Amnon Shabo (Shvo)

Amnon Shabo (Shvo), PhD, worked at IBM Research Lab in Haifa from 2000 to 2014 as a researcher specializing in health informatics.

His main roles in IBM were:

  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, IBM-Research Medical Informatics Community
  • Head, Healthcare & Life Sciences Standards Program in IBM

His current professional leadership roles are:

Amnon specializes in longitudinal and cross-institutional Electronic Health Records (EHR). A pioneer of the Independent Health Record Banks(IHRBs) vision, Amnon has promoted this idea for more than a decade in various venues including the US Congress where he gave talk at a special briefing to Congressional Policy Stuff (2007) on the new legislation introduced on IHRB. He also initiated a startup company to establish an IHRB prior to joining IBM.

At the IBM Haifa Research Lab, he has been a major contributor to the establishment of the Clinical Genomics (CG) research area in IBM in 2000 and to a number of CG projects, among which the most notable is the FP7 Hypergenes project (http://www.hypergenes.eu/) funded by the European Union, and aimed at exploring the genetic background of essential hypertension through a GWAS study conducted by a consortium of about twenty European partners (Amnon led the contribution of IBM).

Amnon wrote more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed books, journals and conferences, and delivered more than 100 presentations in peer-reviewed conferences and in other venues.

He organized and chaired a number of leadership seminars in IBM Haifa Research with international participation of distinguished speakers. The topics of those seminars were:

  • The New Generation of EHR - Driving Healthcare Transformation (2012)
  • Challenges in Utilizing Family Health History for Better Care (2011)
  • Translational Medicine (IBM Research Medical Informatics Day, 2010)
  • Leadership Seminar on Healthcare and Life Sciences (2007)

Amnon initiated and co-founded a startup company with Hadassah Medical Organization and was part of the first round of technology incubators in Israel (1992).