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Innovation Labs Inaugurated in Be’er-Sheva

Publish Date: 12/25/2017
A unique innovation lab, the first of its kind, was inaugurated on Dec. 21 in Be'er-Sheva.  (Thursday, 21/12) in Beer Sheva. The new lab, led by the Center for Digital Innovation (CDI-NEGEV), focuses on the challenges faced by the elderly in Israel and will advance the search for solutions using innovative models and advanced digital technologies.

The laboratory will help to deal with multi-systemic challenges that have been mapped through cross-organizational cooperation between the National Insurance Institute, the Joint Distribution Committee, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Social Equality, the Be'er-Sheva Municipality and Ben-Gurion University.

The goal is to examine and simulate a holistic approach to every aspect of elderly citizens' lives. The Innovation Lab simulates the life environment of elderly citizens, including family, welfare, health, connection, and contact with younger generations, and more. The laboratory includes a furnished house with a bedroom, a kitchen, and a guest room. Digital technologies are being tested, including innovative models for improving the quality of life and health of elderly, and advanced methods of connecting with family members and the environment, ongoing medical treatment with hospitals and medical centers, contact with youth, social services (to relieve loneliness), contact with caregivers, and more.

The laboratory mimics a comprehensive living environment, combined with advanced technologies and research, and will enable a holistic vision that will examine the entire array of needs and services provided to elderly citizens at the municipal and national levels. CDI will create thought and development processes in cooperation with partners, entrepreneurs, Start-ups, city leaders and academic experts, with the aim of reaching innovative solutions that will significantly improve the lives of elderly citizens.

The laboratory will operate according to an integrated innovation methodology developed by CDI, which presents the challenges and enables an ecosystem of the various partners to find innovative solutions (technological, processes, and social issues), test them and demonstrate them in the laboratory environment, implement pilot programs in relevant environments in Be'er-Sheva, and then to assimilate solutions at municipal and national levels.