Growth in Israeli Digital Health Sector Slowed Down in 2018 but Investment Is on the Rise, Report Says
Total investments in the sector surpassed $500 million for the first time in 2018, according to a new report by Start-Up Nation Central
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Israeli digital health companies raised $511 million in total in 2018, a 32% increase year-over-year, bolstered by new players drawn to the domain. 124 investors took part in funding rounds in 2018, up from 100 in 2017, with the boost credited mostly to Israeli participants, whose number grew from 33 to 55.
$433 million of the overall sum, or 85%, went to companies that rely on artificial intelligence in their work. Over half of the investments, $285 million, went to startups in the decision support and diagnostics subsector, which was also the only digital health subsector to show a significant increase in the number of companies, with eight new companies added to the active roster.
Due to the small size of the local market, three quarters (77%) of Israeli digital companies are B2B companies, with the U.S. remaining the key target market, and Asia and Europe lagging behind. However, compliant with the growing global trend in patient-oriented treatments, around 50% of rounds larger than $10 million were in patient-centric B2C companies.