After introducing the Accelerate-Redesign-Collaborate strategy two years ago, Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest hospital, has become a serial producer of digital innovations.
“This strategy really fuels everything that is happening in Sheba today, and we are seeing that medical centers in other countries, especially in the US, are now trying to copy our model,” Sheba CMO and CIO Eyal Zimlichman recently told HIMSS Insights.
An open innovation campus sits at the heart of the ARC strategy, with five topics of focus, including digital innovations in surgery, VR/AR, personalised medicine, AI/ big data, and telehealth/ mHealth, and a chairman responsible for each of them.
Meanwhile, 30 new innovation projects are being launched every year, receiving $50,000 each over a rapid development cycle of ten months, a “virtual currency” used to obtain access to digital development capabilities, and staff can apply for these grants.
“We have been through three annual cycles of this now, and many of those who have applied for the nearly 100 grants are in fact physicians,” Zimlichman added.
The third issue of the HIMSS Insights eBook, launched during the HIMSS19 conference taking place in Orlando this week, puts the spotlight on digital health leaders that have made innovation possible around the world.
It seeks to show that innovation is not as much about management or allocating funding, as it is about overcoming obstacles.