AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Apr 19, 2017) -  Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and research firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) / Digital Health sector for the first quarter of 2017. Mercom's comprehensive report covers deals of all sizes from across the globe.

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Venture capital (VC) funding, including private equity and corporate VC, in the Health IT sector almost doubled quarter-over-quarter, coming in at $1.6 billion (B) in 165 deals compared to $845 million (M) in 159 deals in Q42016. VC funding in Q12017 was also up compared to Q12016 when nearly $1.4B was raised in 146 deals. The Digital Health sector has now received $20B in VC funding since 2010.

Total corporate funding in Health IT -- including VC, debt and public market financing -- was $1.8B compared to $1B in Q42016.

VC funding in Healthcare IT has crossed $20B (2010-Q12017).

Healthcare IT VC Funding Q12016-Q12017

"Digital Health funding is off to a fast start this year and there was no visible 'Trump effect' on investments in the sector, at least in the first quarter, and publicly-traded Digital Health companies actually fared much better in Q1 than last year," commented Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group.

Healthcare practice-centric companies raised $574M in 50 deals versus $261M in 42 deals Q42016. Consumer-centric companies saw $1 billion in 115 deals compared to $584M in 117 deals in Q42016.

Top Health IT Categories Q12017

Top categories Q12017: Appointment Booking $315M, Mobile Wireless $230M, Data Analytics $193M, Population Health Management $115M, Telemedicine $112M, Social Health Network $102M.

Top Health IT Categories Q12017

There were 65 early round deals; 14 Accelerator and Incubator deals.

Top VC deals included: $200M Haodaifu, $115M Alignment Healthcare, $100M PatientsLikeMe, $90M Nuna, $85M PointClickCare.

Top VC Funding Rounds Q12017

306 investors (including four accelerators/incubators) participated in Q12017 funding versus 340 investors in Q42016 (two accelerators/incubators).

19 countries saw Health IT VC funding in Q12017.

49 M&A transactions (seven disclosed) occurred in Q12017 versus 42 transactions (11 disclosed) Q42016.

Top disclosed M&A transactions: $1.1B acquisition of CoverMyMeds by McKesson, Eliza Corporation's $170M acquisition from Parthenon Capital Partners by HMS Holdings, Jiff's $134M for Castlight Health, HCI Group for $110M by Tech Mahindra.

Top Health IT M&A Transactions Q12017

573 companies and investors were covered in this report.

Mercom's comprehensive report covers deals of all sizes across the globe.

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