AI in the Meuhedet Health Fund (HMO) and at Soroka University Medical Center
The National Digital Health Plan is striving to make Israel a key player in the field of digital healthcare – both as an engine of growth for the Israeli economy, and as a means to improve health services in Israel. The program, established by a team comprised of professionals from different government ministries, will see an investment of hundreds of millions of shekels over the course of five years. Of this sum, NIS 132 million will be invested in targeted programs that will be operated by the Innovation Authority in order to develop the digital healthcare industry while strengthening its connection to health organizations in Israel.
To this end, in 2018, the Authority launched a program for supporting pilots in the field of digital healthcare that are either performed in Israeli healthcare organizations, or that are based on capabilities or the data at their disposal. The program garnered a great deal of attention both from the industry and from healthcare organizations seeking to assimilate technological innovation. Over the course of the year, 52 applications for pilot support were submitted in 22 healthcare organizations. The Authority approved the backing of 24 pilots that will be conducted in 15 different healthcare organizations, with a total investment valued at roughly NIS 74 million, about half of which is government funded.
The Digital Robotics pilot, which stands out among the pilots approved, has developed a computerized system based on AI – the first of its kind – aimed at cutting healthcare costs and improving service. The system, which is designed to be used by medical teams, includes a personalized recommendation engine for patients based on a broad clinical picture. In the context of the pilot program, the system will first be implemented in two healthcare organizations: Meuhedet Health Fund, where it will positioned at clinic entrances and at an emergency care center, and will be accessible for use at home by app; and at the Soroka Medical Center’s emergency room for Kupat Holim Klalit in Be’er Sheva.