Assuta Medical Centers

Assuta Medical Centers

Assuta is Israel’s largest and leading private medical services center, comprising eleven clinics and hospitals across Israel and providing innovative surgeries and diagnostic procedures in all fields of medicine, including cardiology, oncology, gynecology, urology and more.

Assuta Hospital in Tel-Aviv was established in 1934, and over the past 70 years has become renowned as the most advanced hospital in the Middle East. The hospital network is completely computerised with integrated administrative and clinical ICT systems.

Assuta’s most recent innovation is the construction of a public hospital (a PPP project) in Ashdod, the fifth largest city in Israel.

The unique mission of this hospital is to create a fully integrated care system that links the hospital staff, community health care providers, social services, community support services, the patient and the patient’s family by reengineering the care process supported by sophisticated information and communication technologies.

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Role in the project

Assuta is an active participant in all aspects of CONNECARE and is the Work Package leader for WP6 -the work package that guides the implementation of the CONNECARE Integrated Care Model and Digital Platform in the pilot sites. The ASSUTA Ashdod public hospital is one of the four sites in which CONNECARE is being implemented, in close collaboration with Maccabi Healthcare Services primary and secondary care services in the community in the city of Ashdod.

The Assuta Team

Dr. Bella Azaria, M.D, M.Sc is the Chief Medical Director of Assuta Medical Centers network. Dr. Azaria is the lead investigator from Assuta in the CONNECARE project. Prior to her position in Assuta, Dr. Azaria was the head of the medical preparedness and response branches for Hospitals and the Community of the Home Front Command in the Israeli Defence Forces (2007-2012) and commander of the Aviation Medical Unit, in the Israeli Air Force (2004-2007).


Dr. Rachelle Kaye, PhD is the International Projects Coordinator for Assuta Medical Centers, as well as a member of the core team for implementing digitally enabled integrated care in Assuta Ashdod. Dr. Kaye is the Assuta manager of the CONNECAREproject. Dr. Kaye was the Deputy Director of the Medical Department (1984-2003) of Maccabi Healthcare Sservices, Israel’s second largest HMO covering over 2 million people, and was the Medical Department Leader and counterpart to the IT department for the development and implementation of IT systems. Dr Kaye established The Maccabi Institute for Health Services Research in 2004 and was the Director of the Institute until 2013. The Institute was an active participant In European Framework Projects (FP7 and AAL) such as KSERA, HELP, REMPARK, USEFIL all of which involved remote monitoring and coaching of elderly people in their homes. Dr. Kaye is a member of the Board of Directors of EHTEL (the European Health Telematics Association).

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Reut Ron, M.Sc is a researcher in the Assuta Health Services Research Institute and the research assistant in the CONNECARE Project. Reut holds a degree in Epidemiology from Tel Aviv University, and she has experience in promoting, designing and conducting research.


Dr. Efrat Danino, PhD is the director of professional development and research, at the nursing management of Assuta Ashdod public hospital. Dr. Danino is the professional and administrative manager of the hospital’s Case Manager new team, which consists of five nurses who perform CM functions in various departments of the hospital. As part of this role, Dr. Danino constructed the team’s operating plan and CM’s job definitions at Assuta Ashdod and participated in the establishment of the integration model and system with the various HMO’s. Prior to her position in Assuta, Dr. Danino was a coordinator of courses and the responsible nurse in the Department of Pediatric, School of Nursing and Public Health at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital (1995-2017) and a nurse team leader at the Children’s Department at Shaare Zedek Hospital (1993-1995).


Dr. Erela Rotlevi, M.D is the Medical director of Maccabi’s Integration unit, which is responsible for the continuity of care for complex patients released from the hospital back to the community. As part of this role, Dr. Rotlevi participated in the establishment of the integration model and system between Assuta Ashdod hospital and Maccabi. Prior to her position in the Integration unit, Dr. Rotlevi was the Medical director of Gedera and Mazkeret Batya region (2013-2016) and coordinator of instruction and teaching in Maccabi’s Department of Family Medicine (2014-2017). During her entire career, she continues to function as a family physician in the community, treating diverse population from children to elderly patients (2007-present).