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Ministry of Health and GE sign Mou.

GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of General Electric Company,has signed a MoU with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health to train over 600 medical professionals from the ministry every year.

A recent McKinsey & Company study predicts that over the next 20 years, healthcare demand will rise by 240 per cent in the GCC countries.

The healthcare infrastructure and the availability of qualified and trained personnel will need to expand considerably to cope with this demand,it added.

The agreement highlights GE Healthcare's commitment to Saudi Arabia, one of the largest health markets in the region. GE Healthcare has been established in Saudi Arabia for more than 25 years, said a GE official.

The aim is to continue addressing current healthcare challenges in the area of training and clinical expertise through GE's innovative services and solutions.

The training program is focused on transforming healthcare delivery via collaborations, partnerships and regional support from the public and private sectors.

GE Healthcare will continue to conduct clinical training programs for the MoH professionals, offer clinical education training on-line, engage senior professionals in leadership and decision making programs, share best practices in modern medicine, identify training opportunities for the staff and hold learning sessions on Change Acceleration Process and Six Sigma methodology and processes.

The goal is to train more than 600 technologists from the Ministry by offering 30 courses in the fields of Magnetic Resonance (MR), Computed Tomography (CT), and X-ray, a ministry official said. This will be achieved by organizing 16 GE TiP TV days in 13 cities across the Kingdom within one year.

Moreover,there will be four awareness sessions on Change Acceleration Process and Lean Six Sigma methodology and processes.

The successful initiative started in April 2007, with the first TiP TV workshop held for radiology technologists at the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health Training Center, Riyadh.

The assortment of TiP-TV sessions offered includes courses on Functional CT, Magnetic Resonance safety, MR Imaging, chest radiography and radiology problems related to obesity. For more than 10 years, GE's TiP-TV has provided quality continuing education and training programs to healthcare professionals around the world. "Our association with the Ministry of Health for training programs is a landmark agreement for GE Healthcare in Saudi Arabia," said Jan De Witte, president and CEO, Services, EMEA,GE Healthcare. "We are privileged to share our learning materials and change management experiences with the Saudi professionals, which will have a positive impact on the Kingdom's healthcare sector.

By providing a training solution, we are proud to be playing our part in building the country's healthcare knowledge base," he added. With more than 180 talented and skilled professionals based in Saudi Arabia, GE Healthcare has a significant workforce dedicated to supporting Saudi's healthcare industry.

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Title Annotation:Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health and GE Healthcare
Publication:Saudi Economic Survey
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Date:Apr 26, 2009
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