How Israel does healthcare innovation; an insider’s look for Americans

By Mandy Roth

An Israeli innovation expert peels back the curtain for a look inside one of the world’s leading health system innovation centers.

In the realm of innovation, Israel is one of the world’s acknowledged leaders, a phenomenon documented in the 2011 book Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer, Israel, is the epicenter of healthcare innovation in the country, producing myriad success stories over the years, including the valve used in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures.

Eyal Zimlichman MD, MSc, serves as deputy director, chief medical officer, and chief innovation officer at Sheba, and is the mastermind behind the organization’s ARC Innovation Center, that will open its first phase this year. He shares a look into key elements of Sheba’s approach to innovation, providing a model and ideas which could serve as inspiration for U.S. healthcare systems that are investing in similar endeavors.

The Guiding Strategy

Zimlichman joined Sheba in 2012 and stepped into his present role in 2016. This prompted him to devise a strategy called ARC, which stands for accelerate, redesign, and collaborate, and is based on four principles: invest in digital health, welcome startups, focus on collaboration, and build a facility to stimulate further innovation. This philosophy guides the organization’s approach to innovation.


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