Israel Health IT Summit

April 14, 2010


Israel's leadership, expertise and innovation in health IT can provide a model and solutions that would drive better quality measures, lower financial costs, and increase the market efficiency of the U.S. health-care system.

To discuss the possibilities, the Milken Institute Israel Center scheduled an Israel Health IT Summit on April 14, when numerous companies were visiting Los Angeles on a trade mission to identify and formulate strategic partnerships.

Yitzhak Peterburg, a Milken Institute Senior Visiting Fellow and former CEO of Clalit Health Services, considered the second-largest HMO in the world, gave an overview of health IT in Israel. He is the author of the Milken Institute Israel Center report "Israel's Health IT Industry: What Does the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Mean for Israeli Collaborative Opportunities?"

In addition, representatives of Israeli companies took part in a panel discussion, and an industry seminar focused on growth opportunities in health IT and knowledge transfer within large-scale networks. Key speakers included:

o Sajid Ahmed, Director, Health Information Technology (HIT), L.A. Care Health Plan

o Darren Dworkin, Chief Information Officer, Cedars-Sinai Health Systems

o Dr. Jeffrey Guterman, Medical Director, Clinical Resource Management, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

o Dr. Eve M. Kurtin, Venture Partner, VantagePoint Venture Partners