Caption: (Left) Ntutule Tshenye, GM - Philips South Africa; Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa; Dr Freddy Kgongwana, CEO of Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital (DGMAH); and Jose Fernandes, Head Philips Healthcare, South Africa today inaugurated the advanced oncology diagnostics facility at DGMAH in Ga-Rankuwa. (Right) The first Ingenuity TF PET/CT with Ambient Experience installed in Africa will support the Department‘s plans to modernise public health services in its quest to improve the quality of life of its communities.
Understandably, many patients referred for PET suffer from anxiety that has been found to affect the image quality and often result in a false positive, which impacts the diagnosis and quality of care. To address this challenge, the new solution transforms the experience by customising both the uptake and scanning room to create a comfortable and calming environment for patients by using technology as a positive distraction when needed most.
The immersive, multi-sensorial experience, can lead to greater involvement from patients in their own therapy, reduced anxiety and increased comfort, contribute to higher patient satisfaction, and even a possible reduction in procedure time.
“In today's complex care environment, delivering high quality critical care demands new approaches and thinking,” says Ntutule Tshenye, General Manager, Philips South Africa. “We know that there are no simple solutions to the complex realities associated with oncology care, which is why innovation drives us to push the boundaries that are standing in the way of organising healthcare around the patient to deliver better outcomes.”
The newly acquired facility will go a long way in contributing towards effective diagnosis and management of patients, improve the training and education of healthcare professionals, as well as sustain efforts to improve medical research for the benefit of finding solutions to the burden of disease in our communities.
Cancer today, is killing more people every year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined1, through ongoing innovation, Philips and the project collaborators intend to tackle the rising incidence of cancer in South Africa by collaboratively empowering the next generation of doctors to stay on the cutting edge of technology and shape the future of care with a system designed to work across the oncology care cycle.
Creating access to the latest technology will not only create a more conducive environment for doctors, but it also offers enhanced healthcare service delivery, and capacity for specialist training to make the Department more competitive in the cancer research, innovation and development of effective treatment modalities for cancer.