GE Healthcare Partners together with its partner Advanced Health Solutions (AHS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University (PSAU) in Saudi Arabia to drive localized research and to empower Saudi students with advanced healthcare advisory and consultancy development.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Mobarak Ben Obaid Al Harbi, President of the Institute of Research and Consulting Services at PSAU, and Daoud Shinwari, General Manager of GE Healthcare Saudi Arabia, at PSAU in Al Kharj, and Dr. Mohammad Ben Fouad Zamakhshary Chairman of Advanced Health Solutions, at a ceremony attended by senior representatives of the three organizations.
Under the MoU, which supports the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Healthcare Transformation Program to ensure the highest standards of care in the Kingdom, GE, AHS and PSAU will work on extensive research on diverse aspects of healthcare in the Kingdom. Healthcare advisory and consultancy workshops will be held for students, and GE, AHS and PSAU will also cooperate in field of healthcare consultancy and operational services by drawing on PSAU’s reputation as one of the centers of excellence in education and community partnership.
Dr. Mobarek Ben Obaid Al Harbi, President of the Institute of Research & Consulting Services at PSAU, commented: “The agreement highlights the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Healthcare Transformation Plan to promote public private partnerships as well as to strengthen academic-industry linkages. As a center of excellence for education, we are committed to nurturing a generation of future professionals and experts, who will contribute to the development of the Kingdom. GE Healthcare’s proven strengths in advisory and consultancy will serve as an ideal fit to drive localized research and to upskills the talents of our students.”
Daoud Shinwari, Commercial General Manager, GE Healthcare Saudi Arabia, said: “PSAU has established its reputation in education excellence and community engagement, contributing significantly to developing an extensive talent pool of Saudi professionals. Through our partnership, we aim to collaborate on in-depth research into healthcare-specific challenges in the Kingdom that will help enhance their overall efficiency.”
Karim Benhameurlaine, Managing Principal, GE Healthcare Partners EGM, added: “We work with healthcare clients on strategic relationships, clinical command centers and consulting solutions that have provided us with unique insights on real-world healthcare sector challenges. Through our partnership with PSAU, we aim to deliver consultancy and advisory programs that will enable Saudi talent to address these as well as contribute to achieving the transformational goals for the healthcare sector outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.”
GE Healthcare Partners has been supporting the Ministry of Health on its Ada’a program, a radical hospital culture and performance transformation initiative that is driving efficiency and productivity across 70 MOH hospitals and reinvesting the savings into patient care. The project, a strategic priority for the MOH, is the first system-wide hospital transformation of this scale in the world.
Over the years, GE Healthcare has been working closely with public and private sector healthcare stakeholders by not only providing advanced technologies but also upskilling Saudi healthcare professionals. GE Healthcare has over 267 employees in Saudi Arabia and more than 30,000 GE Healthcare technologies have been deployed in hospitals and clinics across the Kingdom.