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Israel launches $30mn plan to promote R&D of health techs in hospitals

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Jerusalem, May 31 (IANS) Israel has launched a plan for the set up of R&D infrastructure in hospitals on health tech innovation, the Israeli Health Ministry said in a statement.

The 100-million-shekel ($30 million) plan launched on Monday is led by the Ministry, the Israel Innovation Authority and the National Digital Israel Initiative, includes cooperation between industry, research and hospitals, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The plan encourages collaborations based on the use of health data for R&D purposes, in order to promote innovative public health services, and help hi-tech startup companies to grow, the Ministry said.

It includes 19 selected R&D projects, of which five include the set up of digital infrastructure for clinical trials in five leading hospitals.

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Other projects include R&D accessibility to health data at hospitals in pathology, genetic sequencing, midwifery, endoscopy and other fields.

Another project focuses on smart hospitalisation in the ward and at home.

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The programme is expected to significantly expand the scope and quality of collaborations between hospitals and hi-tech companies while adapting to the need for innovative R&D in the health fields, the Ministry added.

–IANS

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