2011140.2M EGeneration Investment Management, Balderton Capital, Marc Coucke, Invoke Capital PartnersLeader in Data-Driven Medicine, SOPHiA GENETICS is a health tech company that developed SOPHiA, an advanced AI technology helping healthcare professionals make sense of the large amount of clinical data. SOPHiA GENETICS is democratizing Data-Driven Medicine by enabling the rapid adoption of genomic and radiomic analysis worldwide, turning data into actionable insights, and sharing knowledge.
Paige.AI US / 201870M BHealthcare Venture Partners, Breyer CapitalPaige.AI, stands for Pathology AI Guidance Engine, is a new startup that uses AI to fight cancer. The company said that it plans to focus first on breast, prostate, and other major cancers. At the heart of Paige are large-scale machine learning algorithms that are trained at petabyte-scale from tens of thousands of digital slides. They are developing novel deep learning algorithms based on convolutional and recurrent neural networks as well as generative models that are able to learn efficiently from an unprecedented wealth of visual and clinical data.
Myia Labs US / 201716.8M AMercy Virtual, BootstrapLabs, Zetta Venture PartnersMyia is an intelligent health platform that monitors and engages patients beyond the clinical setting. By providing actionable and immediate insights on patient condition, Myia improves quality of life for patients and predicts and prevents costly medical events for care providers.
VIDA Diagnostics US / 200420.4MUnity Point Strategic InvestmentVIDA is the leader in quantitative pulmonary imaging analysis offering a unique lung imaging evaluation as a service to aid in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment evaluation of pulmonary diseases. VIDA increases the value of each imaging exam by providing image-based screening, diagnostic and therapy planning solutions evaluated in a strict, quality controlled environment to optimize personalized patient management for the pulmonary clinician at the point of care.
Bio Conscious Technologies Canada / 20151M SeedBio Conscious Technologies develops personalized disease prevention and management tools using ML. Their tools predict complications associated with chronic diseases to enable patients to proactively manage their health. The company created the Diabits app, a personalized diabetes management tool for people with type I and type II diabetes. Using AI algorithms, the Diabits app builds a personalized model of blood sugar.
BeaconCure Israel / 20151.4M SeedBeaconCure is developing an AI-based text analytics platform to help pharmaceutical companies detect errors in their clinical trial regulatory submissions.
Lumiata US / 201331M B Intel Capital, Khosla Ventures, Sandbox IndustriesLumiata uses AI for individualized health spend forecasts. Lumiata provides predictive analytics for managing health costs and risks impacting millions of lives. Lumiata is powered by 75 million-member data, proprietary clinical, risk, and financial algorithms, and industry-leading data science and machine learning talent.
InsightRX US / 201512.8M AHealthX Ventures, Rock Health, OSF HealthCare, Leawood Venture Capital, othersInsightRX is a software platform that incorporates the principles of quantitative pharmacology and machine learning to provide an individualized understanding of a patient’s response to treatment. The platform guides treatment decisions at both the individual level and the population level. InsightRX controls clinically validated pharmacokinetic models, patient physiology, pharmacogenomics, drug concentrations, and biomarkers to optimize dosing. It combines real-time patient data and machine learning to understand individual patient pharmacology and inform dose optimization.
Sensely US / 201326.8M CAflac Corporate Ventures, Chengwei Capital, Launchpad Digital Health, Mayo ClinicSensely’s avatar and chatbot-based platforms assist insurance plan members and patients with the insurance services and healthcare resources they need, when they need it. By utilizing Sensely’s scalable platform technology architecture, enterprises can converse with their members in an entirely new way, combining the empathy of human conversation with the efficiency and scalability of technology.

M&A Activity in AI Healthcare

Who acquired whom and why

There is a lot of enthusiasm for M&A activity with AI-based healthcare companies. According to Cortellis, there were over 30 deals completed since 2017 in AI + Healthcare with the average deal size of $438m. In 2019 alone we have counted over 20 deals and over 10 so far in 2020. Such invigorated deal flow is mostly due to the fact that large life science and pharmaceutical companies are eager to enter AI space through acquisitions. Below, we summarize the M&A deal flow of 2019-2020 YTD:

