Impact Project

The real-world effects of digital health

Beyond the three trillion dollars of healthcare spend in our economy, beyond the political tug of war in Washington, the heart of the healthcare conversation should be about the individuals and families touched by illness, injury—and innovation. The political news cycle, investment hype cycle, and the cynicism they can bring often distract from the huge change taking place in healthcare.

After seven years, we’ve seen $23B invested into thousands of digital health companies. But we wanted to know: what has been the real-world impact of digital health? We were moved to learn how so many lives have been significantly changed by a new wave of technology. We aim to shift the digital health dialogue from one focused primarily on the degree of investment and future expectations to one about digital health's effect on patients and healthcare outcomes. In that spirit, this ongoing project brings you stories of people living far outside Silicon Valley and the companies shifting the healthcare status quo who have made an impact on their lives. Continue reading...

The Stories

Kevin Kronmiller

Kevin Kronmiller

Ambient Clinical

Six weeks after a long-awaited liver transplant and a near-death experience from infection, Kevin drove 326 miles to reunite with his children. He never imagined he'd live to see this day—and an algorithm helped make it possible.

Mike Halle

Mike Halle

Virta

After living with type 2 diabetes for over three decades, Mike was coming to terms with having a few good years of life left. Less than a year later, he has reversed his diabetes, lost fifty pounds, and is looking forward to old age.