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Eli Beer

Eli Beer is the Founder of United Hatzalah of Israel and President of Friends of United Hatzalah, Israel's largest all-volunteer emergency medical response organization. Eli began to work at his family's book and real estate businesses at the age of 13 and began to volunteer on ambulances at the age of 15, twice a week. At the age of 17 he realized that a more flexible system has to be established to improve response time in case of emergencies. United Hatzalah has grown impressively since its establishment and now has over 4500 EMT's, paramedics and doctors volunteering within its framework. Eli has been awarded numerous prizes and acknowledgments across the globe for innovative and lifesaving work.

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Middle East & North Africa

United Hatzalah of Israel

United Hatzalah activates thousands of highly trained volunteers who carry their advanced GPS LifeCompass communication and emergency medical equipment, 24 hours a day. Volunteers, who undergo rigorous and continuous education courses, are certified as emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics or doctors. Within seconds from dispatch, the closest volunteers are located and are on their way, filling the gap between an emergency and the arrival of an ambulance.

To expedite emergency response, the organization created the LifeCompass 2.0 Command Centre to dispatch services and developed proprietary software integrating the latest GPS tracking technology. The system uses an algorithm to locate and alert the closest qualified medical volunteers. Its ambucycles minimize travel time through traffic. This combination of three factors dramatically reduces response time.

In Israel, United Hatzalah medics have responded to calls affecting over 1 million Israelis. The dispatch centre receives on average 1,000 calls per day across Israel. About 25% of calls are considered life-threatening. United Hatzalah is set to increase its forces to 6,000 volunteers, providing countrywide coverage with an optimal response time of 90 seconds (current time is 3 minutes). United Hatzalah also establishes, trains and guides Hatzalah organizations for worldwide deployment of its transformative technology model. With almost 5,000 volunteers – bringing together Christians, Druze, Jews and Arabs – United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer emergency medical service organization providing the fastest and free emergency medical first response throughout Israel. United Hatzalah's service is available to all people regardless of race, religion or national origin. Its volunteers are available around the clock – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

With the help of its unique GPS technology and its iconic ambucycles, the average response time is less than 3 minutes across the country and 90 seconds in metropolitan areas. Its mission is to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies as soon as possible and provide the patient with professional and appropriate medical aid until an ambulance arrives, resulting in many more lives saved.


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