Dr. Ran Balicer (Video Available)

Speaker: Ran Bailcer, MD, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer at Clalit Health Services


Talk Title: AI in healthcare: Dreams, hallucinations, and useful practices.

Ran D. Balicer, a public health physician and researcher, serves as Chief Innovation Officer and Founding Director of the Clalit Research Institute at Clalit - Israel's largest healthcare organization. In these roles, he is responsible for strategic planning and development of innovative organization-wide interventions for improving healthcare quality, reducing disparities, and introducing novel data and AI driven tools into practice to increase care effectiveness. 

Prof. Balicer has been affiliated as faculty with the Ben-Gurion University since 2004, involved in research and teaching in the School of Public Health, and serves today as full professor and track director in the faculty' MPH program. He authored books, book chapters and over 250 peer-reviewed publications looking at various aspects of real world evidence generation, public health, quality improvement, and preventive medicine. In recent years, Prof. Balicer's research is focused on the study of extensive clinical databases in care provision and policymaking, as well as in applying and assessing innovative models of care aimed at increasing the effectiveness of non-communicable diseases care. In parallel, he is involved in the study of emerging infectious diseases prevention and control, through modeling and real-life big data.

Prof. Balicer serves as Chair of the Israeli Society for Quality in Healthcare, as an Advisor to Israeli Ministry of Health on infectious disease epidemiology, health policy and emergency preparedness. He also served as a Board Member of the International Foundation for Integrated Care and of the European Federation of Medical Informatics.

Prof. Balicer serves in senior advisory groups to the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe - including the Region’s Senators Group, and is involved in projects focusing on chronic diseases monitoring, prevention and control, and healthcare systems integration. 

Since 2020, Prof. Balicer serves as Chair of Israel’s National Expert Advisory Team to the government on Covid-19 response.