GE Healthcare partners with Tatweer Medical Co
It has recently been reported that GE Healthcare is set to collaborate with Tatweer Medical Co. The duo will work together to develop a new Diagnostic Radiology Centre based in Riyadh, with the aim to complete in 2020.
The demand for exceptional patient treatment has extended to the country’s focus on developing a number of specialised areas of care, such as diabetes and cancer therapies, fully in line with its Saudi 2030 vision. This has led significant investment in attracting and growing talent, in new digital tools to transform the sector and enhance improve present services.
The new facility will become part of the largest private medical campuses in the region, and become part of the Medical Village Project.
The project will encompass over 30 medical centres, catered towards various specialties, as well as over 900 beds and specialised areas for medical treatment. The diagnostic centre will support all areas of the campus to ensure it becomes a centre of excellence throughout the region.
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“The agreement between Tatweer Medical and GE Healthcare underlines the positive investment environment of Saudi Arabia,” explained Dr. Rafat Taher, Managing Director of Healthcare & Life Science at SAGIA.
“Healthcare is one of the core economic sectors that offers promising opportunities for public private partnerships, and Medical Village sets a model in this regard, bringing not only inward investment but also the advanced technologies and know-how that will enhance the standards of healthcare delivery.”
Adnan Abdullah Al-Olayan, CEO of Medical Village, said: “The Medical Village project is a visionary development that complements the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020. As a sophisticated healthcare hub, Medical Village will bring together experienced clinicians and professionals to deliver high quality care for the community.”
“Through our partnership with GE Healthcare, we are creating a diagnostics hub for the entire region that will ensure better and timely diagnosis, which is of critical importance in delivering efficient healthcare.”
A new app is providing vital palliative care in Ethiopia
A new mobile phone app has been developed to support patients needing end of life care in Ethiopia.
The Ayzot app has been created in collaboration between the UK's University Surrey, the University of Strathclyde, Hospice Ethiopia, the Federal Ministry of Health and Hello Doctor Ethiopia, an Ethiopian-based software company.
The app is named after a common Ethiopian expression roughly translated to mean "to soothe a sick person". The app is aimed at supporting patients with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, by helping them manage pain along with other symptoms.
A self-assessment management system leads the patient or carer through a common set of symptoms such as pain, nausea, drowsiness, breathlessness, tiredness, and loss of appetite.
Successful symptom management
Both patients and carers are encouraged to use the Ayzot app to assess the severity of each symptom using a combination of measures, including a pain assessment scale. The app contains both pharmacological and non-pharmacological medication information, and where appropriate it directs the user to get help and further information on things like wound care, spiritual care and diet.
During beta user-testing, carers reported positive changes in how they treated their loved one’s wounds because of the advice found on the app. Healthcare professionals commented on the app's potential to support them in delivering targeted care with limited resources. The patients testing the app reported that it helped them feel more reassured and supported with their pain management and symptom control.
Accessing palliative care
The majority of Ethiopia's 114 million people live in rural locations where access to palliative care is difficult, and there is only one hospice in the entire country. The pandemic has made accessing care even more difficult. "During the COVID-19 pandemic, access to essential palliative care in Ethiopia has been reduced" Dr Nicola Carey, from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey said.
"I believe the app will help prevent disease and treat patients. We hope that Ayzot will be embedded into the national palliative care clinical provision to support healthcare professionals and provide enhanced palliative coverage in Ethiopia.”
The team behind Ayzot are now planning to test the app in other African countries.