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Spotlight On… Israel’s Health IT Industry

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Monday, August 16th, 2010

Few people know that Israel is one of the global pioneers in health information technology, a digital revolution that began in the mid-1990s. Israel’s HMOs—notably Clalit Health Services and Maccabi, which today serve about 80 percent of the Israeli population—led this revolution, which resulted in the implementation of electronic medical records used by virtually 100 percent of the country’s population, the vast use of laboratory and imaging information systems, computerized physician order entries, and e-prescribing.

Clalit Health Services was the world’s first HMO to implement a health information exchange (HIE), enabling the creation of patient files that could include data and information input from various treatment sources, such as clinics and hospitals. This has allowed for unprecedented connectivity and mobility for the 60 percent of the Israeli population currently in its system. Virtual records have eliminated inefficiencies caused by medical records previously scattered among different service providers, and they have helped promote a continuum of care, improve the quality of care, and reduce costs significantly.

Key figures:

  • Israel’s health expenditure in 2007 constituted 7.7 percent of its GDP and $2,048 per capita.
  • Life expectancy at birth and infant mortality rates are indicators of the quality of health care in a country. Rates for both are better in Israel than in the United States. In 2007, Israel‟s life expectancy at birth for males and females stood at 79 and 82, respectively. Israel measured better for infant mortality, as well, with 3.8 deaths per 1,000 births, compared to the U.S. total of 6.7
  • Today, virtually all of Israel’s primary-care physicians use electronic health records, while only 28 percent of those in the United States do.
  • The usage of e-prescribing in Israel is 95% compared to 20% in the United States.

As Australia is preparing to introduce e-Health records under the National Health and Hospitals Network, NEHTA can draw from Israel’s experience and vast body of knowledge in health IT. Moreover, there is invaluable know-how about implementation processes and management of both the cultural and organizational change that are so crucial for success.

To read the report on Australia-Israel eHealth Collaboration click here

To read an Overview of Israel’s Health IT Industry click here

The following 4 Israeli Health IT companies have approached the ITC and are looking for business opportunities in Australia:

Magic Software

Effective application platform and business integration solutions for clients throughout the healthcare industry including HMOs, PPOs, hospitals, medical centers, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, health information providers, senior health care providers, and dental centers.

www.magicsoftware.com

Ran Lewinski

Mobile: +972 (3) 5389309

Email: Ran_Lewinski@magicsoftware.com

DB Motion

Information integration software that facilitates interoperability and Health Information Exchange (HIE) for health information networks and integrated healthcare delivery systems; serving millions of patients and integrating billions of individual records of clinical information.

www.dbmotion.com

Ilan Freedman

Mobile: +65 8328 3885

E-mail:  ilan@dbmotion.com

Assuta

Unification and joint operation of various hospitals operating under a single organizational (and physical) network by providing solutions for sharing clinical information at a national level, among hospitals and HMOs (which are not organizationally connected) in such a way as to enable the attending staff to obtain any relevant information about the patient that is required for the treatment, even if it originates at another hospital, at the community clinic, etc.

To read more about Assuta click here

http://en.assuta.co.il

Ph: +972-3-7643247

Shina Systems

A platform that allows clinicians, healthcare providers and patients to view meaningful medical images to the point of care at any location and for any purpose-from diagnostic image interpretation to viewing images on a personal health record.

www.shina-sys.com

Yael Gross

Mobile: 972-50-8882319

Email: yael@shina-sys.com