Imagine a future where hospitals deploy virtual nurses to greet patients, doctors perform complex surgical procedures using robotics, and outpatients are empowered to maintain a healthy regimen by using smartphones and wearables to monitor their activities, with digital tele-medicine capabilities to provide CAT scans and MRIs from wherever they might be in times of medical need.
In reality, the future is now at Sheba Medical Center-Tel Hashomer in Ramat Gan.
“Israel serves as a global incubator of innovative ideas for a variety of reasons,” said Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Deputy Director General, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Sheba Medical Center. “I believe that many unique innovations in medicine that will impact the world for the next 100 years will be developed in Israel and especially at Sheba, where our new ARC (Accelerate Redesign Collaborate) Innovation Center is already changing patient care and saving lives using cutting-edge technologies, ranging from big data and digital health care to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics.”
Identifying needs and developing solutions
The new ARC Innovation Center will allow seamless integration between innovators, scientists, start-ups, high-level developers, large corporate companies, investors and academia – all under one roof. It will focus on digital health technologies, including precision medicine, big data and predictive analytics, telemedicine and mobile health. Sheba Medical Center is already a world leader in both medical research and big data.
The new Innovation Center will be housed in a 6,000-square meter (65,000 square foot) building, utilizing the wide range of medical professionals within Sheba Medical Center to identify unmet clinical needs and then actively and rapidly develop solutions and products. Innovation grants offered by philanthropic funds, investors and strategic partners will fuel the innovation and development cycles. Formal partnerships with leading academic medical centers, accelerators and investors will help propel innovations into the market, where they can create meaningful value for patients.
The ARC Innovation Center has already attracted an impressive roster of Sheba’s top medical professionals who are on the cusp of creating revolutionary treatments, and a growing number of start-ups have already put down roots at ARC’s temporary headquarters on the Sheba campus, in order to collaborate on new medical technologies.
Large companies will be investing
Dr. Nathalie Bloch, Director of the ARC Innovation Center, will take part in a special roundtable session about health tech innovation during the GA. Prior to returning to Israel to head the ARC Innovation Center, Dr. Bloch was a primary care physician and medical director in Boston, and a senior fellow at the Harvard Medical School for Innovation in primary care medicine.
According to Dr. Zimlichman, some of the world’s largest consumer big data and medical technology companies will also be investing substantial funds and manpower in the new ARC Innovation Center, which will allow them to have direct access to Sheba’s research and start-up medical prowess.
The ARC Innovation Center also represents an opportunity for VC funds and/or investors who wish to become directly involved in the future of medicine on a global scale. Dr. Zimlichman added that, “Once we formally announce some of the multi-national companies who will be involved with ARC, we anticipate that many investors and start-ups will want to become a part of the future of medicine, which will be centered at Sheba.”
Sheba Medical Center
Sheba Medical Center is the largest hospital in Israel and the most comprehensive academic medical center in the Middle East. It is home to six hospitals, 120 departments, over 9000 healthcare professionals and numerous national health institutions such as the Israel Blood Bank, the Center for Medical Simulation and the Center for Health Policy. Sheba has always been a critical hub for basic and applied medical research. Today, one-quarter of all clinical trials in Israel are conducted at Sheba, focusing on the development of novel drugs, new medical technologies and cutting-edge health innovation.
For more information about the ARC Innovation Center: Eyal.Zimlichman@sheba.health.gov.il