KENYA—GE HealthCare, a global leader in healthcare technology, and Daktari Africa, a pioneering telemedicine platform, have signed a collaboration agreement to improve access to cardiac care for patients in remote and underserved areas of Kenya.

This partnership supports Kenya’s National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases by enhancing clinicians’ ability to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease, currently the country’s leading cause of noncommunicable disease mortality.

Building on 50 years of ECG innovation, the MUSE™ NX Cardiology Information System enhances connectivity and privacy to maintain the high clinical standards GE HealthCare customers value.

Under this collaboration, a pilot project has been launched in Kiambu County, the second most populous county in the country, utilizing GE HealthCare’s MUSE™ NX software.

The MUSE™ NX software is designed to help doctors access cardiac testing results, facilitating faster and more accurate diagnoses.

 It allows for easy integration, enhanced security protection, and quick update deployment, ultimately aiding rapid and precise diagnoses.

With the support of GE HealthCare, Daktari Africa will collaborate with the Kiambu County government to implement the MUSE™ NX system in local health centers.

At the project launch event, a cardiologist used MUSE™ NX to review electrocardiogram (ECG) data from a remotely located patient, demonstrating how the solution can integrate and manage the flow of information to support timely diagnosis, even when the patient is far from the examining physician.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Charles Kamotho, founder & CEO of Daktari Africa, noted that this collaboration aims to revolutionize cardiac care in Kenya by bringing advanced diagnostic capabilities to remote areas.

 He expressed his pleasure in working with GE HealthCare to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery, highlighting that tele-ECG screenings can facilitate early detection of critical conditions, reduce hospitalizations, and improve patient outcomes. 

Moussa Gholmieh, General Manager for Patient Care Solutions, Emerging Markets, GE HealthCare, stated that for the first time in East Africa, GE HealthCare is partnering with a telemedicine platform to bring advanced cardiac care to remote areas.

According to Gholmieh, this partnership marks a significant milestone in their mission to bridge the healthcare gap and improve access to healthcare services.

By leveraging the latest technological advances, they aim to make a significant impact on healthcare delivery in Kenya.

Gholmieh added that by providing physicians with access to patient ECG information, the MUS NX solution will support informed decision-making and high-quality care for a disease that is increasingly burdening the nation’s health system.

Additionally, combining clinical expertise, telemedicine specialization, and advanced healthcare technologies can help save time in the diagnosis and treatment process, increase staff productivity, and enhance patient care quality.

The GE HealthCare team will provide training to Daktari Africa and its partners following the installation of the MUSE NX system.

This training aims to ensure that healthcare professionals are equipped with the necessary skills to maximize the platform’s impact.

In April, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and GE HealthCare collaborated to provide mammography technology, training, and educational tools to radiologists at Muhimbili University of Health and Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania to improve access to screening and help clinicians lower the country’s breast cancer mortality rate.

As part of this agreement, GE HealthCare will install the Pristina Mammography Suite—which includes 2D and 3D digital breast tomosynthesis, Contrast Enhanced Mammography (CEM), CEM Biopsy capabilities, and a Seno Iris workstation—at MUHAS and provide maintenance of the system at no charge to the university.

In addition to improving the level of radiologic practice and breast care throughout the region, the collaboration between GE HealthCare, MUHAS, and RSNA will also work to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening and early detection among Tanzanians.

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