Basel – September 16, 2019
Swiss and Israel based docdok.health, ranked amongst the most promising healthtech companies in Europe 2018, has formed a partnership with the ARC (Accelerate Redesign Collaborate) Innovation Center at Sheba Medical Center in Israel, which was recently ranked by Newsweek magazine as being amongst the top 10 hospitals in the world.
The ARC Innovation Center, led by Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Sheba’s Chief Innovation Officer and Dr. Nathalie Bloch, the Center’s Director, aims to bring new technologies into the healthcare ecosystem in order to further improve patient care. It allows seamless integration between innovators, scientists, startups, high-level developers, large corporate companies, investors, and academia-all under one roof. Apart from the most advanced physical space promoting innovation through collaboration, the ARC Innovation Center offers exclusive features. The basis for innovations in digital health is access to big data, an area where Sheba excels, as the hospital has been paperless since 2004. Direct access to data drives innovation on all levels of the center. Furthermore, access to clinical sites and to patients, through a strong and rapid Institutional Review Board (IRB) process, allows rapid implementations in a real world environment. Formal partnerships with leading academic medical centers in Israel and around the world, accelerators, corporate strategic partners (e.g., Google, Novartis. Janssen, Philips, and Deloitte), and investors propel innovations into the market, where they can create meaningful value to patients. Sheba works with a number of top-notch medical centers in North America including the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Mount Sinai Medical Center which gives promising StartUps the opportunity to set up joint programs with these centers. Since its inception, Sheba Medical Center has been a critical hub for basic and applied medical research. Today, one-third of all clinical trials in Israel are conducted at Sheba, focusing on the development of novel drugs, new medical technologies and cutting edge health innovation.
“It is a big privilege for us to start this collaboration with the ARC, which fits very well with our strategy to put a focus on global partnerships with top of the class organizations and enterprises in the healthcare market in order to make a significant impact in line with our mission to deliver personalized healthcare in a short period of time”, explains Yves Nordmann M.D., Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of docdok.health. As former co-founder of WellDoc in the US, the first FDA approved app in history, he is a pioneer in the emerging field of digital therapeutics. “Our docdok solution allows innovators, medtech and pharma companies to significantly accelerate the design, validation and go-to market for digital therapeutics by using one single platform to conduct eClinical trials and to deliver personalized healthcare. The open ecosystem approach of the ARC, together with the access to big data, PIs and patients make this
collaboration a perfect fit for us.” The HIPAA and GDPR compliant cloud-based healthcare provider / patient communication platform docdok is deeply integrated into healthcare primary software systems. Used clinically as well as for studies, it uniquely closes the communication and information gap between patients and key stakeholders of the healthcare system (hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical & medtech companies, and health insurers). docdok is already active in 4 countries outside of Israel and is being used by numerous (university) hospitals, pharmaceutical and medtech companies as well as by physicians in ambulatory settings. Together with IBM, ETH Zurich and the University Hospital of Zurich, docdok.health recently won a coveted Innosuisse grant from the Swiss Government in order to further develop and clinically validate a novel digital therapeutics solution for asthma and COPD patients.
About Sheba Medical Center:
Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer in Tel Aviv is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in Israel and in the entire Middle East. It incorporates six major facilities (Acute Care Hospital, Rehabilitation Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Maternity Center, Cancer Center and Heart Center), a vast medical research complex and a medical education and academic campus. Employing over 9,000 health professionals, Sheba is home to numerous national health institutions such as the Center for Newborn Screening, the Center for Medical Simulation and the Center for Health Policy and Epidemiology. The hospital has been a critical hub for basic and applied medical research. Today, one-third of all clinical trials in Israel are conducted at Sheba, focusing on the development of novel drugs, new medical technologies and cutting edge health innovation.
docdok.health AG, the Netflix of healthcare, was founded 2017 in Basel, Switzerland and operates a 100% Innovation & Tech/IT development daughter company in Israel. The mission of docdok.health is to enable and deliver personalized healthcare solutions, supporting the paradigm shift from volume- to value-based healthcare. Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. med. Yves Nordmann is a practicing physician and successful serial entrepreneur in the healthcare sector. He was a co-founder of E-Medicus AG, a Swiss market leader in electronic health records in the cloud, WellDoc, the digital healthcare pioneer for mobile prescription therapies in the US, and Oviva, one of the first apps for personalized mobile nutrition counseling in Europe. Co-founder and CEO Dr. Ulrich Mühlner, a former top management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Pharmaceutical senior executive at Novartis AG, brings 18 years of healthcare experience to the table. At Novartis, he led corporate strategy and global business development in the digital healthcare space, establishing groundbreaking partnerships with Google / Verily, IBM, and Proteus, and developing innovative digital healthcare services such as Care4Cardio with the Swiss health insurer Sanitas.
Dr. Ulrich Mühlner
CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland