A Decade on the Ground in Algeria: GE Healthcare Sees 570% Growth
The number of GE Healthcare medical devices in Algeria has grown 570% over the past decade to more than 4,000, but today, equipment is only part of the solution to improving patient care and addressing operational and financial challenges.
That’s why, as GE Healthcare celebrated a decade since it became the first medical devices company to establish direct operations in Algeria, the company was discussing the power of digital to integrate solutions for better operations, and the importance of localization and long-term partnership.
“Since the installation of the first CT at CHU Constantine in 1982 to the launch of the Advanced Applications Training Center in 2013, GE has been dedicated to advancing Algeria’s healthcare sector, working with local partners devoted to delivering quality healthcare to all citizens,” said visiting GE Chairman & CEO John Flannery.
“As the sector grows, so does the technology supporting it – the advent of digital technology and analytics will have a profound impact on healthcare in years to come. We are honored to celebrate GE Healthcare’s journey in Algeria,” he added.
Customers and partners from Algeria’s public and private sector and GE Healthcare discussed areas of healthcare delivery and key health priorities during the 10th anniversary celebrations. Discussion explored ways to leverage the power of digital to integrate solutions to help overcome operational and financial challenges faced by hospitals and clinics across the country.
Today, GE Healthcare has a workforce of more than 160 employees across three regional offices in Algiers, Oran and Constantine. Its operations serve as a hub for North Africa. Nearly 50% of them are skilled service professionals working to keep equipment in top condition.
A long-term strategic agreement between GE and the Ministry of Health & Hospital Reform aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable healthcare in Algeria was announced in 2014, representing a first-of-its-kind agreement supporting the modernization of the healthcare sector.
To support the Government of Algeria’s cancer plan 2015-2019 aimed at tackling the rising incidence of the disease, GE Healthcare partnered with premier private healthcare provider Chahids Mahmoudi Hospital in 2015, introducing the first PET/CT and fully-operational Cyclotron which localized radiopharmaceutical capabilities in Algeria for the first time.
The PET/CT scanner in Algeria is the first of its kind for GE in Africa. So too is GE’s Discovery IGS 730, which is installed in the cardiology department of the Frantz Fanon University Health Center in Blida.
One of the most recent developments includes the introduction of GE Healthcare IT software solutions in Algeria. These digital solutions are designed to improve the quality of patient care, ensure financial and operating performance, and help healthcare entities manage their patient population.
Read more stories here about GE’s contribution to Algeria’s development in the fields of healthcare, as well in power and water, oil and gas, transportation and aviation.