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Start-up Nation Israel meets NRW – How can AI make hospitals smarter?

Dienstag, 14.03.2023
Virtuelles Event

Start-up Nation Israel meets NRW is a joint international event, organized by NRW.Global Business and KI.NRW, focussing on the use of artificial intelligence in hospitals. The event brings together notable speakers from NRW and Israel to discuss what constitutes a smart hospital and how utilizing AI in healthcare can bolster the efficacy of hospitals in both regions. How can AI help improve patient care while reducing costs and administrative work and what are the ethical questions that arise in the process? Hear what experts have to say on these topics and enjoy two pitches from start-ups already knee-deep in the field.

As the Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer of Philips said in 2019, »Israel is unique in the way that people coming from the medical field are open to applying new technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data. When these two worlds find each other, that’s when the magic happens.« Israel is considered one of the biggest tech hubs for medical devices and digital health globally. In 2021, the country received $1.9 billion in funding for digital health companies, per figures provided by Start-Up Nation Central. As of this year, Israel is home to almost 500 companies dedicated to healthcare. In North-Rhine Westphalia on the other hand innovative medicine scores with innovative start-ups and SMEs, internationally active large companies and institutions of top-level research. The diversity of the innovation landscape in NRW ranges from classic business fields such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, medical biotechnology and an enormously strong and diverse supply and research landscape with many innovative approaches to new and emerging business fields such as artificial intelligence, digital health applications, personalized medicine and many other areas from the field of future technologies.

Where? online via Zoom

When? March 14th, 2023, 10:00 CET | 11:00 IST


Felix Neugart
Managing Director
NRW.Global Business
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Dr Christian Temath
Managing Director
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Prof Eyal Zimlichman, MD, MSc (MHCM)                           
Chief Transformation Officer, Chief Innovation Officer, ARC Founder and Director
CMO & CIO Sheba Hospital

In 2022, Newsweek ranked Sheba the 10th best hospital and the 13th smartest hospital in the world. Not only has Sheba been completely paperless since 2004, but it also has its own digital innovation center, ARC. ARC brings together all the players in digital health – physicians, researchers, startups, industry leaders, academia, investors, and top-tier medical centers with the goal of redesigning healthcare. ARC’s model of sustainable innovation has been so successful that it has already been exported to other countries, such as ARC Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

Prof. Eyal Zimlichman is an internal medicine physician, a healthcare executive, and a researcher focused on assessing and improving healthcare quality and value, patient engagement, and patient safety. Prof. Zimlichman currently serves as chief transformation officer and chief innovation officer at Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital. In this position, he oversees the transformation efforts carried out at the medical center as it aims to redesign healthcare to be focused on patients while being more effective, efficient, and equitable. For these reasons, Prof. Zimlichman founded Sheba’s global innovation arm (ARC – Accelerate, Redesign and Collaborate).

Dr Anke Diehl
Chief Transformation Officer
University Medicine Essen

Dr. Anke Diehl, M.D., M.A., is Chief Transformation Officer and Head of the Digital Transformation Unit at the University Medicine Essen (UME). As a medical doctor with broad clinical and scientific experience, she is responsible for implementing innovative projects as part of the smart hospital’s digitization strategy. The expert for digital medicine is consortium leader of the leading edge cluster of artificial intelligence in medicine »SmartHospital.NRW«. End of 2021, Dr. Diehl was appointed by the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Gematik to the 7-member National Expert Panel »Interop Council“ and won the »Medical Woman of the Year 2021« award (German Medical Awards).

In the 2023 Newsweek hospital rating the University Medicine Essen (UME) has risen to the 5th best European and the 20th best smart hospital in the world. Since 2015 UME pursued a consistent digitization and transformation strategy, which included founding its own institute for artificial intelligence in medicine (IKIM), opening a data integration center and creating various new departments such as patient safety, data governance or digital transformation. Innovation is always a teamsport and therefore apart from infrastructure developments, process innovation and technical design, there is a big emphasis on cultural transformation including all members of staff, regardless whether they come from medical, nursing, therapeutic, medtech, research or the IT department.

Moderated by Dr Christian Temath, Managing Director, KI.NRW


Marcus Goerke

nextOR Planning is an AI-based solution for hospitals: a self-learning program that optimizes OR planning by a lot. With the help of artificial intelligence, nextOR analyzes the data of all available parameters and operations that have already taken place. In this way, it creates an optimal OR planning that is updated in real time and takes into account the individual aspects of each surgery.

Marcus is a business economist with focus on business informatics and a committed entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in management consulting, corporate management and sales development. He loves to identify (new) customer needs, find solutions for them and build up sales and marketing. At nextOR he takes care of finance, partner management and strategy and increasingly also internationalization.

Alexander Böhmcker
Vice President Europe

Aidoc is the leading provider of AI solutions for healthcare providers, helping them expedite patient treatment, improve quality of care and coordinate care across multidisciplinary clinical teams. Aidoc’s CE/FDA cleared suite provides the most comprehensive AI offering that aids the timely detection of pathologies on radiology images (a.o. intracranial hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism, ischemic stroke, c-spine fractures, intra-abdominal free air, etc.). The award winning aiOS™ platform provides access to own developed and third party AI solutions through one user interface and orchestrates the workflow seamlessly.

Alexander Böhmcker is the Vice President Europe at Aidoc. Previously, Alex was for more than a decade the CEO of Telemedicine Clinic (TMC), a pioneering healthcare start-up that scaled into one of Europe’s largest and most respected imaging diagnostic groups. TMC’s team of over 300 sub-specialized radiologists and pathologists serve every year patients in 140 hospitals in five countries with high quality radiology and pathology reports, with the support of Aidoc AI solutions. He is co-founder of the Spanish chapter of »Conscious Capitalism«, is lic.oec. of University St. Gallen, Switzerland, and MBA (CEMS) from ESADE, Barcelona.

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