A Long-Term Solution to Saudi’s Long-Term Care Requirements
Beds in intensive care units (ICU) are some of the most specialized (and costly) in any hospital. So, it’s important that only those patients requiring that level of care are staying there. Sometimes, however, patients needing long-term specialized care have no other option. GE is supporting Anfas Medical Care (AMC) to deliver a new care model that will balance clinical quality with significant cost savings and efficiency across their system.
When it opens in Riyadh next year, the 120-bed AMC facility will provide long-term care and rehabilitation for patients with chronic pulmonary illnesses in a fully-dedicated, specialized environment. This new paradigm for chronic care will support Saudi Vision 2030’s goal to realize an efficient, high quality healthcare system in Saudi Arabia.
GE Healthcare in Saudi Arabia is supporting AMC to develop and deliver this long-term care hospital through a first-of-a-kind ‘Managed Equipment Services’ (MES) framework that combines GE’s technology, advisory solutions, equipment servicing and management.
Building on this framework, the partnership expands into GE Healthcare Partners capabilities to help AMC implement the latest clinical workflows and operational processes so that the hospital can serve more patients, achieve higher levels of quality care and reduce length of stay. The MES framework will also help improve the hospital’s procurement planning, asset management and financing predictability.
The partnership is the culmination of a significant investment by GE Healthcare Partners, the management consulting arm of GE Healthcare. GE Healthcare Partners have built capabilities to advise and execute services that connect GE’s products to clients like AMC to improve quality, reduce cost, and increase access.
The new pulmonary care hospital helps address research that shows the average length of stay in the ICU for patients at some of the largest private and government hospitals in Riyadh was 23 days. That’s significantly higher than what’s found in other countries. It is through specialized long-term medical care facilities like this pulmonary care hospital, that other countries have been able to lower the length of ICU stays.
“Through this agreement, GE and Anfas are introducing a new model of healthcare delivery for Saudi Arabia—one that drives the quality and efficiency of healthcare services, and delivers positive patient outcomes. This new paradigm is directly aligned with Saudi Vision 2030 and supports the Ministry’s focus on nurturing a buoyant private healthcare sector,” said Jalil Juha, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Saudi Arabia.
Healthcare services in the Saudi Arabia are witnessing significant change, led by Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan, alongside the Ministry of Health’s National Healthcare Project and National e-Health Strategy. These changes seek to address increasing healthcare costs, a growing population and the rise in incidence of lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases.
The pulmonary care hospital is expected to be operational in 2018, in collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospitals.
The partnership follows the recent formation of a new consortium led by AMC to develop a new Healthcare Village in Jeddah, set to include a rehabilitation, neurology and sports injury center, and long-term pediatric hospital. GE has been selected as the consortium’s key technology and solutions partner.