About BigData in HealthCare TLV 2019

Big Data

With the development of new technologies, extensive data is being collected through various platforms, and has come to be known as Big Data. Israel is a world leader in innovation and start-ups, and is also leading the way in using Big Data most effectively for the benefit of the Health Sector.

The Israeli government has recently approved access to personal data stored by the local health funds for the purpose of improving health services, research and development. We are excited to invite you to the first BigDataTLV International Conference and Exhibition to further explore this fast-developing field of Big Data in HealthCare. The Conference will be entirely in English.

Call for Abstracts

“I am delighted to invite you to participate in the first Big DataTLV event in Israel to focus on HealthCare.The event takes place on April 16, 2019, in the Wohl Convention Center in the heart of Innovation Nation, Israel.”

Eyal Zimlichman MD, MSc, Deputy Director, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, ‎Sheba – Tel Hashomer Hospital Co-Chair BigDataTLV 2019


Eyal Zimlichman MD, MSc

Co-Chair BigData in HealthCare TLV 2019


Dr Eyal Zimlichman

Dr Eyal Zimlichman is an internal medicine physician, a healthcare executive and researcher focused on assessing and improving health care quality and value, patient safety and patient engagement. Dr Zimlichman is currently Deputy Director General, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital. Prior to this Dr Zimlichman also held the position of Lead Researcher at Partners Health Care Clinical Affairs Department in Boston.

Dr Zimlichman is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health Executive Healthcare Management Master of Science program and earned his MD at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

David L Reich MD

Co-Chair BigData in HealthCare TLV 2019


Dr David L Reich

David L Reich MD, the Horace W Goldsmith Professor of Anesthesiology, has been President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital and President of Mount Sinai Queens, both part of the Mount Sinai Health System, since 2013. Dr Reich was Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology from July 2004 through March 2014, and also served as President of the Medical Board in 2011-12.

After arriving at Mount Sinai in 1984, Dr Reich completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia. Dr Reich serves on Mount Sinai’s Appointments and Promotions Committee and on the Board of the Independent Practice Association. In 2011, Mount Sinai’s nurses and nursing leadership honored Dr Reich with the Physician of the Year Award. In 2014, he received the Jacobi Medallion from The Mount Sinai Alumni Association.

Dr Reich’s research interests include neurocognitive outcome following thoracic aortic surgery, outcome effects of intraoperative hemodynamics, medical informatics, and hemodynamic monitoring. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, invited articles, editorials, and book chapters. Additionally, Dr Reich is an associate editor of the text Cardiac Anesthesia, editor of Monitoring in Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, and co-editor of Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.

Prior to his residency in anesthesiology, Dr Reich completed two years of residency in general surgery at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with highest distinction from Pennsylvania State University in 1980 and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1982 through the Penn State-Jefferson Five-Year Cooperative Program.

Keynote Speaker

bigdata tlv
John D Halamka, MD
Chief Information Officer

John D Halamka, MD, is the chief information officer (CIO) at Beth Israel Deaconess System, chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), and a practicing emergency physician. He is also the International Healthcare Innovation professor at Harvard Medical School  READ MORE



Keynote Speaker

Joel Dudley, MD

Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences

Dr Dudley is currently Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and founding Director of the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.He also serves as Executive Vice President for Precision Health for the Mount Sinai Health System. His work is focused at the nexus of -omics, digital health, artificial intelligence (AI), scientific wellness, and healthcare delivery. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, MIT Technology Review, CNBC, and other popular media outlets. He was named in 2014 as one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine READ MORE

Steering Committee


Professor Varda Shalev

Professor Varda Shalev MD MPH is the director of the institute of research and innovation, Maccabitech (Big Data and Epidemiology research), and an active primary care physician in Maccabi Health Care Services. With an MD degree from Ben-Gurion University Medical School, she completed her residency in family medicine and earned an MPA in Public Health Administration at Clark University. After a two-year fellowship in medical informatics at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Professor Shalev established the Department of Medical Informatics at Maccabi and was responsible for planning and developing its computerized medical systems. She has pioneeered the development of multiple disease registries to support chronic disease management. She served as director of the primary care division in Maccabi. Shalev’s research interests are in epidemiology, medical informatics and predictive analysis in community healthcare. She is a member of the European Health Telematics Association and the American Medical Informatics Association. Professor Shalev is an Associate Professor at the Tel Aviv University School of Public Health, and she teaches Big Data and medical informatics in Tel Aviv University. She has authored or co-authored over 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals.



