Health Technology Sector Overview – Q1 2019

This blog post examines the different components of the health technology ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.

Digital Medical Devices Is the Largest Health Technology Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 2250 health technology startups into 22 categories that have raised $81 billion. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.

Health Technology Sector Map

We see that Digital Medical Devices is the largest category with 307 companies. These companies build IT-enabled medical and diagnostic devices for doctors. These devices include detection equipment, monitoring equipment, and surgical tools. Some example companies include Signostics, MediBeacon, Stimwave, and AliveCor.

Let’s now look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out the funding and maturity of these categories in relation to one another.

The Pioneers Quadrant Has the Most Health Technology Categories

Our Innovation Quadrant divides the health technology categories into four different quadrants.

Health Technology Innovation Quadrant
Health Technology Innovation Quadrant

We see that the Pioneers quadrant has the most health technology categories with 10. These categories are in the earlier stages of funding and maturity. The Established quadrant has 7 categories that have reached maturity with less-than-average financing. The Disruptors quadrant contains 4 categories that have acquired significant financing at a young age. The Heavyweights quadrant contains one category, Healthcare Robotics. This category has reached maturity with significant financing.

Conclusion: The Digital Medical Devices Category Leads Health Technology

As the analysis above demonstrates, the Digital Medical Devices category leads health technology in total companies. We’ll see what’s in store for the health technology landscape in the new year!

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