GE Healthcare Partners with South African Tech Supplier, Medhold to Launch Patient Transport Solution

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GE Healthcare, the $19.8 billion healthcare business of multinational firm, GE, and South African equipment supplier, Medhold, have announced the launch of Carescape One in South Africa, an advanced monitoring solution for conducting intra-hospital patient transport.

Carescape One will allow nurses to visually monitor critical patient conditions with precision during active patient transport between care areas.

The announcement was made during the Africa Health 2019 themed ‘The Future of Healthcare Today: Re-envisioning Africa’s Healthcare System.’

The launch comes at a time when intra-hospital patient transport has become an important part of healthcare delivery.

According to GE Healthcare, it is a complex and highly sensitive process that requires adherence to high quality and safety standards.

It is also a time-consuming task for nurses working in critical care areas, often resulting in nurses performing various tasks with higher physical and psychological requirements.

The process can be stressful for both the patient and the nurse in charge of the transfer especially in emergency room, the operating room, and the intensive care unit where patients need very close surveillance and doctors need real-time information on the patient’s vital signs.

Carescape One is a portable monitor device with docking capability on the transport bed or at the bedside. It is designed to provide an efficient workflow with the added benefit of relative ease of use for new as well as experienced users. The system also provides a standardized yet fully flexible platform with one device and one software to support cost effective fleet management.

“Our mission at GE Healthcare is to save lives in moments that matter. Carescape One is a good demonstration of this mission,” said Graham Maritz, General Manager GE Healthcare, Southern Africa.

Results from a recent comparative usability study showed that Carescape One can help improve patient transport safety and staff efficiency. Specifically, the study found that participants using the Carecape One monitor experienced overall 26% less patient transport time, and 60% fewer user errors in performing routine transport tasks.

“We are proud to partner with Medhold to make a lasting impact in intra-hospital transport across South Africa’s healthcare facilities,” Maritz concluded.

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