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10 hottest mHealth startups in Israel

Increased life expectancy, early diagnosis of chronic diseases has led to an exponential surge in health care costs. These interwoven forces are driving global demand for innovative digital health solutions that can improve patient engagement and adherence, as well as address emerging healthcare markets.

Digital health industry in Israeli ecosystem is quickly gaining traction with almost 400 digital health companies operating in Israel. Higher investments and support by incubators, investors, venture capitalists and Multi-National companies has created a healthy environment for the digital health startups to grow in Israel.

UpRight

Good posture has been clinically proven to decrease back pain, improve productivity and boost overall well-being. Founded in 2012 by Oded Cohen and Ori Fruhauf, Upright is an app and wearable device that helps users correct their posture. The wearable device attaches to your back and trains you to stand to sit upright. As soon as it detects an incorrect or slouched posture, it gently vibrates reminding you to correct your posture.

The users can visualize their progress, review stats, history, and usage of the app. It promises users stronger core muscles and trains them to work efficiently and fight fatigue.

Having raised $3 Million from investors and winning MEDICA App Competition 2016, UpRight is on its way to revolutionizing digital health sector.

Biop Medical

Biop Medical has developed an innovative technology for the identification of cancerous and pre-cancerous cells in epithelial tissues. The Biop systems plan to enable point-of-care diagnosis of the entire cervix, giving patients a near-certain diagnosis, reducing the waiting time and anxiety associated with traditional, inefficient diagnosis methods.

Biop’s optical device is used to view the cervix. The data is then analyzed on the IBM cloud using a particular algorithm. The result is produced within minutes.

Founded in 2013 by IlanLandesman, Biop Medical is based in Netanya and has already raised $2.3 million from investors. The device is pending FDA approval and has a lot of potentials to be used for early and accurate detection of cervical cancer.

TytoCare

Eyecare is the perfect epitome of start-ups exploiting technology advancements to reduce health care costs and provide better health care services through telemedicine and virtual doctor consultations. It offers a telemedicine solution that enables virtual doctor’s visits and relatively comprehensive medical examinations to be carried out anywhere at any time.

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TytoCare has developed an innovative hand-held instrument, called Tyto, which can detect and classify common diseases such as the flu or ear infections. The kit includes a stethoscope, an otoscope and a computer-vision camera that helps the user diagnose the problem. In case a doctor is needed, the device can also be used to connect with a specialist for a remote consultation.

Eyecare claims to have all the devices FDA compliant and approved. Founded by Dedi Gilad and Ofer Tzadik in 2012, the company has so far raised $18.5 million from investors. Among the startup’s investors is US drugstore chain Walgreens, LionBird, Fosun Pharma and OrbiMed among others. The company has won Gold Award 2017 and finished in top finalists at Medica App competition 2016.

PharmaPool

PharmPool is an mHealth company founded by Michael Kand in 2015that helps patients to manage drug therapies while reducing the risk of adverse drug reaction. This makes drug treatments safer and increases patient adherence. The mobile application recommends most reliable drug therapy to the patient by analyzing his or her clinical background. It also provides features to increase drug adherence, and personal drug management options.

Mobile app christened as MedsKeeper sends people reminders to take their prescribed drugs along with intake instructions and automated triggers to record their symptoms. PharmPool also accumulates valuable information for pharmaceuticals and health insurance companies.

GlucoMe

GlucoMe is a comprehensive, connected diabetes care platform which combines diabetes monitoring hardware, mobile software and big data cloud computing infrastructure. The company provides different products such as Smart Glucose Monitor which is a wireless blood glucose monitor that measures and seamlessly communicates blood glucose data to any iOS or Android mobile device. Insulin pen monitor turns any insulin pen into an intake screen and automatically transfers insulin intake information to any iOS or Android mobile device.

They also make available a cloud-based diabetes management system for medical professionals and health care providers to analyze data and train clinical decision support algorithms.

Founded by Dov Moran in 2013, GlucoMe has completed trials in the US, Germany, and Israel received approval for use in Europe. Its innovative solution has produced phenomenal results in managing diabetes and streamlined treatment for people with diabetes to improve individual care and provide relief to overburdened system

Fitness22

Formerly known as Clear Sky Apps, Fitness22 motivates people to get healthy by finding a program that is suitable for their lifestyle. It includes apps that help users with anaerobic conditioning, strength training, and sleep.  The programs are designed to start easy, and the difficulty level is increased gradually to keep users motivated.

The company’s most famous app is called 5K Runner. It trains you to run a 5K race in 8-weeks. Founded by Benny Shaviv in 2012, the company is being watched by a lot of people as an example of how to build a successful paid-app company. The company has racked up 30 million downloads so far, all on iOS, and is generating millions of dollars a year without any targeted advertising and marketing campaigns.

BitBite

Founded by Etai Granit in 2014, BitBite is an Automatic Dietary Recording System (ADRS) that combines a wearable tracking system with real-time analytics for direct-response, power-of-suggestion that helps consumers improve eating habits and achieve weight loss.

BitBite monitors eating patterns by analyzing chewing sounds via microphones available in off-the-shelf headset devices and motivates the users to eat slowly. It helps people move on from the bad eating habits that most of us pick up during childhood. The company has raised around $587.2K in total, including seed and crowd funding.

Telesofia

Founded by a team of medical doctors and Internet industry veterans, Telesofia Medical’s proprietary platform allows healthcare providers to generate branded personalized educational videos for patients automatically. The videos are tailored to the particular patient, directed to low literacy level, and available on devices with no need to install a specific application or codec.

‘Our aim is to empower patients with knowledge by promoting patient education and engagement with personalized patient videos,’ says Dr. Rami Cohen, Founder of Telesofia.

Telesofia emerged as the winner of Frost & Sullivan 2016 New Product Innovation Award for its new patient engagement platform. Experts believe that it is a game-changing healthcare platform, one that enables long-term patient engagement while simultaneously adding value to society by way of improved long-term patient health, safety and reduced rates of readmissions.

SleepRate

SleepRate is a sleep monitoring app that works in combination with almost any Bluetooth enabled heart rate tracking device to monitor, diagnose, and treat your sleep disorders and sleep deficits. SleepRate has developed a Sleep-Life Balance Program- a personalized, step-by-step program that helps improve mental and physical performance by “rebooting” your sleep system. The Sleep-Life Balance Program is administered via a smartphone that communicates with a heart rate sensor.

Founded by Dr.AndaBaharav in 2015, SleepRate is on a mission to help millions of people improve their productivity and overall well-being through balanced sleep-life programs.

Oxitone Medical

One of the Israel’s fastest growing startup, Oxitone Medical was founded by Leon Eisen in 2010. They have developed an elegant watch that enables remote pulse oximetry without a bulky fingertip probe. Having developed an end-to-end solution that automates continuous care of pulmonary, heart and sleep-related diseases, the device allows real-time gathering and analyzing SpO2, pulse, activity, sleep, respiratory rate and temperature from the wrist.

The company has been able to raise $3.9 Million in 2 rounds from 5 investors including GE Ventures and StartUp Health among others. The pocket-sized, wearable device will change the face of pulse oximetry shortly.

Startups mentioned in article

UpRight

Biop Medical

TytoCare

PharmaPool

GlucoMe

Fitness22

BitBite

Telesofia

SleepRate

Oxitone Medical

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