Ronnie Gamzu, CEO of Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, recently touted the benefits of digital and AI moving forward at hospitals and health care institutions. The savvy CEO noted that doctors on their own aren’t capable of continuously producing accurate prognosis to each and every one of their hundreds or even thousands of patients they treat—however artificial intelligence will help. Gamzu noted that health providers are far behind other industries when it comes to digitization—e.g. the way an institution reinvents how it offers healthcare services. Healthcare providers are behind other sectors with digital-driven AI-technology transformation in other countries as well.
Gamzu got straight to the point at this Israeli conference—“smart digitization can make us better doctors and nurses.” He continued that digitization will “make us more precise, more service-oriented, and faster, but that hasn’t been the case” adding that regulatory and compliance factors, such as privacy concerns, have slowed down and possibly even hampered the progress in his own facility. Gamzu is clear: the more digitization, the more patient data available the more services can improve.
Gamzu’s own Cancer Story
Gamzu himself was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last year—he went through (and still is going through) the health care system in Israel. He touches on a topic few are comfortable with—that doctors feel uncomfortable getting closer to a patient yet it is at these very times that a patient needs the human touch noted Gamzu.
Digitization with Empathy
Gamzu’s journey as a cancer patient has led him to conclude that health systems need more of a human touch—and that the goal of digitization should be patient centric—not necessarily administrative-centric for example, reported CTECH.
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital)
Gamzu himself has an MD from Ben Gurion Medical School. As CEO of Sourasky Medical Center he certainly has the position, influence and power to help effectuate change in the provider setting—not to mention in clinical research—where the more the provider has digitized the more data-driven options are available for observational research and random controlled trials.
Sourasky Medical Center is the third-largest hospital complex in Israel. Spread out over a large area of 2.7 million square feet that includes Ichilov General Hospital and Ida Sourasky Rehabilitation Center, Lis Maternity Hospital and Dana Children’s Hospital. Gamzu took the helm in 2016.
Clinical research at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center capitalizes on the provider’s assets such as the 400,000 patients treated per annum—1.8 million patient visits per year. A 1,500-bed world-class governmental academic medical center. Research at the institution focuses primarily on a translational approach, with the objective of introducing pioneering solutions into clinical practice and advancing patient care. The Medical Center manages all the phases involved with clinical research—from preclinical through translational and human trials Phase I-IV. Innovative medical techniques and technologies spanning all medical disciplines and all department.
Research is led by professor Eli Specher.