Ibex Medical Analytics and the Kahn-Sagol-Maccabi (KSM) Research and Innovation Institute at Maccabi Healthcare Services Roll Out the First-ever AI-powered Diagnostic System for Detecting Breast Cancer in Pathology

4 December 2019

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ibex Medical Analytics, the pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI)-powered cancer diagnostics, and the KSM Research and Innovation Institute at Maccabi Healthcare Services, announce the deployment of the Ibex Second Read System for breast at Maccabi's pathology institute, the largest pathology lab in Israel.

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Ibex Second Read is the first-ever system that detects and grades cancer in breast biopsies. The system uses an artificial intelligence (AI) powered algorithm to analyze cases in parallel to pathologists and compares between the pathologists' diagnoses and the algorithm's findings, subsequently alerting in case of discrepancies with high clinical importance (e.g. a missed cancer). Now used in routine clinical practice, this clinical-grade product enhances the quality control process in the lab and provides a safety net, resulting in decreased diagnostic error rates and a more efficient workflow.

The algorithm used by the Second Read system was developed by Ibex using advanced machine learning techniques and trained on data sets from Maccabi's pathology institute. The institute was the first pathology lab in the world to implement an AI powered cancer diagnostic system in its routine practice - the Ibex Second Read system for prostate – which is now deployed in pathology labs worldwide with demonstrated success in detecting missed cancer cases.     

"We are proud to roll out a first of a kind product that improves the diagnosis of breast cancer - the most common cancer in women with over 2 million new cases globally each year. The Second Read for breast is a landmark achievement for our team of pathologists, computer scientists and AI specialists and for our partnership with Maccabi Healthcare Services, enabling us to extend the reach of our product suite. The future looks brighter than ever for Ibex, with a growing interest from pathology labs in our products and new tissue types we expect to introduce during 2020" said Joseph Mossel, Ibex Medical Analytics' Co-Founder and CEO.

"We are excited to use the Second Read system for breast cancer detection in our routine practice following a successful research and partnership with Ibex, led by the KSM Research and Innovation Institute. At Maccabi Healthcare Services we are constantly looking for new technologies that can make a real impact on patient care. We believe that adding a security layer to our pathology reporting will improve accuracy levels of our cancer diagnosis, as already proven by the Second Read's prostate module that we have been using in the past 18 months," said Prof. Varda Shalev, Managing Director of the Kahn-Sagol-Maccabi Research and Innovation Institute at Maccabi Healthcare Services.    

About Ibex Medical Analytics

Ibex provides the first-ever AI-powered cancer diagnostics solution in routine clinical use in pathology labs, supporting pathologists in delivering accurate, rapid and objective diagnosis of prostate and breast biopsies. Ibex' product is deployed across the laboratory's workflow and builds on deep learning algorithms developed by a team of pathologists, data scientists and software engineers. The company has raised $14 million from prominent VC funds and corporate investors. For more information visit us at www.ibex-ai.com.

About Maccabi Healthcare Services

Maccabi Healthcare Services is one of the world's largest healthcare providers with 2.5 million members. Maccabi has long been recognized, both in Israel and abroad, as a unique and innovative health care system which leads the way in cutting edge medical technology, comprehensive and integrated computerized information systems, cost–effective management and sophisticated monitoring and evaluation tools.

The Kahn-Sagol-Maccabi Research and Innovation Institute's vision is to accelerate precision medicine and lead in big data analytics. We aim to increase the amount and quality of medical research being performed at any given moment in Israel and worldwide and partner with the most advanced AI companies to develop innovative, predictive and personalized tools in service of the new era of medicine. 

Ibex Medical Analytics media contact:

Tal Frieman

Director of Business Development and Marketing


Maccabi Healthcare Services media contact:

Ido Hadari

Director of Communications & Government Affairs



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