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In these complex situations, patients need a guiding hand. They need a medical expert to lean on – a trusted professional to take responsibility along with them, to manage the case, direct them and help them understand and reach a decision.
Consilium was established by a team of Israel’s top doctors with the mission of providing quality medical case management for patients and their families.

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About

Patients and their families who are confronting a serious or prolonged illness are forced to make life-altering decisions – such as which medical evaluations to undergo, choosing the most effective treatment for their condition and selecting their treatment team.

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Prof. Gabriel I. Barbash, MD, MPH

Dr. Gabriel Barbash is a graduate of the Hadassah Medical School of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and is board certified in internal medicine, medical management and occupational medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in public health (MPH), specializing in health policy and management, from the School of Public Health at Harvard University.

Dr Barbash was the Director General of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center from 1993 to 2015. He served as the Director General of the Ministry of Health from 1996 to 1999, and was the chairman of the Israeli National Transplant Center from 1998 to 2000. From 2008 to 2012, he was a Visiting Professor at Columbia University.

Dr. Barbash has published more than 80 original papers, mainly in the fields of diagnosis, risk assessment, and treatment of acute myocardial infarction. Many of his papers were published in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals, among them Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the New England Journal of Medicine.

In September 2015, Dr. Barbash was appointed Director of the Bench to Bedside (BtB) program at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.

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Prof. Shlomo Berliner

Dr. Shlomo Berliner is a graduate of the Sackler School of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University. He is board certified in internal medicine and a professor of internal medicine at the Tel-Aviv Sackler Faculty of Medicine.

He is currently the head of the Department of Internal Medicine "E" at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Dr. Berliner has a Ph.D. in cell biology and is involved in research in several medical specialties, including atherosclerosis, thrombosis and low-grade inflammation.

Dr. Berliner was trained in blood coagulation physiology at the Scrips Clinic in San Diego, California. He has published more than 270 scientific articles in various medical fields, including his main medical interest, atherothromboinflammation.

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Prof. Yaakov Naparstek

Dr. Naparstek is a graduate of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel. He is board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology and clinical immunology and allergy. Dr. Naparstek has been a research fellow and a visiting professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Tuft’s University, Boston, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda and Stanford University, California.

Dr. Naparstek is a Professor of Medicine in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and served as the Chairman of Medicine in the Hadassah University Hospital, as the Director of the Hadassah Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology Center, as well as Hadassah’s Deputy Director for Research and Academic Affairs.

Dr. Naparstek is the incumbent of the Leifferman Chair in Rheumatology. His main research interests are in the field of autoimmunity, SLE, autoimmune arthritis and type 1 diabetes, and on the development of antigen-specific therapeutic modalities and novel drug delivery systems for those diseases.

Dr. Naparstek served as the Chairman of the Board of the Israeli T-Cell Vaccination Center, and was the head and founder of the Israeli SLE Registry. He is currently the Head of the Israeli Cell Therapy and Gene Therapy Committees and a member of many other national and international committees, including the NIH Global Leaders for Precision Medicine, and the International Researchers in Advances in Targeted Therapy.

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Prof. Anat Gafter-Gvili

Dr. Gafter-Gvili graduated with honors from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University. She is board certified in internal medicine and hematology and a professor of internal medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University.

Dr. Gafter-Gvili is the head of Department of Medicine A and a senior physician in hemato-oncology in the Davidoff Cancer Center of Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tikva, Israel. She carries out extensive research activities and has published many original articles and reviews in the medical literature. She had been and continues to be the principal investigator in many clinical trials. Her main research topics are infections in hematologic and oncologic immunocompromised patients, and in patients with lymphoma and anemia, as well as the metabolism of iron.


Specialties

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Managing complex
medical cases

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Telephone-based
medical consultations

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Medical guidance during
hospitalization and ambulatory care

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Medical consultation meeting
and/or medical opinion

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Managing complex medical cases

Patients and their families who face serious and complex illnesses often need to make critical decisions, such as: determining the right tests to undergo, selecting the best treating physician and choosing the most effective treatment.

It is precisely when patients are experiencing stress and anxiety, and at times, life-threatening situations, that they need to deal with the unfamiliar and overwhelming world of medicine, foreign medical terminology and complex medical information. They must make informed decisions, but don’t always have a clear mind to do so.

Patients depend on Consilium

These are the situations in which people turn to Consilium, independent experts who take responsibility, in collaboration with the patient and family, for evaluation and treatment.

