• Smartphone for the Blind invented in Israel. An Eye-Free Mobile Device to Facilitate Daily Life for Blind and Visually Impaired People

    Qualcomm has partnered with Project RAY, a group devoted to improving the lives of blind and visually challenged people through technology, to create a smartphone specifically for those that can’t see. There’s a variety of apps developed for smartphones that take advantage of technology originally developed for sighted folks to help those that are blind.

    The RAY phone is the first smartphone that was specifically developed to be used by the blind, featuring a unique, custom designed user interface that utilizes vibrations and audio cues as part of its repertoire. The phone is currently being trialed by 100 people in Israel where the handsets were interfaced with the country’s Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped to provide easy access to books on tape and other reading materials in audio format.


    A robot that performs spine surgery – SpineAssist, a robotic tool for back surgery which guides doctors through spinal cord operations, reducing the time of the surgery and the exposure to radiation.

  • Smart Hospital Bed - EarlySense

    SHB, is a contact-free continuous patient monitoring solution, that tracks patients heart rate, movement and breathing in rehabilitation homes and hospitals.

    It immediately transfers data to caretakers and stuff and allows them to potentially prevent adverse events such as reducing the risk of patient falls or preventing bedsores.

  • חיפה: בניית בית חולים תת-קרקעי ממוגן

    מבצע הקמתו של בית החולים לשעת חירום במרכז הרפואי רמב"ם , המבנה התת-קרקעי יהיה הגדול מסוגו בעולם
    The world’s largest and most advanced “fortified hospital” was unveiled last June at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. The 2,000 bed underground hospital is designed to keep patients and staff safe dozens of meters below ground even if missiles and rockets are falling above ground – in case the city ever faces the kind of attack it did during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. It is also designed to keep out chemical or biological weapons.

  • Israel as created a debriding agent that will save burnt patients

    An enzyme-based debriding agent for the removal of necrotic tissue from severe burn wounds, instead of surgical intervention.
    It is a gel made of a mixture of enzymes which are extracted from the stem of the pineapple plant. It should be applied topically to a clean burn wound to remove the eschar (the dried-out, thick, leathery, black necrotic tissue that covers severe burn wounds) four hours after the burn. The quick removal of the eschar greatly shortens the recovery time from severe burns.

    The gel also reduces the risk of infection of the burn as it includes disinfectants. Four hours after the gel is smeared on the burn, it can be wiped off, exposing the burned area, and thus enabling doctors to determine subsequent treatment.

  • Israel makes possible home sleep apnea screening!

    Israelies have developed a miniature sleep lab that can be worn on the wrist and one finger to diagnose and identify the source of sleep problems.
    WatchPAT, which allows patients to be diagnosed at home in their own beds rather than at hospital sleep clinics, was named one of the 10 best medical innovations for 2010 by the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.
    Sleep experts suspect that sleep disorders are at the root of many work- and automobile-related accidents, sexual dysfunction and depression.

  • From Nazareth English Hospital

    Congratulations to one of their students, Naseem Odeh, who achieved the second highest degree score in Israel.

    What’s more remarkable about this outstanding achievement is that Naseem’s mother tongue is Arabic and the exam is in Hebrew.

    Naseem was marginally beaten by a student who achieved 91% but whose mother tongue is also Hebrew.

    After his graduation Naseem received a number of job offers from different hospitals in Israel who were keen to have such a top student working for them. Hafia University also invited him to study there for the BA. However, we are delighted that Naseem has decided to continue to study for his BA at our school.

    Amal Khazin, Director of Nursing Education, at the School of Nursing, presented Naseem with his certificate at his graduation ceremony and said, “We are all very pleased with Naseem’s achievements at the School and are very proud of him. It’s also a good reflection of the standard of teaching and support the students receive at the School. Naseem has a great career ahead”. Blessings from HBF.