Venture capital funding for digital health/health IT dropped by about 35 percent in the first quarter of 2015, with $784 million generated by 142 deals versus $1.2 billion from 134 deals in Q4 2014. In fact, Q1 2015 was the lowest quarter for VC funding since Q4 2013.

VC funding decreased across all technology groups with the exception of mobile health, which was the one positive category in Q1 2015, according to research firm Mercom Capital Group. Consumer-centric companies raised $437 million in 98 deals, of which mHealth companies captured $282 million, while telehealth companies brought in $65 million, scheduling, rating and shopping companies secured $47 million, and personal health companies received $40 million.

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