11:30AM–12:00PM: Early Registration for Insider Pass Holders

12:00PM–1:00PM: Insider Lunch: Rock Health Research Presentation & Panel

Insider Summit Pass holders will attend an exclusive lunchtime conversation on startup-enterprise partnership in healthcare. Rock Health Director of Research Megan Zweig will share data-driven insights and sit down with experienced leaders from digital health startups and enterprise companies to hear how they’re working together to accelerate scalable adoption of digital health technologies. We’ll have plenty of time for Q&A. After lunch, Insiders can participate in a networking session led by leading global design firm, IDEO.

1:00PM–1:30PM: Creative Tensions Hosted by IDEO

For all pass holders

12:30PM–2:00PM: Registration 

1:00PM–1:30PM: Speed Networking

2:00PM–2:15PM: Welcome

2:15–3:00PM: The New Competitive Landscape in Healthcare 

It feels like a land grab in healthcare, and you don’t have to be a “healthcare company” to be in the race. Incumbents and new entrants are investing in innovation, technologies, and services, jockeying for position within a value- and consumer-driven system. But will this increasingly competitive landscape ultimately benefit patients? A panel of healthcare and non-healthcare enterprise executives will discuss their digital strategies, how they are leveraging the startup ecosystem to drive innovation and building new healthcare competencies internally, and how their innovations and initiatives will support those with the greatest needs.

3:05PM–3:45PM: Are Digital Therapeutics Ready for Prime Time? 

“Software as a drug” has cleared some big hurdles: validation studies proving outcomes, FDA approvals, and some mega partnerships with pharma to accelerate validation and commercialization. But major hurdles remain. How do clinically validated companies create a new treatment paradigm, overcoming early skepticism of digital medicine? How are pharma and provider organizations involved, if at all? How do these solutions reach patients? And perhaps most critically—who pays? This panel will discuss the outstanding challenges to digital therapeutic adoption and set the stage for continued transformation (and impact) over the next few years.

3:50PM–4:00PM: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Founder Stories 

Just as necessity is the mother of invention, personal encounters with healthcare are often the motivator for entrepreneurship. This session will showcase founder stories as told by the founders themselves—they’ll discuss their personal brushes with the healthcare system, what inspired them to turn a unique experience into a scalable solution, and how they’ve leveraged their stories to stay focused and drive success.

4:00PM–4:30PM: Break

4:30PM–5:10PM: 21st Century Solutions for an Aging America 

What do Baby Boomers want? Independence. Dignity. And to stay in their homes and communities as long as possible. Maturing technologies—remote monitoring, AI, IoT, VR—are helping seniors live more autonomously in their homes. But success has not scaled—yet. Solutions often fail to integrate with the existing healthcare system, do not sufficiently address privacy issues, and may be disconnected from the realities of this non-digitally native population. This session will explore how digital tools are reshaping the aging experience for seniors and caregivers—and how innovators can better serve this population.

5:15PM–5:55PM: Shaping the Future of Employer-Sponsored Healthcare 

Self-funded employers are the largest payer for healthcare in the country, and health benefit costs are rising at double the pace of wage increases. With hundreds of emerging companies capitalizing on employers’ desires to reign in healthcare costs, this market can seem crowded, competitive, and saturated with point solutions that address only a small subset of an overall employed population. What might a better healthcare future look like for employers, employees, and startups that serve these populations? A few trends are shaking things up: the push toward consolidation and emerging platform plays, larger-scale implementation of outcomes-based reimbursement, and an increasing role of the broker community as strategic partners in sourcing and evaluating innovative solutions. Hear from experts on the frontier of employer-sponsored healthcare.

