STAT+: Researchers tried to calculate the impact of health tech companies. It sent startups into a tizzy

As Johns Hopkins gastroenterologist Simon Mathews has watched scores of digital health upstarts collect hundreds of millions of dollars in venture funding in recent years, he’s had one key question: “If we’re putting in all this money, shouldn’t it be linked to making a difference?”

So he and a group of researchers set out to quantify just how much startups actually move the needle in health care. Armed with data from venture fund Rock Health, they devised a simple “clinical robustness” score: the sum of the number of a startup’s completed clinical trials and its regulatory filings with the FDA. The results were grim. Relatively few companies, they found, had completed clinical trials.

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