Innovations at CMEF to Meet China’s Healthcare Needs
“China is in the midst of a ‘new normal,’” said Rachel Duan, GE Senior Vice President and CEO of GE in Greater China.
This May 15th to 26th in Shanghai, at the 73rd China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF), GE Healthcare will be sharing innovations in healthcare technology that will answer China’s rapidly changing healthcare needs.
“There is a push to accelerate innovation-driven growth,” added Duan. “What we do in China is aligned with the government’s priorities. Technological revolution is critical to advancing healthcare all over China. With an ageing population and ageing healthcare infrastructure, we need to figure out how China will continue to grow.”
GE Healthcare’s announcement reflects a longstanding commitment to improving healthcare quality and access for China’s 1.36 billion people. By continuing to invest in healthcare technology, services and people, and by partnering with hospitals and government officials alike, China’s healthcare sector will grow hand-in-hand with its people.
As in many parts of the world, with more industrialization, urbanization and an ageing population comes a rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are diseases like cancer and heart disease, and they put considerable strain on healthcare infrastructures.
This year’s CMEF is looking at ways to change that. Several systems will be unveiled that were built with today’s most pressing healthcare issues in mind.
The latest innovations in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) mammography and ultrasound will be showcased throughout the fair, offering a new standard of care for patients.
To make accurate diagnoses and help ensure the right decisions are made, CT scans are used by clinicians to take a look into the body and make an assessment of each patient’s condition. With a convergence of whole organ coverage, image quality, and speed found in GE Healthcare’s Revolution CT scanner, physicians are now able to diagnose even the most challenging patients. This innovative technology can help enable clinicians to diagnose more patients with erratic or high heart beats and also provide pediatric patients with sedation free and low-dose scanning capabilities, among other clinical advances.
MR is very commonly used to look inside the body and investigate potential tumors and cancerous lesions, and the Silent Scan line of MR scanners addresses one of the biggest patient concerns when inside an MRI: noise.
To help make patients feel as comfortable as possible during a scan, GE decided to change the way they hear MR forever. The result is Silent Scan, a revolutionary neuro acquisition technique that makes the sound of an MR scan as silent as a whisper. And better still, GE have accomplished this while still providing the excellent image quality clinicians need to make a confident diagnosis.
Another NCD on the rise in China is breast cancer. So much so that it is now thought to be the biggest killer of women in the country. To help address this issue are a range of mammography solutions that will ease the diagnosis of breast cancer in China, like the Senographe Crystal mammography solution.
With new eContrast imaging, the Senographe Crystal Digital X-ray Mammography improves visibility and enhances image clarity with lower radiation dosage for various density of breasts. In addition, the Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS) offers higher quality images and easier operation, especially for dense breasts, which are a little known factor in breast cancer risk.
New Foundations for Healthcare Infrastructure
However much medical systems are improved, there remains one key aspect of Chinese healthcare that needs updating to be capable of serving every patient’s needs: infrastructure.
With a growing Chinese middle class and a rapidly ageing population, private healthcare is playing an ever more important role. On May 16th, the 2015 Private Healthcare Development Summit jointly organized by GE Healthcare and Caixin Media will address the issue and explore new models of innovation in capital, management, talent and technical offerings for the private sector with industrial partners.
This will help ensure all of China’s people have access to high standards of care provided by both public and private medical institutes, wherever they are in the country.
Alongside CMEF, GE will be hosting Innovation Week in Shanghai, where a Smart Service Innovation Forum will serve as a place to exchange ideas and share expertise on the Industrial Internet, and how the power of Big Data can be harnessed for patients. This responds to a need for China’s healthcare infrastructure to be brought up to speed if it is to cope with the changing healthcare landscape of the country.
“After using GE’s smart service, we have seen hospital equipment downtime being greatly reduced while efficiency has notably increased. Without adding any new devices we were able to increase the number of CT and MR performed in our hospital by 20% and 23% respectively,” said Hu Daoyu, Director of Radiology and Wuhan Tongji Hospital.
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