Rambam has launched the new ‘Center for Medical Innovation’ (Innovation Laboratory), the only one of its kind in Israel.
The innovation center offers hospital staff a cooperative environment where they can identify the unmet needs of patients, and translate them into practical inventions – to the prototype level – that solve these problems. This can be, for example, a senior surgeon who is faced with an unresolved challenge in the operating room or a clinic that needs a special device for specific patients.
The center helps all creative staff who have applicable ideas, turn their schemes into reality. To bring these various ideas to fruition, the center accompanies inventors, and offers them the aid of expert engineers. It also supplies the most basic tools, like hammers, saws and welding machines, as well as innovations used in the world’s most advanced digital production. The center allows the use of 3D scanners, and printers like Ultimaker, sensors from the world of IOT and programming packages with different abilities.
The first successful example of such collaboration between the new Center for Medical Innovation and a Rambam surgeon is exemplified by the work of Prof. Aaron Hoffman, director of the Vascular Surgery Unit. Prof. Hoffman uses tools offered by the center, particularly 3D printers, to get three-dimensional images of blood vessels before he performs operations. This allows him to decide which procedure is best-suited to treatment.
Watch the movie about the new Innovation Laboratory.