Nordic medical delegation discusses healthcare innovation with Israeli hospitals

A team of 30 top-notch doctors and medical innovation professionals from the Nordic countries will return home on Wednesday after a visit to learn from Israeli hospitals.

The delegation, which included CEOs and MPs from some of the leading hospitals in Denmark and Sweden, as well as pharmaceutical representatives, visited Beilinson Hospital, Hadassah University Medical Center, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and Sheba Medical Center during the course of your trip. , which started on Monday.

“The purpose of the delegation was to observe and learn about how government, hospitals, industry and innovators can work together in concert,” said Magnus Bjorsne, CEO of AstraZeneca’s BioVentureHub. “Innovation is a collaborative effort … and there are many initiatives in Israel, and we are interested in understanding how they are being implemented.”

Special emphasis was placed on data sharing and how data from Israel’s electronic health records – the secret sauce behind the country’s surprising and swift vaccination campaign – could be removed from identifiers and shared for the good. of research at the hospital and industrial level.

Bjorsne further said that hospital directors were looking to address innovation inside and outside of their hospitals.

Empty beds in the intensive care unit in the coronavirus ward of the Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem on October 14, 2021 (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI / FLASH90)

“If a doctor invents something, there must be a system in the hospital that can support the continued development of that innovation,” Bjorsne said. “The other dimension is when someone from outside [the hospital] He invents something and wants to collaborate with the hospital to implement that innovation within the hospital. These are two totally different mechanisms, but both come down to ensuring the best way to benefit the patient, regardless of where the innovation was made. “

Eytan Wirtheim is the CEO of Rabin Medical Center, the umbrella of Beilinson and Sharon Hospitals. He welcomed the delegation, one of the largest in a given region to date. He said that since COVID there has been an increase in interest in promoting innovation in hospitals around the world, as the virus pushed the medical establishment to re-evaluate its practices and seek innovative ways to treat patients in difficult times.

“We are in the era of innovation, research and development, the use of big data and artificial intelligence,” said Wirtheim. “That was the reason for this visit to Israel, to see what we are doing in Israel in the field.”

Beilinson has been focused on innovation, Wirtheim said, including launching a program that allows all staff members, from top doctors to nurses and other health care assistants, to come up with their own innovative ideas for development consideration. He said that each idea is examined by a team and a feasibility analysis of the ideas is carried out to see if they are feasible. If so, a project plan is developed and the hospital intends to implement it.

In recent years, the hospital began using artificial intelligence to better identify the edge of tumors in bladder cancer and implemented a new method to be able to track patients under sedation so that if something happens during a procedure, staff can see it. and treat it in real time. Both processes arose from ideas generated by the hospital staff.

“The main problem is to identify the unmet needs of our patients, see if we have ideas to meet these needs and, if they are feasible and reproducible for all patients in all hospitals, do them,” Wirtheim said.

Although there are differences between visiting hospitals and Israeli hospitals, Bjorsne said, he believes that the collaboration that is established during this visit will be lasting.

Wirtheim said the group agreed to meet somehow next month and he too is “more than confident that these connections will continue from this point.”

He said, “It was their idea to come to Israel. This long and intense meeting on Monday showed us that we have a lot to learn from each other. “

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