Soroka Medical Center, IAI establishing innovation center to develop medical technologies

In the framework of the partnership, defense technologies will be converted into medical ones   

Dr. Shlomi Codish (L), director general of Soroka Medical Center, and Yoav Turgeman, vice president of IAI and CEO of ELTA, at the ceremony for the signing of the partnership agreement. Photo: IAI 

The Soroka Medical Center and Israel Aerospace Industries have signed an agreement to establish an innovation center for development of medical technologies and conversion of developments in the defense field into ones for the medical field.  

The goal of the joint innovation center by IAI's subsidiary ELTA and the Soroka Medical Center is to serve as an incubator of ideas for development of medical equipment. The ideas will be the fruit of dialogue between doctors from the medical center, who will specify the medical and engineering needs, and IAI engineers who will examine technologies that will serve as engineering solutions based on the technological capabilities and engineering manpower at the company. A joint steering committee will select the initiatives that will be carried out at the joint innovation center. 

As part of the mobilization by IAI and the Defense Ministry's Directorate of Defense Research & Development following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Israel, and along with the establishment of a ventilator production line, the company developed many technologies to assist the medical establishment that resulted in fruitful cooperation with Soroka Medical Center. 

The cooperation led to the development of the "cockpit" system enabling the collection of data on ventilated COVID-19 patients in a single location while providing a complete picture of the situation of the patients. The use of IAI's artificial intelligence technologies enables the system to provide early warning of the deterioration of the patents' situation, and by doing so, facilitates the timely provision of resources for those patients.  

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