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Sinai Partners with Center for Digital Innovation



Collaboration will link startups with pilot opportunities in Chicago and Israel



April 18, 2019


CHICAGO, IL – Sinai Health System and the Center for Digital Innovation (CDI) – a nonprofit innovation center based in Beer-Sheba, Israel – have formed a new partnership to develop and promote digital health care opportunities in Chicago and Israel. The two have formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to target segments including health care technology, pharmaceuticals and healthy and active aging, to identify and facilitate collaborative innovation opportunities for startup companies, pilot projects and other health care initiatives with both Sinai and CDI.


“We’re excited to join with CDI to connect new, innovative approaches to health care between our community partners in Chicago and Israel to bring positive outcomes for the people we serve,” said Karen Teitelbaum, President and CEO of Sinai Health System. “We are very impressed by the holistic approach of CDI, which is consistent with how Sinai approaches partnering in our community. This effort will take those sort of collaborations to a whole new level – connecting leading edge health care solutions in real time, across the globe.”


Eddy Gandler, CEO of CDI shared his enthusiasm for the possibilities offered by the new affiliation. “When we visited Sinai, we found so many opportunities to make connections and share digital solutions to address health care challenges facing our communities. Whether it’s sharing research and best practices, utilizing technology to improve monitoring for health precursors, or bringing together startups across the globe, we feel we share Sinai’s passion to bring creativity and a hands-on approach to addressing health and wellness.”


Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, Aviv Ezra, on the CDI-Mt. Sinai partnership: “The Israeli Consulate is proud to have played a role in connecting an Israeli innovation center with a well-established, community-focused hospital in the Chicago. This partnership is a superb example of how Israelis are able to share their expertise in health care, digital health, innovation, technology and research right here in the Midwest. As an agreement between Sinai Health System and CDI becomes a reality, Israeli technology will offer real-time, practical and applicable solutions to the challenges that face the communities served by Sinai.


Connecting the dots between Chicago and Israel this way is a win-win for all of us and reaffirms the city of Chicago and the state of Israel as partners in creating lifesaving and groundbreaking results”


As part of the MOU, both Sinai and CDI agree to provide guidance and support to selected startups by facilitating connections to each of the organizations’ networks, promoting digital healthcare and healthy aging technologies and pilot projects as well as sharing best practices and information to address specific needs and issues in their respective communities.


One of the initial focal points for the effort is centered on addressing health and wellness needs of the senior citizen community. CDI has been utilizing advanced technology to monitor “soft” falls, which are often the precursors to more significant falls with injuries, which can be devastating for seniors. CDI is using innovative technologies to assess how people function in simulated environments to determine when and where to intervene to prevent falls and injuries. They will be working with Sinai to apply these technologies and approach in conjunction with Sinai’s senior wellness programs to not only increase understanding of what causes “soft” falls, but ultimately provide healthy outcomes for Chicago’s senior population


CDI aims to bridge the “Startup Nation” ecosystem with Sinai’s mission to improve the quality and cost of care, while creating opportunities for the Israeli startups to have a fertile US healthcare testing environment for their technologies. CDI also aspires to bring its innovation methodology of social projects for the aging population to Sinai to support its mission to improve the health of the community.     


About Sinai Health System

Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organization, is comprised of seven-member organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute and Sinai Urban Health Institute. The system has over 800 physicians on its hospital medical staffs, 695 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits and eight physician residency training programs. For more information, visit


About Center for Digital Innovation

The Center for Innovation is a non-profit innovation center based in Beer-Sheba, Israel, whose mission is to promote and develop digital health care companies, as well as to bring together a variety of startups focused on digital innovation. CDI focuses on digital health care, healthy aging, , converging academia, government and industry from Israel and around the world to address challenges from all angles with real-time guidance from end users. Learn more at