Health Hub SF Announces the winners of UCSF Digital Health Awards 2020

September 24, 2020

GoodRx, Conversa Health, Ginger& Grand Rounds Among CompaniesHonored by Expert Judges in Medicine & Venture CapitalDoug Hirsch, Trevor Bezdek, Rajeev Singh and Roy Schoenberg elected to the 2nd Annual UCSF Digital Health Innovation Hall of Fame

September 24, 2020 -- SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- UC San Francisco’s Health Hub, an innovation hub and startup studio supporting the next wave of digital health entrepreneurs, announces the winners in the UCSF Digital Health Awards. This unique awards event celebrated the achievements of innovative companies dramatically improving healthcare with technology.

The winners were selected across 15 categories by an unmatched team of 250 expert judges from the healthcare and VC industry, including Stan Kachnowski (HITLAB), Steve Barsh (Dreamit Ventures), Bob Kocher, MD (Venrock), Desert Horse-Grant (UCLA Biodesign), Ursheet Parikh (Mayfield Fund), Paul Grand (Medtech Innovator), Bambi Francisco (Vator), Anne Wellington (Cedars-Sinai Accelerator), Daniel Kraft (Digital.Health), Blake Wu (NEA), Michael Roizen (Cleveland Clinic), Michael Blum, MD (UCSF), Michael Lesh, MD (UCSF), and Lindy Fishburne (Breakout VC).

The winners were chosen from more than 750 submissions based on a rigorous judging criteria. In the first round of judging, the priority was on market validation and traction; in the second, innovation and differentiation; in the third, overall patient impact.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures, winners were announced and honored at a virtual ceremony on the UCSF Mission Bay campus on September 23, at 6:00 pm PT where finalists from across the world joined in through Zoom, waiting in anticipation to see if they had won. Each award was presented by two industry experts, with occasional cameos from some of the biggest changemakers in healthcare, such as Alex Gorsky (CEO of Johnson & Johnson) and Dr. Amy Abernathy (Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA). The full video stream of the event is here.

The awards this year also honored innovative digital health companies who stepped up to the many challenges that the pandemic presented — misinformation, the danger of in-person doctor’s appointments, slow testing, and even slower results, and safely returning to work — among many others. These companies either pivoted their products entirely to combat COVID, tweaked certain aspects of their preexisting solutions, or simply saw the pandemic as a new use-case of a perfectly applicable, tried, and tested product. These products were launched within weeks of the first lock-downs, displaying American ingenuity at its finest. At the UCSF Digital Health Awards, we especially wanted to celebrate these unsung heroes of the pandemic through three new COVID Patriot categories - Best Diagnostic Testing Solution, Best Patient Engagement Solution, and Best Delivery and Decision Support Solution.

“We’re honored to shine a spotlight on the early stage companies and their founders making the brave steps making access to care affordable and practical,” said Mark H. Goldstein, Chairman of the UCSF Health Hub and General Partner at venture capital firm Builders VC. “Our winners represent the best of the best and we’re excited to now help them open new providers' doors.”

Winners of the 2020 UCSF Digital Health Awards are:

New Application of AI:
New EHR Advance: Human API
Remote Diagnostics: Conversa Health
Hospital Diagnostics: Eko Health
Mental & Behavioral Health: Ginger
Consumer Wellness: Oura
Consumer Prevention: Dexcom
Employer Wellness & Prevention:
Grand Rounds
Patient Cost Savings:
COVID Patriot - Best Diagnostic Testing:
Mammoth Biosciences
COVID Patriot - Best Patient Engagement:
COVID Patriot - Best Delivery & Decision Support:
Carbon Health
Best Technology with UCSF DNA:
UCSF Digital Health Hall of Fame:
Doug Hirsch, Trevor Bezdek, Rajeev Singh, and Roy Shoenberg

