GE Healthcare and partners extend BME training to South Vietnam

June 07, 2017 | 13:53
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GE Healthcare, in partnership with the Department of Medical Equipment and Construction under the Ministry of Health and local dealers VietMedical and T.D. Medical, recently conducted a five-day biomedical engineering (BME) training course for engineers from 56 hospitals in the southern provinces of Vietnam.
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GE Healthcare and partners extended last year's biomedical engineering training programme in North Vietnam to the south, inviting 56 engineers from 26 southern cities and provinces

Following the success of a similar BME training in the north last year, GE Healthcare and its partners expanded their efforts to train healthcare providers in the south.

This training course was attended by 56 biomedical engineers from 56 hospitals across 26 southern cities and provinces. The five-day course brought together leading industry experts from Singapore Biomedical Engineers Association (BES), Ngee Ann Polytechnic institute (Singapore), and the Department of Medical Equipment and Construction.

During the training session, biomedical engineers were updated on a wide range of knowledge on safety management and operation of medical equipment. They also practiced with medical equipment and shared best practices with local colleagues and international lecturers.

“GE Healthcare is committed to not only providing innovative technologies and machines for Vietnam, but also the education and training behind them to ensure healthcare providers are able to give the very best care to their patients,” said Anh Tuan Tran, Vietnam country manager for GE Healthcare. “It is important that we work with local partners, such as the Department of Medical Equipment and Construction, VietMedical and T.D. Medical, to deliver solutions that will benefit the 91 million people in the country.”

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Leading industry experts from Singapore extended and updtated participants' knowledge on basic and advanced medical equipment management

Director of the Department of Medical Equipment and Construction Nguyen Minh Tuan emphasised, “The training course which combines fundamental and up-to-date knowledge on medical equipment management for hospitals plays a particularly important role in the improvement of the quality of healthcare as well as reflects the improving investment efficiency and medical equipment use in the context that biomedical engineering training in hospitals does not enjoy enough attention currently.”

Tuan lauded the role of GE Healthcare, VietMedical, and partners in enhancing the knowledge and practical skills training of hospital engineers and urged them to work closely with the Department of Medical Equipment and Construction in developing an annual BME training programme that would help many hospital engineers to facilitate their knowledge.

On the side of the Ministry of Health, the funding would be strengthened to promote medical equipment management training, bringing efficiency to hospitals and benefits to patients.

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GE Healthcare was one of the first US companies to arrive in Vietnam and stands committed to improving Vietnamese healthcare

GE Healthcare is a partner in supporting the Vietnamese government and healthcare providers to strengthen the healthcare system and train clinicians in the country. Last year, GE Healthcare, in partnership with the Vietnam Society of Anesthesiologists (VSA), Viet Duc Hospital, and VietMedical opened a new VSA Simulation Training Lab for Anesthesia and Intensive Care, aimed at improving anesthesia education, training, and raising awareness on the importance of safe anesthesia administration in Vietnam. The simulation training lab was the first-of-its-kind in the country.

In March 2015, GE Healthcare provided a $250,000 education grant to Bach Mai Hospital to help develop and increase the skills of clinicians in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit. In April 2015, GE Healthcare and the Vietnam National Heart Institute co-hosted a cardiac medical education seminar for 100 Vietnamese clinicians aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in Vietnam.

With its commitment to build a healthier community by improving access to quality products, GE Healthcare is providing transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care in Vietnam. Today, more than half of all domestic clinics and hospitals have at least one device of GE medical technology.

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