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HealthTech Conference 2013 identifies massive opportunities for healthtech entrepreneurs
HealthTech Conference 2013 identifies massive opportunities for healthtech entrepreneurs

By Anne DeGheest

Please check my article on VentureBeat:

HealthTech Conference 2013 was bustling with energy with “an all-star lineup” of the leading minds in the healthcare industry. The sold-out event demystified the tectonic shifts in our healthcare system and identified specific actions that startup companies must take to be successful.

Big takeaway: The healthcare industry is being disrupted in a massive way, and 16% of GDP is being turned over, creating a tsunami of opportunities!

Overcoming challenges to build successful healthtech companies

The conference emphasized the need for collaboration between healthcare systems, payors, suppliers, entrepreneurs, and investors around emerging opportunities for healthcare innovations. Some of the key takeaways included:

  • The existing Gold Rush towards quickly deploying new digital health solutions is repeating the mistakes we made during the dotcom years — focusing too much on building a demo to show off the digital technologies instead of building a proven value-added solution that a lot of people are willing to pay for.
  • Entrepreneurs often develop a technology without spending enough time defining the pain points for all the stakeholders involved. The winners will create total solutions that benefits physicians, patients, and the ultimate payors.
  • Existing care delivery is not sustainable for both the hospitals and physicians. New models will emerge that deliver care wherever patients are: at home, at work, or at the mall.
  • New data created must be liquid and easy to integrate with other health information systems from mobile systems to hospital EMRs. We do not need more data silos. And don’t forget to ensure HIPAA data compliance for security and privacy requirements.
  • Data only has value if it becomes actionable with proven impact metrics on the subpopulation that needs to change. For example, digital technologies that enable aging at home need to address seniors with different technology skill sets than they would use to address younger consumers.

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Anne DeGheest | 23 November 2013

HealthTech Conference, October 26, 2012

HealthTech Conference in San Francisco on October 26 2012 from Anne DeGheest on Vimeo.

Anne DeGheest | 26 October 2013

Interview with Anne DeGheest

Please check a series of interview with  Anne DeGheest. Learn form a seasoned HealthTech VC.


This is a 3 part series on HealthTech Capital and The HealthTech Conference on October 30, 2103 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.



In this first episode Anne DeGheest talks about the panel discussions and what you will learn by attending The HealthTech Conference. I have seen a lot of conferences over the years. This conference is unique in that it gives the entrepreneur, and investor the tools that need to succeed in providing health related technology.Anne goes on in this episode to convey the new economy and GDP as it relates to HealthCare and possible opportunities. She also discusses patients role in the future in Health Care.This audio series is something you are going to want to bookmark and review over and over again.



In this second episode, Anne DeGheest talks about the power of social media, Aging Demographics, Smartphones, and Behavior modification. She also talks about the 3 aspects all start-ups should have and how to create a great product.

Anne DeGheest | 10 September 2013



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