Innovation: The Past, Future, and Present of Clinical Excellence
Innovation is vital to modern medicine. By combining Assuta’s patient-centric philosophy with its innovation engine, RISE, we can provide our patients with the highest standards of care.
Prof. Joshua (Shuki) Shemer
Chairman of Assuta Medical Centers
With over 40 decades of public service in the Israeli healthcare sector, including a stint as the Director-General of the Ministry of Health, I have witnessed the incredible evolution in the field of healthcare. As Chairman of Assuta Medical Centers, one of my responsibilities is accelerating this process through innovation.
While these days, Innovation is used by many as a buzzword to attract public attention, it is, in fact, an inherent characteristic of human existence: the ongoing effort to improve every aspect of our lives.
In medicine, a commitment to this effort, i.e., to innovation, is essential for the provision of first-rate medical treatment. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that as an organization that has always endeavored to remain at the forefront of medicine, innovation is a part of Assuta’s DNA, and complements our commitment to empowering patients with more choices. In the following article, I will detail my views on innovation, how it can be best used to benefit patients, and on the vital role RISE, Assuta’s innovation engine, plays in accelerating medical technological advancements.
While these days, Innovation is used by many as a buzzword to attract public attention, it is, in fact, an inherent characteristic of human existence
The Importance of Innovation in All Its Forms
Assuta takes pride in deploying the latest medical devices for the benefit of its patients. These include the cutting-edge VELYS Robotic-Assisted Surgical Solution, which enables greater insights for real-time decision-making and increased precision for better outcomes, as well as advanced imaging devices such as the MRI-Linac system, which helps capture detailed MR images of tumors and surrounding tissues during radiotherapy: empowering doctors to provide precise cancer treatment by adapting delivery in realtime.
Innovation can take many forms, and besides advanced medical devices, it also helps Assuta personalize treatment. Through our own research efforts, as well as industry and academic collaborations orchestrated by RISE, we have developed advanced tools that allow tailoring medicine to specific patient pathologies
While headline-grabbing breakthroughs in fields like AI generate a lot of attention, at Assuta, our focus has always been on our patients, and it’s often the less glamorous elements that make all the difference for the care experience.
For example, Assuta patients can conveniently receive CT and MRI scan images to their mobile phones for instant viewing and distribution. Similarly, in an effort to help patients feel more comfortable in a foreign hospital environment before undergoing surgery, an app has been developed that helps familiarize them with the process, as knowledge provides comfort.
Remote Medicine Up-Close
One important trend in medical innovation that received a significant boost during the COVID-19 pandemic is telehealth, or remote medicine. The potential benefits and importance of further developing and scaling up the use of remote medicine are numerous, especially concerning the treatment and diagnosis of mild ailments, as it aids our doctors in serving patients efficiently and providing them with the best medical care. It also allows doctors to assist more patients without compromising the quality of their service. However, we must not put the cart before the horse: direct contact between a patient and his physician can, in some instances, be essential to achieve optimal clinical outcomes- especially when dealing with complex cases.
At Assuta, we never forget the essential human aspect of care and understand that while technology is an important tool, it should not, and can not replace the one-on-one interaction between a patient and his physician. With that in mind, telehealth advances can help serve Assuta’s core values: compassion, clinical excellence, and patient-centric care.
Leading the Way in Healthcare Innovation
Assuta has always been a pioneer in implementing medical innovations, but now, through RISE, our innovation engine, we are at the forefront of advancing the development and deployment of medical technologies.
RISE works with amazing startups developing medical innovations, and provides them access not only to Assuta’s outstanding healthcare professionals: aiding development with end-user insights, but also to Assuta’s comprehensive ecosystem that can help propel them and their technology to wherever it is destined to make its impact. This ecosystem includes one of our closest partners: ALIVE VC Fund, which offers start-ups significant business development resources, strategic guidance, and growth capital.
RISE works with amazing startups developing medical innovations, and provides them access not only to Assuta’s outstanding healthcare professionals
Startups are notorious for moving quickly, and Assuta’s exceptional adaptability allows RISE to help them get from concept to end product as speedily as possible.
With human lives at stake, there is no time to waste, and that’s why Assuta created RISE.