Imaging vendors step up to combat the COVID-19 outbreak

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers

March 19, 2020 -- GE Healthcare and Philips Healthcare said they are stepping up their manufacturing and safety protocols in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

In a statement, GE Healthcare President and CEO Kieran Murphy announced that the company is increasing its manufacturing capacity for equipment important for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with COVID-19. This includes CT scanners, ultrasound systems, mobile x-ray machines, patient monitors, and ventilators, according to the vendor.

To match the increased demand, GE said it's working to hire additional employees and shift existing employees. It will also work with suppliers to mitigate shortages and partner with global regulators.

In addition, GE said it will also monitor the health of its field service engineers and provide them with personal protective equipment for use when servicing devices. Remote diagnostic and repair capabilities will also be increased, according to the company.

Similarly, Philips CEO Frans van Houten announced that the company is working to maintain the safety of its employees. This includes creating safety protocols for field engineers, implementing widespread work-from-home protocols, and avoiding travel to and from high-risk areas.

The company is also looking to boost production out of China. Van Houten noted that Philips' Chinese manufacturing capacity is currently at 80%, and it is working to improve capacity to meet the increased demand for diagnostic imaging systems, patient monitors, and ventilators.


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