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Coping with the coronavirus crisis, advanced and battle-proven technological capabilities are adapted for the benefit of improving the operation of medical centers and organizations that are at the forefront of the combat against the pandemic. One of the challenges is the “deficient workforce that operates under protective cloth in a noisy environment. Coping with such an accumulative challenge clarifies the insufficiency of the traditional methods for management, communication and coordination (PA system, Pagers, Walkie Talkies),” said Dr. Ofer Caspi from the Rambam Healthcare Campus in Haifa.

EX-TEAMS (TZAIAD), a cellular-based management and control system that was jointly developed with Elbit Systems is based on an Elbit Systems’ Command & Control (C2) technology that was repurposed in recent weeks for management and control of medical workforce and patients. The development effort was led by Doctor Oren Caspi from Rambam and a team from Elbit Systems.

Photo: Elbit Rambam

The system has been already installed on the personal cellular handsets to 100 medical professionals who directly provide care to Coronavirus patients providing the teams with enhanced capabilities 24/7. Rambam intends to soon extend the deployment to more than 1,000 of its employees. 

EX-TEAMS is a cellular cloud-based application that is installed on the personal mobile phones of teams that operate in the healthcare campus, enabling to manage missions performed by large and diverse workforce operating in a range of locations reflecting a comprehensive real-time picture of all operations and needs across the healthcare campus. The system provides location-based personal and group voice data and video communications that are seamlessly operated also under protective suites. It also enables a typing-less medical paperwork processing. The system prioritizes response efforts, efficient mission-focused allocation of workforce and assets and rapid assignment and deployment of emergency teams. All the transmitted information is encrypted maintaining security and medical confidentiality. The system can be deployed within a few days requiring neither investment in new equipment nor changes to existing communication and IT networks.

Haim Delmar, the General Manager of Elbit Systems C4I & Cyber, commented: “We are proud to be in a position to apply advanced and proven battlefield technological capabilities in order to improve the operations of medical centers and additional organizations that stand in the frontlines of the fight against the Coronavirus. I thank Rambam’s team for the cooperation.”