When in hospital, we are in the hands of doctors and nurses. But the hands that heal need to be as clean as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proper hand washing is the easiest and most effective way to prevent hospital-acquired infections, which cause nearly 100,000 deaths each year and cost billions. GE Reports reported on a brilliant solution to help medical staff track handwashing at healthcare institutions.
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Parents whose children suffer from type 1 diabetes are facing a particularly tough task. Raising the offspring is a challenge in its own right, but they must also help the kids to get along with the disease. This is why it is key to develop solutions that would help educate children and shape their disease-related routines from early on. According to the World Health Organisation, 347 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide, 10% of those is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which tends to develop in the early stages of life. 490 000 children in the world suffer from diabetes. This effects not only their lives, but also their families’. Who can come up with a technology solution that would have an impact on more than a million lives globally? Young innovators from CEE surely can.
Guest post by David Boyd, GE Healthcare Europe’s Director of Government and Public Policy
Some 18 months ago, as European governments and healthcare providers were coming to terms with the realities of the financial crisis, The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry (COCIR), the trade association for Europe’s diagnostics and healthcare IT sectors, was suggesting that investing in innovative technologies to improve healthcare systems would be a wise use of the limited finances available in countries. Primarily, COCIR was thinking of public financing – through government procurement or through the use of EU Structural Funds in eligible countries such as those in Central and South Eastern Europe, to expand healthcare infrastructure.
Yesterday two simultaneous high level stakeholder roundtables discussed the need of a collaborative approach to innovation. The events took place at the Warsaw City Hall and in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest which are about 600 km far from each other, but the distance did not show in the content of the debates as the results of GE Innovation Barometer connected them. Both sessions were open for media.
Guest post by Alan Davies, Medical Director, GE Healthcare
NCDs or non-communicable musculoskeletal disease account for two out of three deaths globally, and in Europe, NCDs kill more people each year than all other causes combined. NCDs typically are of long duration, slow progression, and are usually non-infectious. They include diabetes, musculoskeletal diseases, many cancers, chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and neuropsychiatric conditions like dementia.
Guest post by Honza Kubena, GEHC Country Manager for Czech Republic
The Proton Therapy Center in Prague, the first of its kind in CEE, is preparing to treat its first oncology patients. The Czech center will be able to treat up to 2500 patients a year in its five treatment rooms and has been equipped with state of the art diagnostic, planning and therapy equipment including GE Healthcare CT, MRI and a PET/CT scanners as well as US.
Guest post by Tamás Vámos, Regional General Manager for Services, GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare recently opened its first technical product training center in Europe. The Europe Training Center (ETC), based in Budaörs, Hungary, is only the second of its kind in the world. The ETC will offer field service professionals the unique opportunity to attend technical product training for GE Healthcare’s X-Ray, Surgery, Mammo, CT and Vascular products.
Since 2002, every woman in the Czech Republic over 45 is entitled to one free mammography examination per year, based on a recommendation from a GP or a gynaecologist. In the last year, 538 500 Czech women underwent screening. As a result of the screening programme, 10 000 lives have been saved in 10 years - according to the Association of Czech Breast Radiologists (AMA).
For the 11th consecutive year hundreds of people from many walks of life, including celebrities, politicians, government officials, representatives of civil organizations, journalists and many GE employees braved the cold weather on 28 October at the majestic Chain Bridge in Budapest to raise awareness against breast cancer. Standing there at the pillars of the bridge we were united by this common purpose, symbolized by the longest pink ribbon in Hungary. As we held the ribbon in our hands we connected Buda and Pest across the River Danube.
Guest post by Rita Vincze, General Manager, GE Healthcare CEE
Every October is marked by breast awareness campaigns all over the world. People start to think „pink” and participate in programmes that really make a difference. GE is one of the biggest supporters of breast cancer awareness and screening campaigns and supports scientific research in advanced diagnosis and treatment. And we don’t stop at the end of this special month. We are dedicated to break the burden of breast cancer - which needs strong commitment and enthusiasm 365 days of the year.