Daniel Ruppar - Analyst Profile

Research Director - Digital Health
Frost & Sullivan


Functional Expertise

15 years of Healthcare market expertise. Particular expertise in:
-Market Analysis, Modeling and Forecasting
-Qualitative & Quantitative Research
-Technical Evaluation, Opportunity Identification

Industry Expertise

-Project management experience in Health IT, Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring, Imaging Markets
-Project and analysis experience in multiple areas of Pharma/Biotech including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, drug delivery, contract research, contract manufacturing, oncology and specialty pharmaceuticals
-Consulting duties for Pharmaceutical, Med Tech, Venture Capital and Financial Services clients

What I bring to the Team

Both Analyst and Industry background – Multiple therapy areas, healthcare market verticals, and outsourcing markets
Project management, strategic planning experience
Business development and client management experience

Career Highlights

Presentations at industry events including MEDICA, Digital Health Summer Summit, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), ATA, mHealth + Telehealth World (World Congress), Healthcare Unbound, BIO International, Drug Delivery Partnerships, and the Next Generation Pharmaceuticals Summit
Media interviews with major news outlets including: NPR’s “All Things Considered”, Fox Business News, USA Today, CNN Money, Fortune Magazine, Bloomberg, Forbes, Pharmaceutical Executive, Med Ad News. Author of multiple published articles in Drug Delivery Technology Magazine.
Nine years in the pharmaceutical industry as a medicinal chemist working on therapeutic/drug area targets including: oncology, metabolic disease/diabetes, interferon, thrombopoietin and the androgen and estrogen receptors (Ligand Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, CA)


Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Economics - Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)

