Smart Investing in Digital Health (Live Online)

Mar 15–24, 2022 $4,950 (Live Online)
Questions? Contact Us:
Stan Kachnowski
Director, Digital Health Program Series
Visiting Professor, IIT New Delhi
[email protected]
Format: Six days over two weeks with live sessions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.
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Certificate Credits: 3
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“Digital health investments have emerged as one of the most significant growth areas in the pandemic and post-pandemic era of American healthcare history. This program will both inform and inspire the digital health investor and start-up executive to better navigate this complex but critical ecosystem.”
– Stan Kachnowski, Director of the Digital Health Program Series

Smart Investing in Digital Health

The program's faculty director Damon Phillips

The field of digital health investing is vast and growing. Bioinformatics and biomedical informatics, now combined into the field of digital health, are evolving into a virtual first healthcare system. The virtualization of the industry has created an enormous impact on healthcare information and communication technologies, with an investment of over $12 billion in the US alone over the past year. Moreover, the global digital health market, growing at an unprecedented pace, is expected to reach $500 billion dollars by 2027. (Statista)

Today, there are many new technologies and solutions in which healthcare organizations can invest. These range from new treatments and remedies on the clinical side of the equation to digital health solutions and systems for less often mentioned areas such as healthcare facilities. Whatever the nature or purpose of the technology or solution, this program equips you with the tools and knowledge you need to answer if it is worth investing in them.

Equipping you and your teams to work smarter, not harder, in the field of digital health investments, the program helps you increase your productivity and make more timely evaluation decisions. This program also illuminates how both clinical verification and economic veracity are crucial for determining how digital health solutions can help in improving outcomes and reducing cost at a population level, further informing your investment decisions.

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To learn more about this program, please contact Co-Director Stan Kachnowski at [email protected].


Healthcare services are becoming increasingly tech-enabled, and digital health has the potential to expand across diagnostics, laboratories, drugs, insurance, point-of-care, and more. The program will help participants make smart investment decisions in the global digital health market that is growing at an unprecedented pace.

During this program, you will learn:

  • Decision-making techniques and tools for harvesting behavioral economics
  • How to invest in racial justice and equity
  • What disruptive innovations are and what this means for investors and entrepreneurs
  • Portfolio theory to inform digital health business model choices
  • The startup and investor landscape in one of the most important digital health markets
  • Critical points in finding digital health investment from two industry pioneers
  • A framework on how to build a portfolio company through ecosystem investing

Upon completion of this program, you will earn three credits towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.


The program currently takes place in a live online format, using a combination of online tools, interactive lectures, online case studies, and online workshops for individuals and groups.

Sessions are taught by Columbia Business School professors, digital health practitioners, and business leaders and are supplemented by sessions with colleagues from various fields and industries.

Sessions include:*

  • Smart Investing: Reforming the Role of Business
  • Improving Decision Making by Harvesting Behavioral Economics
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Introduction to Digital Health Strategy
  • The State of the Digital Health Investing Market
  • Investing Trends in NYC Digital Health
  • Digital Health Models in the Consumer Market
  • Merck Global Health Innovation Fund's Growth Strategy Framework

*Sessions are subject to change.

There will also be panel discussions on “Innovation and Investment in the Time of COVID” and “How to Invest in the new Virtual Healthcare System: Insights on Teledoc, AmWell, Kaiser, and Amazon” with Matt Holt, president of SmackHealth and Quentin Clark and managing director of General Catalyst with Donald Jones, chair of Cardiff Ocean Group, and Bruce Meadows, venture investor in Digital Health of Takeda Digital Ventures.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.


Smart Investing in Digital Health is designed for executives working in the rapidly evolving fields of life science innovation, pharmaceutical and device research, health tech investment, and other related industries. This program empowers participants to understand the complex digital health landscape and to both identify and capture meaningful opportunities to generate new value for both their organizations and customers.

Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.


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.

Along with the above, additional Columbia Business School faculty and industry experts contribute to and teach in the program.


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