Im­prov­ing Health Out­comes in In­dia

BioSpectrum (India) - - BIO CONTENT -

GE Health­care, a pi­o­neer in med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy, is mov­ing to­wards be­com­ing a stand­alone busi­ness next year out­side of GE group. This de­vel­op­ment came along with the re­cent visit of Kieran Mur­phy, CEO and Pres­i­dent of GE Health­care, who was in In­dia for the first time after tak­ing charge of the com­pany in June 2017.

Mur­phy was part of the ex­clu­sive me­dia day ses­sion- Pulse or­ga­nized by GE on Oc­to­ber 8-9, 2018, at the John F. Welch Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (JFWTC), the for­mal name of the GE Global Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment site lo­cated in White­field, Ben­galuru. The JFWTC is GE’s first and largest in­te­grated, mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­tre out­side the US.

“Of the to­tal coun­tries where GE is hav­ing op­er­a­tions, In­dia is ranked among the top five mar­kets. Tech­nol­ogy can play a very big role in im­prov­ing the health of a na­tion. With Ayush­man Bharat com­ing along, we in­tend to work to­wards mak­ing pre­ci­sion health a prime agenda. Early de­tec­tion of any sort can make a dif­fer­ence in ad­dress­ing a num­ber of health­care is­sues. We are look­ing to­wards bring­ing in low cost de­vices in part­ner­ship with the govern­ment. Also, we in­tend to com­bine ex­per­tise and lead­er­ship for serv­ing the needs of health­care providers, bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and med­i­cal tech com­pa­nies. We are look­ing at de­vel­op­ing smarter ma­chines to en­able data in­te­gra­tion”, pointed out Mur­phy dur­ing the me­dia in­ter­ac­tion.

He also an­nounced a re­cent col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Wipro GE Health­care (WGE) and the So­ci­ety for Ap­plied Mi­crowave Elec­tron­ics En­gi­neer­ing and Re­search (SAMEER), an R&D unit un­der Depart­ment of Elec­tron­ics and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (De­itY), Govern­ment of In­dia, for the de­vel­op­ment of an In­dige­nous 1.5T MRI sys­tem. The govern­ment has al­ready pro­vided the first $6.5 mil­lion to SAMEER to build a pro­to­type of its MRI ma­chine, for which it is seek­ing help from GE. “This pro­gramme is strongly aligned with the govern­ment’s vi­sion to boost re­search and ‘Make in In­dia’, and will sup­port Ayush­man Bharat through avail­abil­ity of cut­ting edge yet af­ford­able MRI tech­nol­ogy. This part­ner­ship will sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance In­dia’s ca­pa­bil­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness in the field of med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy”, ex­plained Mur­phy.

The $20 bil­lion com­pany with lo­cal ex­per­tise in more than 140 coun­tries has over the time de­vel­oped around 150 pub­lic-pri­vate-part­ner­ships (PPP) in In­dia. The com­pany has part­nered with the Health­care Sec­tor Skills Coun­cil (HSSC) and has so far trained 2,500 stu­dents to en­sure easy avail­abil­ity of skilled per­son­nel. By 2019, the com­pany is look­ing ahead to train 5,000 com­mu­nity health work­ers and 3,000 un­der­priv­i­leged young peo­ple of which a large chunk will be women work­force en­ter­ing the health­care main­stream oper­at­ing GE Health­care med­i­cal equip­ment.

Shar­ing his views on the health­care sce­nario in In­dia, Nalinikanth Gol­la­gunta, pres­i­dent and CEO, GE Health­care South Asia said, “Health­care in In­dia is clearly all about pri­vate en­trepreneur­ship. Fru­gal in­no­va­tion by var­i­ous en­trepreneurs have grad­u­ally en­abled to cre­ate tech­nol­ogy in­fra­struc­ture in In­dia. In or­der to over­come the cur­rent chal­lenges in health­care, GE in­tends to now in­crease fo­cus on pre­ci­sion en­gi­neer­ing, cloud com­put­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and de­vise strate­gic in­vest­ment”.

The me­dia ses­sion came to end with a full dis­play of the in­no­va­tions that have taken place at the re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­tre at GE over the past few years. GE Health­care is ag­gres­sively inch­ing to­wards de­vel­op­ing imag­ing tech­nol­ogy, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence based di­ag­nos­tics and re­lated ther­a­pies. It is ev­i­dent that In­dia will con­tinue to play an im­por­tant role for GE Health­care as it houses the largest re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­tre where a lot of prod­uct in­no­va­tion is tak­ing place.

(Dr Man­beena Chawla was in­vited for the Me­dia Day Pulse pro­gramme by GE Health­care)

(L-R) Nalinikanth Gol­la­gunta, Pres­i­dent and CEO, GE Health­care, South Asia; Dileep Mang­suli: CTO, GE Health­care, South Asia; Dr Su­la­bha Ranade, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, SAMEER; Kieran Mur­phy, Global Pres­i­dent and CEO, GE Health­care; Su­nita Verma, Sci­en­tist F, R&D in Med­i­cal Elec­tron­ics and Health In­for­mat­ics Divi­sion, Min­istry of Elec­tron­ics and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (MeitY), Govern­ment of In­dia (GoI); Arvind Ku­mar, Sci­en­tist G and Group Co­or­di­na­tor (R&D in Elec­tron­ics), MeitY, GoI.

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