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Health Tech Newsletters You Should Subscribe To

A list of the best health tech / digital health newsletters you should subscribe to

By Derek Strauss (COO)
March 25, 2022
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With new innovations being created seemingly every day and having a plethora of news to stay on top of, it can be difficult to keep track of everything in the Health Tech stratosphere.

Luckily, there are a number of people and organizations who have made my life easier for staying up-to-date. Below is I've highlighted the different HealthTech newsletters I'm subscribed to and discuss the different perspectives and value that I personally get from each. While my blog only scratches the surface for great newsletters, Julie Yoo from a16z has compiled a great repository of resources that you can find here

If you're interested in learning more about how Tellescope is accelerating Health Tech Innovation, we'd love to chat. Reach out to inquiries@tellescope.com!

If you find these newsletters useful, you might be interested in joining some of the top digital health communities.

List in Alphabetical Order:

a16z Bio/healthcare

a16z Bio/healthcare

Authors: Julie Yoo, Vineeta Agarwala, Jay Rughani, Justin Larkin

Frequency (if recurring schedule): Monthly

Description: Monthly newsletter discussing the intersection of engineering and biology, from biopharma and care delivery to manufacturing and beyond.

Why I'm subscribed: The a16z team has a breadth of knowledge for the digital health industry as a whole. Additionally, the recent articles they've published such as The New Go-To-Market Playbooks for Digital Health Startups and B2C2B in Digital Health, a founder's playbook have been referenced by a number of thought leaders in the space.

 

FemTech Insider

FemTech Insider

Author: Kathrin Folkendt

Frequency (if recurring schedule): Every Thursday

Description: Every Thursday, you’ll receive a brief full of information and insights from the world of women’s health innovation. Femtech Insider is your weekly digest and will help you stay up to date on the ins and outs of our industry, share news, insights, analysis, and the occasional deep dive. Besides bringing you the latest and greatest from the world of women’s health innovation, they also curate useful resources for startups, VCs, researchers, journalists, students, and everyone else interested. They also introduce a couple of femtech startups each week and share jobs at femtech companies, that are currently hiring.

Why I'm subscribed: According to FemTech Focus, the FemTech industry is estimated to be a $1 Trillion Market and is seen as one of the fastest-growing markets in digital health. FemTech Insider helps me keep track of all of the latest news in a very easy-to-read format. 

Healthcare API Guy

Healthcare API Guy

Author: Brendan Keeler

Frequency (if recurring schedule): N/A

Description: This is a newsletter/repository for thoughts on health, technology, and trends therein. You may get policy takes. You still certainly hear about standards and probably fintech/digital health parallels. And you’ll definitely get a nice dose of memes.

Why I'm subscribed: Brendan has a ton of great insight about health tech, interoperability, etc. from his experience at Epic and Redox. I also like that he's able to weave in satire / memes into most of his articles.

 

Health Tech Nerds

Health Tech Nerds

Author: Kevin O'Leary, Ryan Russell 

Frequency (if recurring schedule): Every Sunday

Description: Weekly Newsletter and Deep Dive content with our unfiltered perspective on what is important in Health Tech. Topics include News, Opinions, Data, Funding, and Jobs.

Why I'm subscribed: In my opinion, HTN writes the most comprehensive weekly HealthTech newsletter that I'm subscribed to. It's apparent that Kevin and Ryan put many hours each week into their articles and are able to cover all of the big news of the week / key discussions in their community. I look forward to reading their newsletter every Sunday morning!

 

Healthy Muse

Healthy Muse

Author: Blake Madden

Frequency (if recurring schedule): Every Monday

Description: The Daily Muse breaks down the complex healthcare system along with the latest trends in a not-stuffy, easy-to-read way.  Readers enjoy learning about stunning innovations, breaking policy developments, interesting business ventures, and a whole lot more. You save time because they do the digging through the best healthcare content sources for you (40+).

Why I'm subscribed: While a few of the newsletters cover public market health tech news, I really like how Blake has a "Health Tech Index Update" that makes it really easy to see how the Health Tech market is performing against the broader indexes and market. Additionally, he extracts the top and bottom performers of the index to make it easy to see which equities are out and underperforming.

