Smart Investing in Digital Health (Live Online): Driving Racial Equity through Health Equity

Our new digital health series offers four programs that provide executives in the healthcare and life science industries with immediate, actionable insights in light of the current pandemic and its economic aftermath. The third program in the series is Smart Investing in Digital Health (Live Online): Driving Racial Equity through Health Equity, taught by Columbia Business School Professor Damon Phillips and Chair of digital health testing center HITLAB, Stan Kachnowski.

Faculty Co-Director Damon Phillips

Dates: June 2–4 and 9–11, 2021
Duration: 6 days over 2 weeks
Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. ET per program day
Format: Live, virtual sessions
Fee: $4,950

This program earns 3 certificate credits. Learn more.

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Program Overview

With $3 billion raised by digital health companies in the first three months of 2020, digital health is gaining momentum to reshape healthcare. This program will provide a deep dive into the fundamentals and emerging opportunities in digital health, with a focus on driving racial equity. Leaders build on their existing business knowledge and learn how to apply that knowledge to the digital health investment market.

Learning Outcomes

✓ Enhance your understanding of key digital health fundamentals and health equity

✓ Understand factors disrupting the healthcare sector and explore strategies for investing in digital health with a racial equity lens

✓ Examine factors of successful digital health investing using real-world case studies

✓ Analyze potential threats to a digital health investment and learn processes to mitigate them

✓ Learn in a high-touch, intimate setting from a range of academic and industry experts


Day 1

  • Introduction to Smart Investing
  • Introduction to Digital Health

Day 2

  • Making Introductions
  • Investment Capital in Times of COVID-19

Day 3

  • Digital Health Path to Value
  • The Vision for the Future of JLABS

Day 4

  • Investing in Something with Low Expertise
  • From Idea to IPO | The Livongo Journey

Day 5

  • Valuations for Social Venture
  • The Pharma Perspective: The Digital Health Venture Fund Strategy in a Bear Market

Day 6

  • Innovation and Emerging Markets
  • The Marketing Perspective


» Download the program schedule here.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The October 27–November 5, 2020 iteration of the Smart Investing in Digital Health program has been approved for up to 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to “serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships” as stated in the AMA’s definition of CME†.


Damon Phillips
Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise
Columbia Business School

Damon Phillips is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. His expertise lies in the areas of social structural approaches to labor and product markets, entrepreneurship, innovation, organizational strategy and structure, as well as social network theory and analysis. His industry specialties are markets for professional services (law, consulting, investment banking) and culture (music industry). Before joining Columbia in 2011, he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (from 1998-2011).

Stan Kachnowski

Stan Kachnowski is the Chair of the digital health organization HITLAB. He is an Oxford trained researcher who has taught over 5,000 students from Columbia University, IIT-Delhi, and Quinnipiac College. His teaching and research over the past 25 years include educating graduate-level and executive students on four continents and conducting extensive studies on the efficacy and diffusion of digital health, including electronic data capture, ePRO, wearables, and predictive algorithms.

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Please contact our Faculty Co-Director Stan Kachnowski at [email protected].



The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.