The key to solving the problem of burdens on the health system, according to Dr. Kira Radinsky, Is in the patients’ initial initial screening of patients, and this is exactly what the start-up company it co-founded with its two partners – Diagnostics Robotics 4 years ago, which will be presented alongside dozens of new developments in the heart at the annual ICI Innovation in Invasive Cardiology conference, December 5-7, 2021 in Tel Aviv. Interview with the woman who began her studies at the Technion at the age of 15 and completed her doctorate at the age of 22.
The burden on the health system and the constant shortage of standards, beds and medical equipment, have for years been a solid basis for concern, not only in Israel but worldwide. The corona era only sharpened and intensified this problem. In fact, all the preventive measures taken here and around the world in the last two years have been intended for one purpose only – not to burden the health care system and to try and prevent it from collapsing. We have seen such collapses all over the world, from Italy, through large parts of the United States to less advanced countries like Romania, Guatemala and many others.
This is exactly the niche that Diagnostics Robotics, the Israeli start-up that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analysis, is trying to optimize the health systems in the world and predict the deterioration of patients.
The person behind this promising start-up is Kira Radinsky, only 35 years old, but already a world-famous figure with previous ventures she has developed, including an event prediction mechanism based on gathering and analyzing information from news sites and various social networks. This venture has already been successful when in 2012 it accurately predicted the outbreak of the cholera epidemic in Cuba and also the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Zaire.
To the current venture, Radinsky added Yonatan Amir (33) and Prof. Moshe Shoham, founder of Mazor Robotics, a medical device company and manufacturer of a robotic spinal guidance system, which in September 2018 was acquired by Medtronic at a company value of $ 1.6 billion.
The world of artificial intelligence and big data is no stranger to Radinsky, who at the age of 15, became a student at the Technion and began researching and developing products in the field, which were a worldwide success. Among other things, Radinsky sold to e-bay for $ 40 million her first start-up, SalesPredict, which contracts consumer behavior online.
The corona seems to have arrived just in time for your startup
“I really hope the idea was successful with or without the corona, but there was no doubt that the pandemic helped us fly to the skies with the tools we developed. And really I never wish for diseases, but yes, without a doubt the pandemic has jumped us big.”
How did Diagnostics Robotics help the world during the Corona?
“The company provides automated triage (initial screening), based on tens of billions of medical appointments that are in our system. In the first corona wave, for example, we had to watch the spread of the disease, long before there were corona tests here. We were not hired to say Jerusalem and Bnei Brak There will be many cases because they have already seen it in our eyes. We have created a list of cities where the disease is expected to spread based on information that was publicly available and according to various questionnaires we created. Our level of accuracy was close to 80%, “Our system was also the first to recognize that loss of taste and smell is a major symptom in Corona.”
We are seeing increasing loads on the health systems in the world – where will it go?
“Let’s say so, the large loads we saw in hospitals around the world during the Corona will be our reality in just 10 years. Already today people are waiting for an average screening of about 4 hours, while in China the average is about 8 hours. How do we make the system more efficient? In Israel, for example, the family doctor treats about 2,000 people and in the United States, the family doctor treats about 5,000 people. There is little pressure on such a health system, and it is not possible to maintain an economy. “A format we have worked on so far. A disk needs to be replaced, and we have a golden opportunity to make a change.”
And what’s in the new “floppy” that you bring?
“There is automation of all processes, especially the initial sorting and initial response. Not always the patient who wants to see the family doctor has to do it, sometimes he can save himself and especially the doctor time and get an excellent response based on millions of similar cases in our system. “That the family doctor can devote more time to each patient who really needs him. And we achieve all this without expanding the health services in relation to population growth.”
What is it about you as a professional, as a person, as a personality, that has made you so successful in Israel and around the world?
(Laughs awkwardly) “When I was a doctoral student, I was told I was too young to be modest. But it’s me and I feel like I’m just at the beginning, and that I have to prove myself to the world every day. Being an entrepreneur is not really rational, but if you do it right, It’s an unparalleled feeling. It’s like jumping off a cliff and just thinking in the air how I’m going to land. It’s more or less – all or nothing. In the end, he will manage on his own. ”
What things are you working on in Diagnostics Robotics for the future?
“Especially about proactive medicine, identifying problems before they escalate into a crisis. The goal is to bring back those patients who wait hours in the emergency room – back to the community, because there they know how to treat them optimally. For example now we are working on a project that identifies people with mild mental problems. “People are walking around with a bit of depression and do not know it. When it comes to chronic patients, it affects for example their response to treatment. Many of them stop taking medication. It’s a real problem to make people want to take care of themselves.”
The venture of Dr. Kira Radinsky and her partners, along with dozens of new developments in the field of cardiology will be presented at ICI, the annual conference for innovation in invasive cardiology to be held from 5-7 December 2021 in Tel Aviv with the participation of over 1,500 doctors, entrepreneurs, researchers, representatives of giant companies. Financing bodies and venture capital funds from around the world.
This is the 27th year that this conference has been held in Israel on the initiative and management of Professor Rafi Biar and Professor Haim Lotan, and through it, hundreds of developments in the field of the heart have been unveiled, which have received great funding and success around the world. This year, the $ 200,000 De Haan Prize will be awarded to the leading innovation company.