CompanyHQ / year foundedAmount Raised, $Deal Amount, $AcquirerDeal Rationale
Tueo Health US / 20151.1M SeedAppleTueo Health has developed a solution that delivers accurate, objective indicators of asthma control together with clinical insight and understanding of what patients and their families need to achieve the best control and outcomes.
Nox Health US / 2011FusionHealth Sleep-health startups Fusion Health and Nox Health merged to form the Nox Health. Nox Health is the world leader in sleep medical technology, eliminating common pain points associated with sleep testing, and delivering unparalleled data quality and insights for clinicians.
PARO US / 2006WaystarThe revenue cycle management vendor will use PARO, a charity screening predictive analytics solution, to help healthcare organizations identify patients who would qualify for charity under a provider’s Financial Assistance Policy, using thousands of sources of socioeconomic data instead of credit scores.
Inui Health Israel / 201356M B9M Healthy.ioInui Health is a consumer medical diagnostics company that provides urinalysis at home via smartphone. The company was acquired by its US rival Inui Health.
Just Biotherapeutics US / 201429M90MEvotec (ETR:EVT)Acquisition extends Evotec’s multimodality offering, with integrated solutions for small molecules and biologics and expands Evotec’s US footprint in Seattle and machine learning capabilities.
Tueo Health US / 20151.1M1.1MAppleA digital solution for improved asthma management empowering families take control of the disease. The company’s approach involved an app paired with a sensor that can collect relevant data, alert users of sudden changes in condition.
Lumedic US / 2018Providence St. Joseph HealthThe health system's use of Lumedic's blockchain technology will transform claims processing and interoperability between providers and payers, leading to lower costs, improved caregiver focus, and long-term affordability of care.
BreathResearch US / 2010SeedAireHealthBreathResearch converts the air waves from your breathing into sound waves producing new respiratory analytics to improve health, fitness and performance.
M*Model 1B3M (NYS: MMM)M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of cloud-based, conversational Artificial Intelligence -powered systems that help physicians efficiently capture and improve the patient narrative so they can spend more time with their patients and provide higher quality of care.
Corstem Canada / 2016Circle Cardiovascular ImagingCircle Cardiovascular Imaging acquires a machine learning and artificial intelligence software developer specialized in cardiac imaging analysis.
Pathway Rx 0.07MSundial Growers (NAS:SNDL)Sundial Growers acquires Pathway Rx to identify and develop cannabis strains for medicinal use.
Performance Lab Australia / 1987Pear SportsPerformance Lab develops a technology that automatically senses activity, analyses it, and interprets it to create individually tailored coaching advice.
WhiteHatAI US / 2016SharecareWhiteHatAI develops advanced healthcare AI for healthcare payment integrity and prevention of fraud, waste and abuse.
KiviHealth India / 20150.5M10MNetmeds.comKiViHealth is a practice/clinic management platform which allows doctors to generate digital prescriptions. The app also provides an appointment booking module and patient engagement tool along with billing/ invoicing solutions.
Lightning Bolt Solutions US / 2002PerfectServe, K1 Investment ManagementThe acquisition of an AI-run physician shift scheduling technology designed for hospital and healthcare system, PerfectServe hopes to unify the entire care team across the continuum.
SimplicityBio Switzerland / 20130.1MQuartzBioPrecision for Medicine, part of US-based Precision Medicine Group, today announced the acquisition of SimplicityBio, adding artificial intelligence to Precision’s QuartzBio multiomic data integration & informatics platform.
Joyable US / 201410M10M+AbleToAbleTo users will gain access Joyable’s mental health coaching app.
Geneva Healthcare US / 20113.7M65MBioTelemetryGeneva Healthcare, maker of remote monitoring for implantable cardiac devices. Biotelemetry will gain access to Geneva’s cloud-based platform, which has the ability to aggregate data from device manufacturer systems.
Gaido Health US / 2018BiofourmisGaido Health is an AI platform for the continuous monitoring of Post-discharge oncology patients. The company's predictive analytics will allow Biofiurmis to more effectively monitor oncology patients.
Health Navigator US / 2013AmazonHealth Navigator’s platform created to be integrated into online health services, including telemedicine and medical call centers, to standardize the process of working with patients, will now be part of Amazon Care.
CTRL-labs US / 201567M500M+FacebookThe company is building a device capable of translating electrical muscle impulses into digital signals. Facebook believes that the startup is able to change the way people connect.
healthIO 2016850K SeedMilliman Healthio combines the forces of IoT, Big Data and AI in healthcare to predict adverse events and progression of chronic conditions.
Digitize.AI US / 20170.7MWaystarDigitize.AI, an artificial intelligence technology firm providing the healthcare industry with faster and smarter prior authorizations.
Medidata US / 19805.8BDassault SystèmesMedidata’s cloud-based services help with the development of therapeutic innovations and clinical operations performance. Medidata’s software analyzes pharmaceutical and biotech trials for global drugmakers like Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sanofi, with the aim of lowering the total cost of clinical development by optimizing clinical trials.
