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Confusion Reigns When it Comes to Tracking mHealth VC Investment

By: On October 30, 2012

According to a recent article on Forbes.com, although overall investment in health IT venture funding has increased, inconsistency in the reporting of funding in various sub-sectors leads to diverging total investment figures in this ever-evolving industry. 

The confusion lies in how various firms track and measure venture funding within healthcare IT, and especially within the sub-sector of emerging healthcare technology that is constantly changing, and thus is hard to define.  Because the industry lacks an overall “standard of measure,” various companies such as Mercom Capital Group, and Dow Jones VentureSource estimate third quarter VC funding in health IT at 47% different levels, simply because their totals include different measures of sub-sectors of health IT.  This large discrepancy proves that there’s a huge need for an industry-standard for the measurement of health IT venture funding.