Digital health funding in 2019 suggests more companies will be looking to go public or be acquired in the coming years, according to a report Tuesday from seed fund and research firm Rock Health. The number of acquisitions of digital health companies in 2019 was about 40% below the high seen in 2015, the analysis said. But IPO activity surged as six digital health companies listed their shares, ending a three-year wait for a business in the sector to go public. The decline in M&A in recent years has been characterized by a sharp reduction in acquisitions by technology companies and consolidation among digital health startups. Medical device companies, biopharma businesses and payers, which Rock Health groups as “other” acquirers, continue to buy up digital health startups at a near-record rate.
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