Enjo (Mental Wellness) Sweden0.5MKRYKRY has acquired the company Hello Shim, who developed the psychology-apps Enjo and Shim - two chatbots for mental well being. With the acquisition, KRY strengthens its market-leading position to fast forward the future of healthcare in Europe.
BioXcel Therapeutics US / 2017IPO: NASDAQ:BTAI BioXcel Therapeutics are a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on drug development that utilizes AI) to identify the next wave of medicines across neuroscience and immuno-oncology.
PYA Analytics (tech assets) US / 20131MVerana HealthVerana Health purchased PYA Analytics’ technology assets with a focus on curating and analyzing real-world clinical data.
Cytobank US / 2009Beckman Coulter Life SciencesCytobank provides an industry-leading, cloud and machine learning-based software platform for multi-parametric single-cell data analysis, sharing and archiving. The technology pairs naturally with Beckman Coulter Life Sciences’ CytoFLEX LX 21-color flow cytometer to meet the growing high-complexity workflow and data analysis needs of basic and clinical research scientists.
My Pain Sensei Canada30MThe DNA CompanyMy Pain Sensei was acquired by the genomics startup The DNA Company to form a new platform - My Next Health - which will use genomic data to help get insights into preventing and managing chronic conditions.
Linguamatics UK / 200164.67MIQVIA (NYS: IQV)Iqvia acquires Linguamatics as part of the company`s commitment to deliver value from artificial intelligence and machine learning. Linguamatics delivers market-leading Natural Language Processing-based AI platform for high-value knowledge discovery and decision support from text.
Quantitative Insights US / 20100.15MQlarity ImagingQlarity Imaging acquired QuantX, the medical imaging AI system, initially developed at the University of Chicago, and incubated at Quantitative Insights, a startup that had been launched with the support of the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Qlarity plans to expand the diagnostic applications of its AI technology to additional image modalities and medical conditions, with the goal of improving patient care while lowering costs for hospitals and payers.
Health Catalyst US / 2008IPO: NASDAQ:HCATHealth Catalyst is a tech platform that organizes and links health-related data from different systems and makes it available for all users.
Deep Longevity Hong Kong /2020Series A3.8MRegent PacificDeep Longevity is a leader in artificial intelligence for aging and longevity research.
Digital Surgery UK / 201398.4MMedtronicDigital Surgery is a privately-held pioneer in surgical artificial intelligence (AI), data and analytics, and digital education and training. The acquisition integrates Digital Surgery into Medtronic’s Surgical Robotics business.
Staple Health UKUnite UsStaple Health provides detailed and predictive analytics about the impact of social factors on acute care.
Mirror US / 200672M B500MlululemonMirror, acquired by an exercise apparel company lululemon, is a connected fitness system that streams live and on-demand classes to users in-home through a sleek responsive display.
ConnectMed Kenya / 20160.3MMerckKenyan e-health startup ConnectMed has had its technology acquired by global healthcare firm Merck, which will take over the company’s telehealth applications and related management systems. Mercl plans to leverage ConnectMed ́s platform in connection with CURAFA points of care in Kenya.
Renalytix AI UK / 201829MIPO: LSE:RENXRenalytixAI is a developer of AI enabled clinical diagnostic solutions for kidney disease. RenalytixAI intends to build a deep, unique pool of kidney disease-related data for different AI-enabled applications designed to improve predictive capability and clinical utility over time.
Firstbeat Analytics Finland / 2020GarminFirstbeat Analytics is a provider of physiological analytics and metrics for consumer devices in the health, wellness, fitness and performance markets.

Remaining challenges

One of the biggest challenges for AI in healthcare will be motivating all players to adopt it faster. Although a lot of innovation is taking place, healthcare is still an old-guarded highly regulated industry with many legacy players. It will take a lot to convince them to adopt more modern but less proven emerging technologies. Those players will want to fully understand and learn to manage the risks of AI in Healthcare before making any rapid movements.

Access to data and data format is another big industry challenge. Standardizing the data and centralizing it in one place and giving access the data to the players that need it will take a lot of cooperation and integration efforts from all players - the government, hospitals, software providers, security companies, regulators and patients.

Finally, despite some progress in this area, making regulations more flexible and in line with the speed of AI innovations is a painstaking process of it own. As Roger Kuan puts it in his HBR article, "adopting AI in healthcare will be slow and difficult". However, the opportunities AI technology brings to the table will force all parties to accelerate the adoption.

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Yuliya Sychikova
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Yuliya is a co-founder and COO of DataRoot Labs, where she oversees operations, sales, communication, and Startup Venture Services. She brings onboard business and venture capital experience that she gained at a leading tech investment company in CEE, where she oversaw numerous deals and managed a portfolio across various tech niches including AI and IT service companies.
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