Recent items from Daniel Ruppar

Future Healthcare Paradigms like Precision Medicine, Predictive Analytics and Population Health Demand Investment in Big Data, Data Lakes and Platforms that Support Artificial Intelligence
Healthcare is an information intensive industry and healthcare data is increasingly being seen as an asset which needs to be invested in for organizations to be able to reap returns. Healthcare providers have started developing data management strategies that revolve around current and future data sources, users and applications. There is a need for healthcare providers to invest across all three domains that would contribute to generating value from data – latest data management and warehousing technologies; skilled human resources for back-end management as well as front-end applications, and innovative workflows and processes. Data management strategies and their implementation require the buy-in of multiple stakeholders who have very diverse goals. Aligning them into a single implementation plan and executing it is a challenge. Such conversations almost always touch upon issues like IT budgets; time spent by clinical resources on technology initiatives and the measurable impact of IT pilots on clinical care and the patient. Data management and data warehousing architecture amongst healthcare service providers is fraught with legacy systems. Modernizing this mammoth is an expensive, time-consuming and laborious exercise. Yet, emerging healthcare paradigms are coercing providers to relook at their data architecture and question whether their existing systems are sufficient to meet the demands of the future or not. Healthcare mega trends, such as, the move towards value-based care; increasing focus on prevention and wellness versus treatment, and evolving regulatory reporting and compliance needs are making solutions that leverage analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), mobile platforms and Internet-of-Things a necessity. Legacy data management systems are built using a piece-meal approach leading to punishing data silos between applications and warehouses. Moreover, quality of data within the organization is often questionable with large pockets of missing, incomprehensible or dark data. Integrating data across the healthcare care continuum is the single most important differentiator between futuristic and stagnant healthcare providers. Emerging technologies like Big Data tools, data lakes and AI-enabled data management platforms address some of these issues and most have common goals, like breaking data silos and making data ready and available for AI. Simultaneously, data governance is of prime import so that organizational data is reliable, accurate and appropriately available to the users based on their roles in the organization. Future of data management strategies lies in enabling a truly patient-centric organization wherein the patient forms the core of the data architecture and all workflows related to data aggregation, storage and application are tied to the patient. In this research, Frost & Sullivan discusses: • The current state and future evolution of data management and data warehousing technologies amongst healthcare providers • Challenges and unmet market needs with respective to provider data management • Emerging technologies and service models in healthcare data management • Strategic imperatives for providers with respect to data management strategies
Published: Jul 18 2018 Other
Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Care, Digital Therapeutics, and the Movements of Major Tech Companies Continue to Advance the Market
At the beginning of this decade, Frost & Sullivan invented the definition of Digital Health to include convergent market segments, such as healthcare information technology (HCIT), remote patient monitoring (RPM), mobile health (mHealth), and telemedicine. Over the last five years, these segments have become increasingly sophisticated as new technologies have made their way into healthcare. The industry will see a rapid dissolution of segment boundaries as technologies such as mHealth, analytics, cloud, and telemedicine are integrated across the board. While technology diffusion may be passive in some areas, industry regulations that focus on value and innovation drive a large part of the transformation. Value-based care transformations are a crucial motivation for investments in technologies that enable cost reduction, benefits maximization, and transparency. The abundance of opportunities for new solutions, services, and business models that can be brought into healthcare makes this space exciting and lucrative for all types of businesses. Fundamental industry paradigms are changing, not because of the increasing participation of non-healthcare companies (especially technology vendors) in healthcare, but because of the new attitude they bring to organizational workflows and consumer experiences in the industry. At the country level, the philosophy of global governments relating to healthcare could spark, sustain, or delay momentum in terms of funding, coverage, and technology enhancements. This report cites examples in the United States, China, India, Japan, Australia, and Southeast Asia, where current government policies will have significant impact on healthcare costs, quality, and access. Learn more about Frost & Sullivan’s current views on digital health here at
Published: Jul 10 2018 Outlook
Summary of Top Takeaways and Perspectives from the GDS Summit, November 2017
Healthcare’s digitization is leading to an explosion of electronic data across all healthcare industry segments. Health-related digital data is pouring in from a variety of sources including electronic health records (EHRs), billing and medical claims systems, and a plethora of health monitoring devices. Profound changes are occurring in the day-to-day practice of medicine as well as the core operations of providers. New approaches are essential and inevitable to ensure the transition to an era in healthcare that emphasizes quality and safety improvements, coordinated patient care, evidence-based medicine, outcomes-based reimbursement, efficient resource allocation, and increased engagement of consumers and patients. Healthcare opportunities in this changing environment sit at an intersection of multiple major vertical markets. This is a key facet in terms of why so many organizations are trying to assess how to create solid strategies as a part of a healthcare future-state including information communication technologies, semiconductor, automotive, providers, health plans and of course the consumer. Market participants are currently challenged from all sides and have a plate which is overflowing. Along that journey of data, technology, care delivery, workflows, consumerism, population based healthcare, and other concepts, we will get to a better future in healthcare with greater levels of optimization across the entire value chain. It will just take time and probably more than we currently realize today. The future of healthcare is a picture painted with many concepts, theoretical innovations, promises of value and other points of hope for businesses large and small. Whether it is precision medicine, population health management, avatars, 3D Printing, or an Uber approach to patients’ healthcare experience, new ideas will come and go. However, innovation in facets of technology, services, and delivery approaches will continue to be sought in creating a better healthcare experience for everyone involved. In this Growth Insight we discuss perspectives from providers and payers in Customer Experience, Wearables and Patient Generated Health Data, and Data Analytics.
Published: Mar 14 2018 Other
The Analyst Perspective
