Former Israeli Talpiot Program member Elad Walach and his company Aidoc are doing tremendous things in medical research.
I am deeply passionate about Aidoc’s work and had the great pleasure of an interview with Mr. Walach. Having had missed anomalies and misdiagnosed brain injuries, Aidoc’s technology could have significantly identified and helped in my recovery process.
All citizens are required to serve their country in Israel in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for a minimum of two years after graduating high school. You can also apply to the Talpiot Program. It’s exceptionally competitive: Thousands apply each year but only some 20-50 are selected to join the program. Elad was one of those chosen after a very long selection process. The commitment is for 10 years.
After serving in the Talpiot Program, the Co-Founder and CEO of Aidoc, Elad Walach, started a radiology AI startup focused on using deep learning to relieve the bottleneck in medical image diagnosis. Mr. Walach is an expert in AI with visionary business insights in the healthcare space.
Since establishing Aidoc in early 2016, Mr. Walach has led the company through three rounds of financing (raising a total of $60 million) and drove the commercial availability of seven product lines (among them a method of detecting brain hemorrhages, C-Spine fractures, and Pulmonary Embolism). He also grew the company to more than 120 workers. Now Aidoc has created an install base of over 400 medical centers worldwide
“I began my career in the elite Israeli Defense Force technology program Talpiot. I then led the AI research in the Israeli Air Force, where I initiated and led several teams focused on machine learning and computer vision projects. I hold a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and have published multiple academic papers on deep learning,” Elad Walach said.
Aidoc is the leading provider of artificial intelligence solutions that support and enhance radiologist diagnostic power’s impact – helping them expedite patient treatment and improve quality of care.
In his words, they innovate to serve real physician needs and create a measured impact on the imaging workflow. Mr. Walach believes that technology should serve medicine by empowering physicians and helping them be more effective and efficient.
This helps to reduce turnaround time and increases quality and efficiency by flagging acute anomalies in real-time. Radiologists benefit from state-of-the-art deep learning technology that is “Always-On,” i.e. running behind the scenes and freeing them to focus on the diagnosis itself. Aidoc’s offering is one of the most comprehensive in the field, enabling diagnostic aid to a broad set of pathologies.
This AI would help radiologists and significantly reduce or defeat any errors from radiologists in layman’s terms.
In a typical emergency room, one radiologist may be sifting through mounds of medical images and clinical data, seeking to diagnose hundreds of patients. Aidoc’s algorithms and software can streamline the radiologist’s caseload and ease an otherwise deadly bottleneck for treating people. They can also help ration healthcare more effectively, flagging more urgent cases.
In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Walach has been included in Forbes’s 30 Under 30 Europe Science and Healthcare category.