Report: Healthcare IT sector attracts $956 million in VC Funding in Q3 2014

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Updated: October 29, 2014 1:08 PM

Mercom Capital Group has released its report on funding and M&A activity in HIT sector for the third quarter of 2014

Mercom Capital Group has released its report on funding and M&A activity in HIT sector for the third quarter of 2014

Venture capital (VC) funding in the sector came to $956 million raised in 212 deals globally, a decline of 46 per cent in terms of dollars compared to the massive $1.8 billion in 161 deals raised in Q2 2014, a rare quarter. However, Q3 2014 was still the second highest quarter for VC funding since 2010. Total VC funding year-to-date adds up to $3.6 billion.
The quarter was dominated by over a 100+ funding deals of less than $2 million. There were 252 investors that participated this quarter including angels, VCs, private equity, and corporate VCs. The quarter also included 12 accelerators/ incubators.
“Healthcare IT saw another big fundraising quarter in Q3 with almost a billion raised. Companies from countries outside of the US, accounted for a record 21 per cent share of the funding. While consumer-centric companies attracted the majority of the funding this quarter, M&A has been a different story with most (86 per cent) of the deals involving practice-focused companies,” commented Raj Prabhu, CEO and Co-Founder of Mercom Capital Group.
Consumer-focused technologies received 65 per cent of all VC investments in the third quarter of 2014, with $623 million in 140 deals compared to $678 million in 100 deals in Q2 2014. Areas that received the most funding under this category were Mobile Health with $345 million in 82 deals, followed by Telehealth, which had its best quarter, with $101 million in 16 deals, Personal Health with $85 million in 24 deals, Social Health with $70 million in three deals, and Scheduling, Rating & Shopping with $23 million in 15 deals.
Practice-centric companies received $333 million in 72 deals in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $1.1 billion in 61 deals in Q2. Under this category, the areas that received the most funding were Revenue Cycle Management with $75 million in eight deals, and Data Analytics with $71 million in 19 deals.
The Top 5 VC funding deals in Q3 2014 were the $70 million raise by DXY (Ting Ting Group), an online healthcare community for medical institutions and healthcare providers in China, from Tencent Holdings Limited, a provider of internet services in China, followed by the $52 million raise by Proteus Digital Health, a developer of products and services integrating medicines with ingestible sensors, wearable sensors, mobile and cloud computing. Teladoc, a telehealth company raised $50.3 million from Jafco Ventures, FLAG Capital Management, Greenspring Associates, Mellon and QuestMark Partners, Cardinal Partners, HLM Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, New Capital Partners, and Trident Capital. Chunyu, a Chinese mobile healthcare app company raised $50 million from China International Capital Corporation (CICC), Rushan Venture Capital under DunAn Holding Group, Pavilion Capital run by Temasek, and BlueRun Ventures, and HealthEdge, a provider of a cloud-based or on-site integrated financial, administrative and clinical software platform for healthcare payers focusing on medical claims and benefits management brought in $30 million.
Globally, US companies raised $760 million from 174 deals. Companies from 18 other countries participated in funding in Q3 2014, compared to 13 in the second quarter. With almost $200 million raised in 38 deals, countries outside of the United States accounted for about 21 per cent of the fundraising this quarter, the largest share since we started tracking funding activity in 2010.
In the US, 54 deals came out of California, followed by New York which recorded 17 deals, Texas and Massachusetts with 11 deals each, and Pennsylvania with eight deals each. Among cities, San Francisco Bay Area had the highest number of funding deals among cities with 46, followed by New York with 17.
There were 55 M&A transactions in Q3 totaling $4.7 billion, compared to 57 transactions totaling $2.2 billion in Q2 2014. While consumer-centric companies dominated the fundraising, M&A was a different story with 46 of the 55 transactions involving practice-focused companies, accounting for all of the disclosed $4.7 billion. Consumer-centric companies saw just nine M&A transactions.
Health Information Management (HIM) companies saw the most M&A activity this quarter with 32 transactions, followed by Service Providers with nine, Revenue Cycle Management with five, Mobile Health with four, Personal Health with three, and Social Health and Telehealth with one transaction each.
Of the top M&A transactions, the largest was the $2.7 billion acquisition of TriZetto, a provider of healthcare IT software and solutions, by Cognizant, a multinational information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing company. This was followed by the $1.3 billion acquisition of Siemens’ health information technology business unit, Siemens Health Services, by Cerner, a provider of healthcare information technology solutions. Conifer Health Solutions, a provider of business process management solutions for healthcare providers and subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, acquired SPi Healthcare, a provider of healthcare revenue cycle management and physician billing services, for $235 million. Another top disclosed transaction was the $142 million acquisition of Sg2, a provider of healthcare market intelligence, strategic analytics and clinical consulting services, by MedAssets, a healthcare performance improvement company.
Announced debt and public market financing in Healthcare IT amounted to $28 million in four deals in Q3 2014, compared to a massive $1.5 billion in five deals in Q2 2014.

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