As Egypt’s Healthcare Environment Evolves, GE Healthcare Remains a Steady Partner
In Egypt, a new universal health insurance law has recently been approved. International investors are increasingly deploying capital in the country’s healthcare sector, while hospitals and clinics are looking beyond Egypt’s biggest cities for growth. Add to this a rising incidence of chronic diseases and consistently high rates of traffic injuries.
This combination of trends makes today a particularly important time for Egypt’s healthcare sector, something that Amro Kandil well understands. Four months ago, he was appointed General Manager for GE Healthcare in Northeast Africa, responsible for Egypt, Libya and Sudan. But he’s been with GE Healthcare in the region since 2009, after moving to Egypt from the United States, where he worked for GE Power.
Kandil sees GE Healthcare well positioned to help address the country’s challenges and contribute to the positive trends because it can offer a broad and diverse mix of advanced medical technologies, cloud-based equipment monitoring, training, expanded national coverage, and equipment financing.
In looking to Egypt’s healthcare future, he identifies the three trends noted above regarding universal health insurance, foreign capital flows, and expanding health coverage; he also notes three broad challenges facing Egyptian healthcare.
“First is the disease burden in Egypt. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for people in Egypt. Meanwhile, cancer is on the rise. Whether that is a result of earlier detection or better screening, nevertheless, the demand is rising for both diagnostics and treatment.
“As well, Egypt remains one of the countries with the highest fatality rates caused by traffic and road accidents. That translates into the need for both primary care and trauma services.”
Second is the financing support that private-sector customers require to purchase the diagnostic and treatment equipment needed to address Egypt’s healthcare needs.
Third is the need for continuous training of clinical operators running equipment such as MRI, CT, PET/CT and ultrasound equipment. “There is a high turnover in the industry as technicians change jobs or leave Egypt for other markets.”
As a result, hospitals and medical imaging centers find themselves with new clinicians who may not be aware of all the features offered by these advanced machines. “This means they may not always get the best diagnostic image, which could impact patient care, or they may take longer to do a scan, which reduces the efficiency and thus income of the radiology center or the hospital.”
To address this, GE Healthcare is partnering with Cairo University to develop a “training academy” to provide a permanent location for clinician training.
Not only are some hospital groups, clinics and medical imaging centers expanding beyond Egypt’s biggest cities – so too is GE Healthcare. The company is positioning more sales people and high-skilled engineers in different cities around the country beyond just Cairo. “We are offering Egyptian talent the opportunity to work for a multinational outside of Cairo.”
When it comes to Digital, GE Healthcare also is helping customers by investing in cloud-based industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies such as smart remote monitoring devices for radiology devices.
“With our online monitoring center, our smart devices offer early warnings before problems happen. We’re able to dispatch a team and spare parts proactively. This maximizes uptime of our equipment which minimizes both the disruption to the planning of our customers and interruptions to their patient flow”
GE Healthcare has been a part of Egypt’s healthcare community for decades and is today taking a range of steps to contribute further. “We are here for the long term, serving as a partner of choice for government and private sector customers.”
Read more stories here about how GE supports the healthcare sector in Egypt and across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan region.