5:55PM–6:00PM: Closing Remarks 

6:15PM: Offsite Happy Hours 

Hosted by the American Medical Association



8:00–9:30AM: Late Registration & Breakfast

9:30AM–9:45AM: Opening Remarks

9:50AM–10:35AM: The Healthcare Techlash Is Here

Consumers are less willing to share their health data with, well, everyone. Pharmacies and pharma. Their health insurance plan. Even their own doctors. While this may not be a surprise given headline-grabbing data misuse scandals, it remains unclear how consumers’ lack of confidence in privacy and security may influence the digital health solutions that rely on massive patient data sets (and individual patient data). This session will explore the implications of decreasing consumer trust, the ethics of patient data use, and the steps stakeholders can take to regain—and maintain—faith in their ability to protect personal data.

10:40AM–11:20AM: Overcoming Racial Bias in Healthcare

Our healthcare system suffers from racial disparities. Care received and outcomes achieved differ greatly among populations, often divided by racial lines. Entrepreneurs are poised to enable more equitable care, in part by hardwiring evidence-based care and making a commitment to address bias as they develop their products. This panel will examine how digital health companies, academic institutions, and major healthcare players are working to ensure all patients receive the best possible care, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity—and uncover the important steps innovators are taking to engage with the communities they serve.

11:40AM–12:20PM: Breakout Sessions 

12:20PM–2:00PM: Lunch & Activities 

12:45PM–2:00PM: Demos

1:00PM–1:40PM: Speed Networking

2:00PM–2:15: General Session Commences 

2:20PM–3:05PM: The Next Frontier of Digital Drug Discovery 

Drug research and development is a long and expensive process, but digital tools are positioned to radically change how treatments are developed. Larger data sets including ‘omics and real-world data, machine learning, and the opportunity for virtual patient cohorts show potential to transform the entire R&D journey. Our panel will discuss pharma’s investment in digital tools, where impact is today, and what we can expect the R&D pipeline to look like in the not-too-distant future.

3:05PM–3:20PM: Break

3:20PM–4:10PM: Breakout Sessions 

4:10PM–4:30PM: Break & Trivia 

4:30PM–5:10PM: What Does Healthy Growth Look Like in Digital Health? 

The passage of the ACA in 2010 ignited a flurry of activity and investment in digital health. In the nine years since, startup business models centered around an enterprise focus, consumer adoption rates continued to rise, and a relatively quiet IPO market began to heat up. In the “middle innings” of digital health, companies are hitting a number of growth challenges: building sustainable business models to reach underserved populations, the venture-backed pressure to hyperscale (sometimes at all costs), and running headfirst into the change inertia and legacy incentive structures that make adopting new digital solutions hard. So what does healthy growth look like for digital health startups? When will we see impact at scale?

5:15PM-5:55PM: How Are Policy Shifts Catalyzing Innovation? 

Between the FDA’s burgeoning Software Precertification Pilot Program, HHS’ proposed rules on information blocking, and CMS reimbursement for remote care, public policy is increasingly promoting the validation, use, and reimbursement of digital tools. While FDA approval and CMS reimbursement bestow legitimacy upon the digital health sector, solutions must live up to the high bar set for this highly regulated industry. Experts will discuss the new pockets of opportunity created by evolving policy and where we can expect to see policy push (or detract from) the scalable adoption of technology-enabled services.

5:55PM-6:00PM: Closing & Thank You 

6:00PM-8:00PM: Demo Night Reception

Join us for an evening of show and tell with cutting edge digital health technologies over drinks and appetizers. This year, we’re excited to showcase a number of innovative startups and a handful of our recent investments delivering impact-driven technologies and driving change in healthcare! You’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Arine, InsightRx, Karuna Health, Podimetrics, and Vivante Health and more while enjoying interactive demos from some of the latest additions to the Rock Health portfolio.


Demo companies

At Rock Health Summit, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the latest products in healthcare innovation and get an inside look at a handful of Rock Health portfolio companies building novel healthcare solutions. The 2019 Rock Health Summit will include demos from:




thank you to our advisory committee

This year, we partnered with industry thought-leaders for input to ensure we’re bringing diverse perspectives to our content and stage. We sincerely appreciate the time they have committed to this event.