Health Tech Stack

Health Tech Stack

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Author: Jan-Felix Schneider

Frequency (if recurring schedule): 1-2 times per month

Description: Health Care should not bankrupt people. Especially not when you have insurance. In his newsletter, Jan-Felix investigates why US health care is so expensive, and what innovative solutions could help reduce the financial burden health care puts on many families.

Why I'm subscribed: Jan-Felix has done a ton of work researching and understanding new innovative companies in the Health Tech market. He has a very good understanding of who these companies are and where they fit in, in the market. Additionally, he's been applying his market knowledge even further by putting together a comprehensive list of digital care providers with his Digital Care Directory.

Virtual First Health

Virtual First Health

Author: Joe Connolly

Frequency (if recurring schedule): N/A

Description: Most healthcare essays are too superficial; Virtual-First Health goes a cut deeper. It provides long-form analysis of virtual-first healthcare trends that integrates all aspects of the business of virtual-first care: business strategy, business models, go-to-market strategies, and more. Virtual-First Health is written by Joe Connolly, a healthcare entrepreneur with extensive experience in the virtual care space.

Why I'm subscribed: I met Joe a few years ago when we were just starting Tellescope and relatively new to the Health Tech industry. I've always viewed his as a thought leader in the space from his experience building Visana Health, articles / LinkedIn posts, and clubhouse talks.

 

Out of Pocket

Out of Pocket

Author: Nikhil Krishnan

Frequency (if recurring schedule): Around bi-weekly

Description: Healthcare is confusing, but it doesn't need to be. The goal of Out-Of-Pocket is to make healthcare accessible, entertaining, and understandable for anyone that wants to learn how it works. Out-of-pocket is building a newsletter, crash courses, educational novelty products, and more to help cut through the noise and explain plainly the business of healthcare and where the industry is heading.

Why I'm subscribed: Nikhil describes his newsletter as making healthcare easy to understand and entertaining. Personally, I think he really delivers on this, I find many of his articles very amusing and always feel like I've walked away with some new knowledge after reading them.

OV Second Opinion

OV Second Opinion

Author: Christina Farr

Frequency (if recurring schedule): Bi-monthly

Description: Second Opinion features analysis and interviews with founders, executives, investors, and operators on the future of health care. The goal is to leverage Christina's network to get into the context (in journalism, called the “so what”) behind the news of the moment. Her solemn promise is to do this without bombarding your inbox.

Why I'm subscribed: As someone who's watched CNBC religiously for the past ~7 years, I always enjoyed Christina's segments. From her time on CNBC and following her on various social channels, I've found that we hold a lot of similar theses' on digital healthcare. I found this to be very true for the article she wrote in November "Every digital health startup is a clinic now".

 

Rock Health Weekly

Rock Health Weekly

Author: Rock Health

Frequency (if recurring schedule): Every Monday

Description: The most popular digital health newsletter. Their newsletter lets you be the first to know about the latest insights in healthcare.

Why I'm subscribed: It's a very quick read that gives me quick highlights, primarily related to startup funding that has happened during the previous week.

 

StartUp Health Insider

StartUp Health Insider

Author: StartUp Health

Frequency (if recurring schedule): 3 Options, every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday

Description: The StartUp Health Newsletter is comprised of three components. StartUp Health Insider which is their weekly briefing on health moonshot progress and industry-shaping ideas is delivered every Wednesday. StartUp Health Weekend Edition which is their weekly skim of useful links, old favorites, and health moonshot inspiration, delivered on Saturdays. Last is Insider: Meet the Health Transformers which is an introduction each week to new and notable entrepreneurs from the StartUp Health portfolio. 

Why I'm subscribed: As a StartUp Health portfolio company it helps me stay up to date about new companies that are joining and showcases the new innovations being built in digital health. Logan Plaster, StartUp Health's Media Director is a healthcare journalism veteran and does a great job making new innovations clear and easily understood.

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Originally published: March 25, 2022
Last updated: March 25, 2022