May 17, 2020

Deaths caused by malaria fall by a fifth in 10 years

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Malaria deaths have fallen dramatically
The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership has predicted that by 2015 any deaths caused by malaria will be virtually non-existent after falling a fifth ar...

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership has predicted that by 2015 any deaths caused by malaria will be virtually non-existent after falling a fifth around the world in one decade.

According to a report issued by RBM, the number of malaria-related deaths now stands at 781,000 compared to 984,000 in 2000.

The reported also noted impressively decreasing rates of malaria mortality in Africa – 11 countries in the continent have seen deaths fall by 50 percent.

Overall, malaria-related deaths have fallen by 38 percent within the last 10 years on a global scale, a reverse of the trends of the previous decade.

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RBM believes such a dramatic reduction in malaria deaths is a reflection of the huge influx of funds that have been donated to fighting the disease; funding has increased 15 times since 2003 and now totals approximately $148 million a year.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), who helped to set up RBM, claimed if financial investments into the cause are increased, it will be possible to totally eradicate the malaria illness.

Although RBM plans to reduce global cases of malaria by 75 percent and rid 10 countries of the mosquito-borne virus by 2015, experts believe it could take up to 50 years to eliminate malaria completely.

The Executive Director of RBM, Awa Coll-Seck, said: “We are light years away from where we were 10 years ago.”

In a statement released by the WHO, the Director of its Global Malaria Programme, Robert Newman, commented: “The results of the past decade exceed what anyone could have predicted and prove that malaria control is working.

He added: “Many of these achievements have occurred in the last five years, which tells us that we are becoming increasingly effective in our ability to tackle this disease.”

Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, said: “Only rarely have we seen a public health initiative provide so much return on investment.

“Thanks to the efforts of the Roll Back Malaria Partners over the past decade, we have a foundation that allows affected countries and communities to reach even greater results in the years to come.”

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

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We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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