How has Israel become the new Silicon Valley and AI hub?

By Philip Ward, staff writer

April 22, 2021 -- Israel is fast becoming a global center of excellence in artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging, says Kevin Lev from Philips. He explains how this has happened and provides an update on the company's AI-enabled offering that won the Best New Radiology Software award in the 2021 EuroMinnies.

Introduced at RSNA 2020, the Advanced Visualization Workspace - IntelliSpace Portal 12 software features a wide range of new "intelligent, automated and connected" quantitative imaging and workflow features, including the most AI enhancements of any single product in the company's portfolio, according to Lev, who is marketing director for advanced visualization and AI solutions, based in Philips' Haifa office in Israel.

In a video interview with's Philip Ward, Lev elaborates on how the award-winning software was developed and looks ahead to new products currently being worked on by the vendor. He also speaks about the return of face-to-face congresses, possibly beginning with HIMSS in August, and how the tech innovation mindset that allows AI to flourish is also contributing to the success of Israel's COVID-19 vaccination program.

Further interviews with the winners of the 2021 EuroMinnies award scheme will follow next week. Now in its third year, the scheme is an annual event recognizing excellence in radiology. Candidates are nominated by members, with winners selected by an expert panel in two rounds of voting. A full list of winners in the 2021 edition of the EuroMinnies is available on

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