[Photos] What Happens When Israeli Innovation Meets a Desire to Save Lives?

April 20, 2018

4 min read

The Talmud tells us that he who saves a life saves an entire world.

United Hatzalah, Israel’s volunteer medic organization, is in the business of saving many, many worlds.

The Israeli organization provides the quickest emergency medical first response throughout Israel. Using innovation and technology, their highly trained all-volunteer team of medics have reduced response times to three minutes or less, from the very north to the very south of Israel.

Here’s how they do it:

United Hatzalah’s dispatch call center combines phone calls, medic app alerts, and video from those in need or those on-scene to provide immediate response with trained medics and equipment. Volunteers are on call 24/7, 365 days a year, who react instantly from their homes and workplaces, by foot, motorcycle, car, ATV, e-bike, water rescue ambuboat, and even tractor.

United Hatzalah volunteers at the dispatch center
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

United Hatzalah’s dispatch center integrates the latest GPS tracking technology with proprietary interactive dispatch software to allow dispaters the optimal level of resources that are available for any given incident.

CEO Eli Beer models the technology
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

The intuitive interactivity of the system allows the first responder to provide central dispatch with invaluable accurate on-scene incident data rapidly.

An interactive map showing all active volunteers
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

With a fleet of 5,000 volunteers around the country, they are able to reach incidences that occur minutes from their location, arriving in the precious first minutes of an emergency and offering medical treatment before ambulances arrive.

A 90-second timer at United Hatzalah’s Headquarters.
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

The average response time is three minutes in Israel’s smaller cities, but just 90 seconds in larger cities. Their innovation raises rates of survival and facilitates optimal recovery.

A United Hatzalah volunteer with a phone for each neighborhood in Jerusalem
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

United Hatzalah’s ambucycle unit is designed to bring speed and efficiency to save more lives, more efficiently.

A model ambucycle
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

United Hatzalah volunteers respond to over 1,000 emergency calls per day in Israel.

Volunteers at the call center
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

Their medical equipment center houses critical equipment, with a computerized inventory system that establishes proper maintenance and supervision protocols so that the volunteers will have all the necessary tools at their fingertips required for rapid response.

Medical Equipment at United Hatzalah’s Logistics Center
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

Volunteers are trained at United Hatzalah’s training and simulation center, with state-of-the-art simulations to better prepare for emergencies.

Terror attack simulation
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

Volunteers participate in regular training to reduce the risk of injury associated with the extensive physical exertion of volunteers.

Life saving supplies
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

The volunteers also enjoy support groups, events, organized activities, and a hub to rest and refresh.

United Hatzalah temperature-controlled IT hub
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

United Hatzalah exports their technology and is now in 20 other countries, outside of Israel.

Life saving kits for doctors and EMTs
(Photo credit: Eliana Rudee)

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