Consilium’s physician case manager is the patient’s direct contact to address all matters related to their medical care. Consilium directs the patient in developing and prioritizing the evaluation plan by intelligently integrating all relevant information.

Relying on a broad perspective and in-depth knowledge of the health care system, the Consilium physician helps formulate the diagnostic and treatment strategy most appropriate for the patient’s condition.

Extensive case management services

Physician case management for complex situations covers:

• Analyzing the patient's medical history and current medical case
• A personal appointment, including a physical examination, a detailed explanation of the condition for the patient and family, testing recommendations and suggestions to consult with an external expert – all based on the specific situation
• Direct contact with testing facilities to provide accurate directions and to receive and review results
• Telephone-based support and guidance for the patient and family during the evaluation phase, providing regular updates on test results and answering questions or resolving problems that arise throughout the process
• Evaluating test results
• When necessary, consulting with Consilium’s expert panel to assess the situation; patients participate when appropriate
• Integrating all findings to map out the complete picture and formulating a comprehensive opinion
• Developing the diagnostic and therapeutic strategy
• Summarizing recommendations for follow-on treatment
• When necessary, assisting the patient in choosing the treating organization and initiating the initial contact between the two

When should patients use a physician case manager?

This service is designed primarily for those who are in medical distress or experiencing a health crisis, such as:
• Oncology patients
• Patients whose diagnosis or treatment strategy is not clear
• Patients with ongoing medical problems that go unresolved or worsen

Benefits of the service

With Consilium case management, a skilled, knowledgeable, trusted physician coordinates all necessary patient activities. This helps maximize medical effectiveness and accelerate progress, giving the family the peace of mind and confidence to make informed decisions.

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Telephone-based medical consultations

At times, people question what to do about a worrisome health issue. They debate whether to go to an urgent care center or the emergency room for a health issue? Are you experiencing unfamiliar pain or feeling unsettled? Are you unsure about the medication you need to take? Are you preparing to travel abroad, but are uncertain whether your health is stable enough?

With these questions, it is not always drop everything and run to the doctor. But, if you are subscribed to Consilium’s telephone consultation support service, you can always pick up the phone to consult with a Consilium specialist. With this service, should any medical problem, question or need arise, a senior physician is just a phone call away – to answer questions, make recommendations, provide guidance and give decision-making assistance. This service is available at critical moments and at maximum phone-based .

What the service includes

• A personal introductory meeting so the physician can get to know you and your medical history
• A physical examination
• Regular telephone support service with high physician availability
• Patient referral to medical consultations, treatment and/or testing, as needed
• Service hours between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.; night-time support in very exceptional circumstances

For whom is the service designed?

The service is ideal for people who want or need highly available telephone consultations with a senior-level physician they can trust.

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Medical guidance during hospitalization and ambulatory care

Consilium experts guide hospitalized patients or ambulatory patients who are undergoing lengthy outpatient treatment, supporting important medical needs that may have gone unmet in these therapeutic settings. Often times, hospitalized or ambulatory patients need an external expert opinion. They seek a specialist’s recommendations on the next course of action or subsequent treatment, or they need answers to medical questions or resolution of treatment-related problems. Patients may also consult a Consilium expert to moderate with treatment professionals when complications arise or if they feel that they are not receiving optimal medical attention.

What the service includes

• Analyzing the patient's medical history and current medical case
• Telephone-based support and guidance for the patient and/or family
• If necessary, physician-to-physician consultation with, and clarification from the treatment team
• Consultation among Consilium’s expert panel for a second opinion
• Recommendations on further courses of action and/or complementary treatment
• Clinical explanations and moderation between the patient and family on the patient’s situation, current therapy and recommended treatment

Patients who can benefit from the service

• Hospitalized or ambulatory patients who have not received adequate resolution to their diagnosis and/or treatment issues
• Patients who have deteriorated or are experiencing medical complications

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Medical consultation meeting and/or medical opinion

A consultation meeting for an initial, second or third medical opinion.

What the service includes:

• A personal meeting
• Analysis of the patient's current medical case
• Physical examination
• Medical opinion provided by the Consilium physician

Who can benefit from the service?

• Patients at a crossroads in their decision-making after a complex medical assessment or prior to surgery, treatment or ambulatory care
• People seeking a periodic assessment of their medical condition

Testimonials

As a patient who received your service, I am happy that I chose you and was treated by you! There is no way for me to express how deeply your support and the confidence you inspired affected me! This is not self-evident these days, and is not related to any payment which is insignificant considering the service you deliver.

R.P.

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