2019 Record Year for Digital Health in Israel, Data Shows

2019 Record Year for Digital Health in Israel, Data Shows

A researcher at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa on Feb. 19, 2019. Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90.

CTech – Israeli digital health startups raised $662 million across 69 deals in 2019, according to data provided by Tel Aviv-based non-profit organization Start-Up Nation Central (SNC). While the data is updated only up to November and may be subject to change, the current numbers represent a 32% increase year-over-year in total funding raised.

Digital health is a sector that is prospering globally, as the healthcare industry shifts towards a more personalized approach and giants like Apple and Google make inroads into related industries, such as the $2.1 billion November acquisition of FitBit by the latter. In Israel, the government pledged in early 2018 hundreds of millions of dollars to support the local digital health industry. Israel is in a unique position globally, as all Israeli citizens are required by law to be members of one of the country’s four health maintenance organizations, which function as both service providers and health insurers. The country, therefore, has almost three decades of accumulated healthcare system data, 98% of which is digitized.

The number of digital health companies, technology hubs, research and development centers, incubators, and multinational corporations operating in Israel reached 580 in 2019, more than doubling since 2011, according to SNC. The data shows that 24% of the companies operate in the decision support subsector, 23.2% in remote monitoring, 19.7% in diagnostics, 13.8% in digital therapeutics, 13.2% in clinical workflow, and 6% in patient engagement. Forty percent of companies rely on artificial intelligence for their technology.

2019 saw the trend of later stage rounds continue, with the median round size being $7 million. Five companies raised over $30 million in a single round: Healthy.io, which raised a $60 million C round; Viz.ai, which raised a $50 million B round; EarlySense, which raised $39 million; Theranica, which raised a $35 million B round; and DayTwo, which raised a $31 million B round.

Prominent venture capital funds in the sectors this year were aMoon, which raised a second, $660 million health tech and life science fund; Pitango Venture Capital, which launched its first health tech fund; equity crowdfunding company OurCrowd, which launched a medtech fund; and Triventures, which launched Triventures ARC in partnership with the Chaim Sheba Medical Center.

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