GE Healthcare is the healthcare business of General Electric, providing medical imaging, monitoring, biomanufacturing, and cell and gene therapy technologies. The company enables precise healthcare in diagnostics, therapeutics, and monitoring through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications, and services. In addition, they partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.
GE Healthcare has over 100 years of experience in the healthcare industry and more than 50,000 employees globally. The company headquarters are based in Chicago, Illinois.
On March 19th, 2020, GE Healthcare President & CEO Kieran Murphy issued a statement detailing the company's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company increased the manufacturing capacity and output of equipment important in the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients, including CTs, ultrasound devices, mobile X-ray systems, patient monitors, and ventilators.
Direct action taken by GE Healthcare includes:
- Adding manufacturing lines to ventilator production and increasing the number of shifts to produce around the clock.
- Hiring additional manufacturing employees and shifting current employees to support increased demand immediately.
- Managing their supply chain by working with suppliers to mitigate shortages and minimize the impact on our customers globally.
- Partnering with global regulators and using clinical and technical expertise to urgently address questions from customers on how to meet patient needs.
- Monitoring the health of their field service engineers and providing personal protective equipment for them when servicing devices – as well as increasing remote diagnostic and repair capabilities.
GE Healthcare is a manufacturer and distributor of ventilators and related products including the:
- CARESCAPE R860 Ventilator
- pNeuton Model A-E Ventilator
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