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Large Potential Seen For Tele-Medicine in Israel

The Israel Export Institute believes that there is great potential for the development of tele-medicine in Israel.

According to Mira Richman, head of communications and tele-medicine at the Israel Export Institute, the area of tele-medicine embodies the industries in which Israel is considered the leader: medical equipment, communications and information technologies. In light of this, the Israel Export Institute established initial evaluation of this area in 1998, headed by Dr. Hamutal Meiri of Tele-Marpeh.

The evaluation found that today the tele-medicine market is valued at $9 million and it has been growing at a rate of 20 percent per year for the last five years. The forecast predicts a continuation of this growth due to the increase in longevity, increased demand for quality medicine and the combination of information technology with the strategic commitment of controlling health expenses.

The Institute has established a forum to promote this field and has organized a delegation of companies to visit Scandinavia in order to investigate the possibilities of joining existing projects and creating joint ventures. The delegation will include personnel from medical, communications and software companies, who will visit Sweden, Finland and Norway.

The Institute has designated these countries as the strategic objective for the export of Israeli long-distance medical technology. They are considered a strategic objective that matches the potential of Israeli industry, its intensity and the directions of its development.