Leading Healthcare Initiatives of 2017
Submitted in total: 207 initiatives
Semi Finals/Finals: Shortlists
The call for projects to submit to the Health Accelerator is being realized by this annual competition, in cooperation with ‘Globes’ newspaper. 2017 publications were answered by individuals and professionals alike (medical centers, health funds, doctors & nurses, start-up companies and private entrepreneurs). In all, more than 200 projects were submitted to a volunteer jury composed of a wide range of healthcare stakeholders: from patient organization representatives to policymakers, academia, industry, media representatives and more. Jury narrowed the selection to ten top innovations. The final winners were announced on June 17th, 2017 at the Annual Reboot Conference. They have received a package consists of financial support, media coverage, professional exposure, consulting, close mentoring, meetings with policymakers and more. Helping them identify and open the right doors and, in time, see their innovations implemented or “rebooted”. these 3 initiatives are now underway, changing today – the healthcare of tomorrow:
1ST Place: 2017 Leading Health Initiative
“Bio Bank”: A Biological sampling pool for research use. The initiative will be established by recruiting existing sick fund members to donate samples for DNA mapping, bio-markers, and epigenetic testing, which will assist in various studies for the detection and prevention of various genetic diseases.
“MedAware”: Optimization and monitoring of a prescribed medical treatment and prevention life-threatening errors in prescription drugs, that appear to occur in about 1.5% of the patients on average, with the risk of prolonged/repeated hospitalizations, at best, and, at worst, an increased risk of death. This technology can prevent life-threatening errors to approximately 20,000 patients each year in Israel.
“HEALTHYMIZE”: An innovative solution for diseases that affect speech, such as lung & heart diseases, through an application that listens to phone calls and processes speech signals. The platform identifies a worsening of the physical condition and thus provides alerts to the patient and medical staff, enabling early treatment and preventing deterioration.
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“Maccabi 4 Family”: This program, led by Liza Abravanel Kanani, a district social worker at Maccabi Healthcare Services, offers a support system for family members of chronically ill patients, including assistance, guidance, information, support and encouragement to help relatives with coping with the patient.
The 2017 Judging Committee