Many successful products have been launched during SXSW throughout the years. Leveraging this success and its long history as a behemoth innovation-focused event, SXSW developed a platform for newcomers. With the SXSW Startup Village and the SXSW Accelerator, SXSW offers domestic and foreign startups a platform to introduce themselves to the US and the world market. Even though healthcare has only been a part of the SXSW universe for four years, the SXSW Accelerator has already created a healthcare category for which startups have been diligently applying. Reputable business accelerators and pitch competitions within the US and around the world have promoted the accelerator as a “must pitch” event. Since the SXSW Accelerator launch, one-third of startups have been from outside of the US; 71% of companies received funding post-SXSW, amounting to $3.1 billion; and 14% were acquired by Facebook, Apple or the likes (stats as of June 2016). During the 2016 Demo Day alone, four accelerator companies were directly approached by investors during the event and one of the companies walked away with $700,000 in funding. Chris Valentine, Adeo InterActive CEO, responsible for managing the SXSW Accelerator program, is frequently approached by venture capitalist firms and angel investors looking for specific companies for their investment portfolios. The following growth insight discusses major obeservations from SXSW2018 in Austin, Texas, as well as highlighting interesting healthcare companies observed during the event.
Published: Mar 14 2018 Other
Frost & Sullivan provides comprehensive coverage of numerous information technology products, services, vendors, and regulatory developments impacting global healthcare markets
Published: Feb 28 2017 Market Insights
Digital health is an area which has potential to bring disruptive change to healthcare. Two key facets which have supported this in the last decade have been the progression of digitization, as well as activities of the US government from the ACA, HITECH, Meaningful Use, etc…. With the win of Donald Trump as the next US President, this also is a s...
09 Nov 2016 Blog post
Digital health is an area rampant with competition, winners, losers and promise. With that brings heavy interest in watching funding activities given the startup environment, as well as over time how those companies move to the next phase of lifecycle. According to StartUp Health, Digital Health funding has reached record levels of $3.9 Billion in...
05 Aug 2016 Blog post
Digital health is an area rampant with competition, winners, losers and promise. With that brings heavy interest in watching funding activities given the startup environment, as well as over time how those companies move to the next phase of lifecycle. According to StartUp Health, Digital Health funding has reached record levels of $3.9 Billion in...
18 Jul 2016 Blog post
Connected healthcare, including terms such as digital health, is different things to different people. Overall, the space is central to some of the most transformative
Published: Mar 02 2016 Market Insights
An important part of coordinated patient care in a new healthcare environment
Published: Dec 16 2015 Market Insights
Published: Sep 30 2015 Market Insights
Published: Sep 15 2015 Market Insights
Assessment and Outlook of Diagnostic and Surgical Displays Through 2017
This report provides an in-depth analysis of the US Medical Image Displays Market providing revenue forecast, market shares, market dynamics, and trends across the US market through 2017. Segments include diagnostic displays, color and grayscale displays, and surgical displays. As the imaging space matures, the market for diagnostic displays is also facing saturation, leading to drastic drop in the average selling price of display monitors. While LCD displays with LED backlights are common, complete LED and OLED surgical displays can play a crucial role in the competitive scene of the surgical displays segment.
Published: May 25 2015 Market Research
In line with its strategy of “connecting care”, athenahealth has acquired RazorInsights, a vendor of cloud-based clinical and financial solutions for rural, critical access, and small community hospitals. With this acquisition, ATHN continues its foray into solutions for in-patient care, and extends its presence into the 50-bed-and-under inpatient...
13 May 2015 Blog post
The closure of Aetna's CarePass illustrates the struggles companies in the digital health space are experiencing and facing in developing and sustaining users, and business models to scale. No less, the mobile health platform is still a goal, especially in regards to solving problems in cross-application interoperability for users and vendors alike...
22 Aug 2014 Blog post
Daniel Ruppar, Global Research Director of Frost & Sullivan's Connected Health program was recently interviewed by HandsOnTelehealth CEO Nirav Desai on a variety of points regarding telehealth, mHealth and other important transformative markets in healthcare. In this interview, Daniel talks in depth about why there is such an interest in connected...
22 Sep 2013 Blog post
Allscripts ACE event 2013 – Chicago, IL, August 20-23, 2013 The Allscripts Client Experience (ACE) is the company’s annual user conference. It offers registrants access to educational sessions, networking opportunities and more. During the event, Allscripts shows clients how to get even more value from the s...
23 Aug 2013 Blog post Medtronic, Inc. announced the closing of the acquisition of Cardiocom, a privately held developer and provider of integrated telehealth and patient services for the management of chronic diseases, in an all cash transaction valued at $200 million. The Analyst’s Per...
15 Aug 2013 Blog post
Everis discusses their ehCOS solution for healthcare IT – Winner of Frost & Sullivan’s New Product Innovation Award in Healthcare Information Technology Systems – Latin America, 2012. (Note: Video in Spanish) @danielruppar  ...
07 Aug 2013 Blog post
Source: Digital Health Summer Summit 2013, Welldoc, BlueStar, June 13-14, 2013 As the sister event to the Digital Health Summit (DHSS13) at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January, the Summer Summit is a premier, intimate, and unique forum devoted to the business of digital health. At this year’s event, Welldoc announced the approva...
02 Aug 2013 Blog post
Frost & Sullivan Growth Opportunity Briefings in Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore). Covered by the Korean media in Seoul, Korea. Speakers: Daniel Ruppar, Ajay Sunder from Frost & Sullivan giving combined perspectives from our Healthcare and Information/Communication Technologies groups on this important area of cross-industry convergence and h...
15 Sep 2012 Blog post
MarketWatch talk Q&A in the Business session track, Speaker: Zachary Bujnoch - Senior Industry Analyst, Connected Health                ...
01 May 2012 Blog post
Posted the ATA link the other day, but wanted to post this as well along with our pre-event survey link for interested parties.... The telehealth industry can be convoluted and confusing despite significant efforts by the industry. As a result, success in telehealth hinges upon proper understanding and identification of the markets, as well as an...
19 Apr 2012 Blog post
Multiple people from our Connected Health group will be at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) meeting in San Jose, as Frost & Sullivan is a Media partner for this event. We also will be at booth 1703 in the Expo and surveying on trends in telehealth. Hope to see you there. Feel free to contact Daniel Ruppar for scheduled meeting opportunit...
16 Apr 2012 Blog post
Is technology changing the doctor-patient relationship? As preventable medical conditions such as obesity continue to grow so does the need for patient involved healthcare. The doctor-patient relationship is critically important to bridging the gap between passive patients and informed medical consumers. Innovative technologies are the enabling...
09 Apr 2012 Blog post
There was great attendance and discussion at our event in San Diego around telehealth and mobile health solutions in healthcare. The panel session “mHealth: Are You Ready to Be a Driver of the Future?” featuring executives from Airstrip, Blue Highway, Welldoc, and the Global Hospital Virtualization Program was an exciting one for the conference add...
06 Apr 2012 Blog post

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