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GE Healthcare supporting healthcare development

Released at: 10:50, 18/09/2019

GE Healthcare supporting healthcare development

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Healthcare technology provider to apply holistic solutions and emerging technologies in Vietnam.

by Khanh Chi

GE Healthcare continues to look for opportunities to partner with local stakeholders to introduce advanced healthcare technologies and support the rising demand for healthcare services in Vietnam.

These include holistic solutions such as hospital planning and capacity development, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), which could help to expand healthcare access.

GE Healthcare showcased its technologies and solutions at the annual Hospital Management Asia conference last week in Hanoi. GE Healthcare’s offerings are focused on harnessing the power of precision health and digital tools to drive personalized and integrated healthcare.

It has successfully developed AI solutions at multiple levels, offering healthcare systems and comprehensive and personalized services that could help improve efficiency and patient outcomes. Machines with built-in AI capability would automate the imaging process and increase precision while saving time at the individual level.

At the department level, GE Healthcare uses AI to streamline workflows in an entire radiology department. This results in less waiting time, higher productivity, and rising revenue. At the highest levels of the hospital, AI is used in predictive analytics to better manage patient flows through the hospital and help improve efficiency within the available infrastructure.

Some of the notable built-in AI solutions introduced by GE Healthcare include an automated workflow tool in an MR scanner to help reduce redundant, manual steps; a tool in an ultrasound system that automates the process of measuring the fetal brain by aligning the system automatically; and a deep learning image reconstruction tool that helps improve reading confidence in a wide range of clinical applications such as head, whole body and cardiovascular, for patients of all ages.

“Technology alone is not sufficient to provide sustainable improvement to healthcare delivery in Vietnam and other emerging markets,” said Mr. Son Pham, Vietnam Country Leader for GE Healthcare. “This requires investment in training and education of the local workforce to successfully operate and service devices and build capacity at the front line of healthcare.”

Vietnam continues to be an important market with partnership opportunities to drive long-term impacts in the health sector. Technology and training are considered to be key to healthcare access, and new digital tools such as AI can help drive personalized and integrated healthcare.

“Healthcare as a whole is moving towards an approach to care that is integrated, efficient and personalized to each patient,” said Dr. Mathias Goyen, Chief Medical Officer for GE Healthcare Europe. “Our goal is to deliver increased capacity, improved productivity, and better patient outcomes for our customers. We can partner with suitable local providers on solutions that integrate medical technology, consulting services, clinical education care pathway expertise, infrastructure support and financing.”

Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia. Income growth and changing demographic characteristics have contributed to a rapid reduction in infectious diseases but at the same time made Vietnamese more prone to chronic, noncommunicable diseases. This notable shift in health problems requires comprehensive adaptation in the healthcare system, from the training of doctors to the upgrading of hospital facilities, to be capable of handling the specialized treatment of chronic disease.

To complement the technologies it is bringing into Vietnam, GE Healthcare has led Continuous Education and Training courses for radiologists, radiographers, sonographers, and other clinical practitioners to support Vietnam’s local workforce in successfully operating and to keep up to date with the latest in medical innovations.

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