Professor Ran Balicer

Professor Ran Balicer MD, PhD, MPH serves as Founding Director of the Clalit Research Institute, an award-winning data-driven health innovation center that was designated as the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Noncommunicable Diseases Research, Prevention and Control. In parallel, he serves as Director of Health Policy Planning for Clalit, Israel’s largest health maintenance organization. In these roles, he is responsible for the strategic planning of novel organization-wide interventions for improving healthcare quality, reducing disparities, and increasing care effectiveness. These include the introduction of data-driven innovative tools into practice, including predictive modeling, real-life effectiveness markers, decision support tools, and proactive preventive care. Professor Balicer also serves as a Full Professor and Track Director in the Master of Public Health program at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. His research is focused on the study of extensive clinical databases in care provision and policymaking, integrated care, and quality management. In addition, he is Chair of the Israeli Society for Quality in Healthcare, advisor to Israel’s Ministry of Health, Board Member of the International Foundation for Integrated Care, Council Member of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, and a member of senior advisory groups in the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.



Dr Michal Rosen-Zvi

Dr Michal Rosen-Zvi is the Director for Health Informatics at IBM Research and a visiting Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She is also heading the Health Informatics Department at IBM Research, Haifa, a department that is researching seed ideas for AI-based innovative healthcare technologies and bringing them to fruition for IBM clients. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers, is a member of various program committees of Machine Learning and Bioinformatics conferences, and serves as the Israeli delegate at the Management Committee of the European Network for cost containment and improved quality of health care.



Dr Kira Radinsky

Dr Kira Radinsky gained international recognition for her work at Microsoft Research, where she developed predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, including political riots and disease epidemics. In 2013, she was named to the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35, in 2015 as Forbes 30 under 30 rising stars in enterprise technology, and in 2016 selected as “woman of the year” by Globes. She is a frequent presenter at global tech events, including TEDx, Wired, Strata Data Science, Techcrunch and academic conferences, and she publishes in the Harvard Business Review.



Dr Gidi Stein

Dr Gidi Stein is a practicing physician, researcher and serial entrepreneur. Early in his career, Gidi served as CTO and Chief Architect of several algorithm-rich startup companies in Israel. In 2002, Gidi graduated from Tel Aviv University Medical School and later specialized in internal medicine, treating patients and teaching students and residents in one of Israel’s largest hospitals. Gidi received a PhD in Computational Biology from Tel Aviv University, harnessing mathematical and biological models to help fight breast cancer. In 2012, Gidi co-founded MedAware, which utilizes machine learning algorithms to eliminate prescription errors and promote patient safety.



Dr Matthew Levin

Dr Matthew Levin is a board-certified Cardiac Anesthesiologist, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, and Director of Research Informatics for the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine. He began his career by working for five years in Silicon Valley and the software industry during the dot-com boom. He then changed careers to pursue medicine, but never lost his passion for technology. Now he is excited to be bringing the latest innovations in systems architecture, machine learning and big data into the healthcare arena, to improve patient care and save lives. Dr Levin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and an MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.



Dr Ahuva Weiss-Meilik

Dr Ahuva Weiss-Meilik is the head of the Data Science and Quality Division at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. In that capacity, she leads the hospital’s data science innovation and research strategy. Previously, she served as the national coordinator of the Middle East Quality in Health Care Program coordinated by Harvard University and also served as the head of the clinical and economic performance unit at Sheba Medical Center. She holds a PhD degree from the Technion in Haifa and attended multiple advanced programs at Harvard University, Dartmouth Hitchcock College, and Intermountain Healthcare (LDS).



Shira Lev-Ami

Shira Lev-Ami is an expert in the field of digital health. For seven years she has served as head of the Digital Health and Computerization Department at Israel’s Ministry of Health. The Ministry underwent a revolution in information systems and promoted a national strategic plan for leveraging digital health for the entire health system. This included the establishment of a national infrastructure for Big Data and genetics studies.
Shira has an interdisciplinary background, with Masters degrees in Political Science (Public Policy) and in Law, and an MBA (Management of Information Systems and Organizational Behavior), all from Tel Aviv University, through an Interdisciplinary Excellence Program.
She has experience in the business world, including strategic consulting at Shaldor, managing complex transactions in the Fishman Group, and in the charitable sector – in strategic and operational positions in the Yad Hanadiv Fund. Shira is a mother of three and lives in Modi’in.



Dr Ben Gross

Dr Ben Gross MD, MMSc is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Sheba Medical Center, working to optimize the use of IT systems and data to improve patient care and to strengthen and expand Sheba’s innovation center.
Dr Gross served as a physician in the IDF and later led the design of multiple clinical information systems. He served as a Senior Clinical Informatician at Partners Healthcare System, focusing on medical terminology. Dr Gross is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, and holds an MD from the Hebrew University and a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics from Harvard Medical School.


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