Israel-Australia business update

Israeli innovators feature at digital health festival

Israeli digital healthcare experts and innovators featured at the recent Digital Health Festival held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Sheba Medical Centre's Professor Eyal Zimlichman.
Sheba Medical Centre's Professor Eyal Zimlichman.

Israeli digital healthcare experts and innovators featured at the recent Digital Health Festival held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The conference brought together international healthcare professionals, policymakers and technology innovators, all committed to improving healthcare through digital solutions.

Professor Eyal Zimlichman, head of ARC (Accelerate, Redesign, Collaborate) Innovation at Sheba Medical Centre, addressed delegates on transforming healthcare, using digital health to enhance accessibility, efficiency and quality of care.

Sheba is recognised as the largest and most comprehensive healthcare facility in the Middle East and as one of the top 10 hospitals in the world.

Offir Levy, healthcare chief technology officer for Israeli cybersecurity company Claroty, spoke about “Securing the Smart Hospitals of the Future” and the importance of managing healthcare cybersecurity risk more generally.

Claroty was co-founded in 2014 by Israeli venture group Team 8. It focuses on protecting critical infrastructure such as hospitals and power grids, and commercial and public sector facilities.

In addition, two leading Israeli digital health companies, MD Clone and Datos Health, exhibited at the Digital Health Festival.

MDClone focuses on empowering exploration, discovery and collaboration utilising healthcare data to improve patients’ health. Powered by a patented technology for producing synthetic data, MDClone’s technology platform allows researchers and organisations around the globe fast and easy access to clinical data, while fully protecting patients’ privacy.

Datos Health specialises in remote care automation, monitoring and engagement. Its Open Care platform was recently selected by Northern Health in Victoria, to integrate into Northern Health’s virtual care delivery in cardiac rehabilitation, back pain, lung cancer, severe asthma and gestational diabetes programs with plans to expand Datos Health into other digitised patient care programs into the future.

Dr Katharine See, director of respiratory medicine at Northern Health, praised Datos Health’s digital platform during her address on value-based care. See highlighted that the digital platform has the potential to enhance patient equity and accessibility, streamline early detection and intervention for patients, and ultimately deliver improved patient outcomes more efficiently.

SAP to acquire Israel’s WalkMe for $US1.5 billion

SAP, the global powerhouse in enterprise applications and business AI, announced it will acquire Israeli company WalkMe, a leader in digital adoption platforms, for $US1.5 billion.

The strategic acquisition will integrate WalkMe’s patented AI-driven technology into SAP’s extensive business transformation management portfolio.

WalkMe’s digital adoption platform sits on top of other software products, apps or websites and provide users with advanced guidance and automation features, enabling customers to build workflows seamlessly across any number of applications, identify where workflows might break, get the tools to take immediate action and help make the most, and drive higher adoption, of the underlying software.

Claroty’s Offir Levy.

“Applications, processes, data and people are the four key elements of a successful business transformation,” said Christian Klein, CEO and member of the executive board of SAP SE.

“By acquiring WalkMe, we are doubling down on the support we provide our end users, helping them to quickly adopt new solutions and features to get the maximum value out of their IT investments.”

WalkMe is headquartered in Tel Aviv and was founded by Dan Adika, Rafael Sweary, Eyal Cohen and Yuval Shalom Ozanna in 2011, with the vision of simplifying digital user experiences.

“We are thrilled to join forces with SAP. This acquisition marks a significant milestone in our journey, providing us with the resources and customer base necessary to enhance our product offerings and expand our market reach,” said Adika, CEO of WalkMe.

“By leveraging SAP’s extensive ecosystem, we are poised to unlock substantial growth opportunities and deliver even greater value to our customers. Together, we look forward to a future filled with innovation and exceptional service.”

Marcus Mandie is CEO of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (Victoria).

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