US per capita healthcare spending is more than twice the average of other developed countries, while the US continues to fall short of most developed nations on health outcomes measures. Even with heightened focus on systemic reform, health disparities remain prevalent across communities of color, low-income communities, and other marginalized groups. Healthcare is becoming increasingly unaffordable and thus inaccessible to the average American, and even those who can afford to pay face the difficulties of navigating a fractured and opaque system.
SVF’s Health Circle ardently believes a more equitable, efficient, and effective approach to promoting and maintaining overall health and wellbeing is possible in the US. We invest in entrepreneurs and startups focused on addressing unmet needs and broken processes, to better prepare and equip the US healthcare system for meeting 21st century health challenges. Our definition of health includes but is not limited to clinical care. We are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in ventures that:
- Provide high-quality, cost-effective health services for marginalized communities
- Develop cost-effective medical technologies to address unmet needs
- Support behavior and lifestyle changes to reduce chronic disease burdens
- Offer solutions to support older adult wellness and care
- Provide tools and platforms to facilitate patient and provider decision making
- Apply successful and innovative health models found outside the US