Submissions were open to qualified, mature digital health companies with in-market products that have been used by thousands of patients and have been verified in a validation study or clinical trial.Despite the recent growth of the digital health industry due to COVID-19, which is now valued at over $112B globally, the reach of digital health remains limited by a lack of knowledge on the potential of these technologies. UCSF Health Hub established the Digital Health Awards to spread awareness for the leading digital health companies transforming patient care, so that today’s cutting-edge technologies can have an even broader reach to better people’s lives and decrease healthcare costs. Marketing collaborators for the awards include Startup Health, Dreamit Ventures, Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, Plug & Play, Rock Health, TMCx Innovation, Health Wildcatters, Berkeley Skydeck, UCSF Innovation Ventures, Builders VC and MATTER, as well as the American Medical Association’s Physician Innovation Network.

About UCSF Health Hub
UCSF Health Hub is a 501c3 non-profit supported and funded by Silicon Valley’s top health-related venture capital firms in a unique affiliation with UCSF. UCSF Health Hub connects ideas and companies with the people, expertise, and capital to scale breakthrough healthcare solutions and produces monthly on-campus events operates an company-to mentor-to clinician online matching system called Health Hub Connect and produces the UCSF Digital Health Awards show. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Best in Class Winner
Rising Stars Winner
Remote Diagnostic Tool or Device
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Rune Labs
Aidar Health Inc.
Cognita Labs
Health Equity
Propeller Health
Pluto Health
Patient Safety
Employer Subsidized Wellness
Carrum Health
Reperio Health
Plethy, Inc
Women's Health
Carrot Fertility
Hey Jane
Pediatric/ Adolescent Care Innovation
Hazel Health, Inc.
Clinical Diagnostic Device, Platform or Tool
HeartFlow, Inc.
Particle Health
Flosonics Medical
Mental & Behavioral Health
Brightside Health
Flow Neuroscience
Ellipsis Health
Consumer Wellness
Outset Medical
Osara Health (formerly CancerAid)
Sonde Health
Surgical Transformation
nSight Surgical
Best Use of AI in Health Tech
Next-Gen Telemedicine
Nest Collaborative
Grant Beneficiaries:
Aidar Health
(Remote Diagnostic Device, Platform or Tool)
Ayble Health
(Consumer Wellness)
(Mental and Behavioral Health)
Pangaea Health
(Best use of AI in Health Tech)
Skin Analytics
(Best use of AI in Health Tech)
Hall of Fame
Johathan Bush
Jonathan Gleason
Category name
Remote Diagnostic Tool or Device
Health Equity
Patient Safety
Employer Subsidized Wellness
Women's Health
Pediatric/ Adolescent Care Innovation
Clinical Diagnostic Device, Platform or Tool
Mental & Behavioral Health
Consumer Wellness
Surgical Transformation
Best Use of AI in Health Tech
Next-Gen Telemedicine
Daniel Kraft
Stephen Klasko
Mark Goldstein
Geeta Nayyar
Stephen Klasko
Daniel Kraft
Geeta Nayyar
Matthew Holt
Daniel Kraft
Stephen Klasko
Mark Goldstein
Mark Goldstein
Matthew Holt
Murray Brozinsky
Chief Strategy Officer, Amwell Former CEO, Conversa
Gregg Talbert
Senior Vice President, Head of Personalized Healthcare and Digital Partnering
Lance Baily
"Founder/CEO - Advisory Board Member - Patient Safety Technology Challenge"
Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
Stacy Feld
Regional Head, Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson
Brittany Barreto
Chief Innovation Officer & Founder
Omkar Kulkarni
Chief Innovation & Digital Transformation Officer
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles / Kids X
Jonathan Weiner
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Josh Seidenfeld
Partner and Chair, Digital Health
Charlie Haddad
Associate VP of Digital Health
Mike Roizen
Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus
Cleveland Clinic
Stefano Bini
Founder, DOC SF
Sally Frank
Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Lead
Unity Stoakes
President and co-founder
StartUp Health
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