Karolinska University Hospital Signs Agreement for Innovation Partnership with Israel's Sheba Medical Center


Karolinska University Hospital have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the world leading Sheba Medical Center in Israel. This MOU brings together two of the world's Top 10* leading hospitals within the context of a collaborative partnership that is intended to focus on innovation and solution development in the areas of digital health, clinical data and not least precision medicine where Karolinska have placed high priority on the work to bridge the gap between healthcare, research and innovation.

- Developing strategic and innovative partnerships with other international hospitals is one key area if we are to deliver fully on our vision to cure and relieve tomorrow what no one can cure and relieve today. With our pioneering spirit, innovation and collaboration with others, we strive to be a leader and for international prominence in the areas of healthcare, research and education. Karolinska is an attractive partner with our advanced knowledge and international position – there is a great potential to develop together so I am very pleased that we are ready to get started with Sheba," says Björn Zoëga, CEO at Karolinska University Hospital.

- We are very excited to begin working together with Karolinska to push healthcare innovation to the next level. I am confident that our two leading institutions, with our significant track record in research and development to date, can bring about meaningful solutions that will bring value to our patients. Together, we will change the future of healthcare," says Professor Eyal Zimlichman, Sheba's Chief Medical and Innovation Officer.

It is the ambition of the two award winning hospitals to grow their innovative ecosystems by working jointly to bring new healthcare solutions that can benefit patients. Sheba Medical Center is Israel's largest hospital and has been placed amongst the top ten World’s Best Hospitals by Newsweek three years consecutively. Sheba is most noted for their efforts in developing digital healthcare solutions that have been adopted both in Israel and internationally.

Karolinska University Hospital is ranked number seven globally and number two in Europe on Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospital 2021. Karolinska is also rated amongst top global healthcare providers on the list of World’s Best Smart Hospitals 2021 and Best Specialized Hospitals 2021. The hospital has a defined assignment for highly specialized healthcare and continues to develop advanced healthcare solutions that benefit patients.

Link to Newsweeks Top 10 Best Hospitals 2021.

About Karolinska University Hospital

Karolinska University Hospital is ranked amongst the World’s Best Hospitals, Worlds Best Smart Hospitals and Best Specialized Hospitals 2021.

Karolinska University Hospital has the best results for number of heart surgeries and lowest mortality. (30-day mortality rate 1% 2020 which is the lowest to date for Karolinska and the lowest in the world).

Precision Medicine has been elevated to a priority development area at Karolinska. Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital have established a joint Precision Medicine Center.

Karolinska is the Swedish hospital that has cared for over 20% of the total number of covid-19 patients. (11, 350 patients September 2021)

Karolinska Comprehensive Cancer Center is a certified center of excellence for cancer care and research and the first in Sweden.

Karolinska continues to create a viable future for staff and patients through a decentralized organization increasing the mandate within the operations, simplified and effective administration and financial control.

About Sheba Medical Center

The largest and most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer is generating global impact through its medical care, research and healthcare transformation. Sheba’s City of Health boasts an acute-care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, research and innovation hubs, medical simulation center and center for disaster response on one comprehensive campus in the center of Israel. A university teaching hospital affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, Sheba is shaping the future of healthcare, educating the next generation of care providers. Sheba serves as a true hospital without borders, welcoming patients and healthcare professionals from all over the world and consistently providing the highest-level medical care to all in need. Sheba has been ranked a top-ten hospital in the world by Newsweek three years in a row (2019, 2020, 2021).