May 17, 2020

Israel is set to launch its $275mn Digital Health strategy

Catherine Sturman
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The Israeli government has recently revealed its ambitions to invest $275mn in its digital health strategy, which will see the launch of a personalised...

The Israeli government has recently revealed its ambitions to invest $275mn in its digital health strategy, which will see the launch of a personalised digital database which will store information of up to nine million citizens in the country.

The country will consolidate its existing digital medical database with one sole database, but will require its citizens to consent to such personal information being available to support the development of new drugs and personalised clinical solutions.

The use of genetics and medical data will further support research and life-science companies through a new initiative, titled the Mosaic project.

Over $170mn is set to be allocated towards the development of essential digital platforms to support researchers, The Jerusalem Post has reported. Approximately $64mn will go towards the support of start-ups. Remaining funds will then support the overhaul of existing regulations to support the implementation of digital health.

The potential to become a leader in the digital health industry is huge for Israel, which presently houses a strong research and development backbone, as well as a significant number of healthcare start-ups specialising in AI, machine learning and medical devices.

Through the mosaic project, healthcare providers will be able to analyse healthcare trends and improve patient care, provide quicker diagnosis of illness and deliver bespoke solutions.

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By working with SAP SE, the country will look to develop and enhance Israeli’s existing digital health capabilities and enable local healthcare start-ups to link with multinational healthcare companies.

“We are making a move of historical significance. We are developing the industries of tomorrow,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement.

“In effect these are the industries of today,” he explained at a recent meeting. “They are based on a combination of three things: Very large databases, artificial intelligence and connectivity.”

 “It’s potentially bigger than cybersecurity, which is a huge area. It’s bigger than transportation. This area of digital health is estimated at six trillion dollars,” he added.

“Let’s assume that we get 10% real market out of this potential – [which] in my opinion, is a conservative estimate – that’s a $600bn market.”

“This is a major asset and we want to make it accessible to researchers and developers in order to achieve two things: one is preventive medicine, and the second is personal medicine tailored to each individual.”

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Jun 24, 2021

Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis

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Jvion's new interactive map uses AI to predict areas most vulnerable to poor mental health

Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map  of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health. 

The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH)  and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group. 

Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness. 

As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.  

The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals. 

The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic. 

With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map. 

“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.” 

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