U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation Organized Personalize Medicine Panel at the U.S.-Israel Healthcare IT Business Exchange in Atlanta Georgia

June 2010

On June 9, 2010 Ann Liebschutz, Executive Director of the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF), moderated a Personalized Medicine panel titled the “Future of Healthcare IT—The Intersection with Personalized Medicine” at the US-Israel Healthcare IT Business Exchange, June 8-9, 2010 in Atlanta, GA.

The US-Israel Healthcare IT Business Exchange, organized by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, is an important forum to help Israeli companies market their cutting edge technology in the US.  Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent for CNN offered keynote remarks at this event. As the Obama administration invests billions of dollars into a new Health Care System Infrastructure, new opportunities are opening for collaborative investment and R&D linking Israeli leaders in the Health Information Technology (HIT) industry with major US stakeholders in the field.

Panelists included:

Dr. Yelena Yesha, an electronic commerce and assured information systems expert and Computer Science Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County
Presentation Title: “Computational Challenges in Health IT”

Dr. Naphtali Rishe, database management and high performance computing expert and Professor at the Florida International University’s School of Computing and Information Sciences
Presentation Title: “Healthcare IT work in Florida universities in the framework of the National Science Foundation’s Industry-University Research Center for Advance Knowledge Enablement”

Dr. Eddy Karnieli, Director of the Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the RAMBAM Medical Center in Israel

Dr. Daniel Russler of the Nationwide Health Information Network

Dr. Joel Saltz, Director of the Center for Comprehensive Informatics and Professor in the Department of Pathology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University.

This panel, in the context of the Business Exchange’s efforts to facilitate Israeli companies entering the emerging HIT market, assessed the state of the industry, identifying key technological areas for development and cooperation.  Israel continues to be a leader in the HIT industry, and the USISTF is excited to have participated in this panel as we work to bring together experts from both countries to best take advantage of the opportunities unfolding in new health care technology.