May 17, 2020

How Abu Dhabi-based VPS Healthcare is becoming a global oncology hub

Abu Dhabi
cancer treatment
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VPS Healthcare's new cancer center is part of a new medical site planned for Mohammed Bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi.
After VPS Healthcare recently announced its plans to recruit nearly 5,000 new staff members to increase its new hospitals and medical centers, the Abu D...

After VPS Healthcare recently announced its plans to recruit nearly 5,000 new staff members to increase its new hospitals and medical centers, the Abu Dhabi-based company has also agreed to build a new cancer hospital using the latest proton beam technology.

The new cancer center is part of a new medical site planned for Mohammed Bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi. In addition, VPS will begin a new partnership with U.S.-based University of Pennsylvania Health System based around improving standards in patient care as well as educational opportunities.

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The deal with Penn Medicine will provide knowledge on creating new systems, while contributing physicians and nurses to train VPS Healthcare’s staff. It will also assist VPS in developing its own oncology, along with creating a format for its nursing staff to earn accreditation under the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet program.

“Oncology is one space where we were very interested to collaborate,” said VPS Healthcare founder and managing director, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil. “They have already started looking at our systems and trying to make sure we provide the entire service spectrum in our new project in Mohammed Bin Zayed City. That’s going to be our flagship hospital and we expect to have the latest technology in Cancer, including a proton beam, which is only available in a few centers around the world.”

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VPS Healthcare is a group of 14 hospitals in the Middle East, Europe, UK and India, and employs about 7,500 people. Although the company intends to recruit new talent from across the globe, VPS plans on focusing on developing local talent.

Earlier this year, the company became one of nine that promised to train 1,000 young Arabs as part of a World Economic Forum Initiative aimed at creating an increased number of youth employment opportunities in the Middle East.

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In addition, VPS took part in last weekend’s three-day Arab Health Recruitment and Training Fair at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, while it is also getting set to take part in the Acute and General Medicine Conference next month in London.

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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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