MSQ HEALTH PARTNERS WITH CSIR TO MOVE HEALTH CARE INTO SPEED
*Caption: (left to right )Mr Riaan Coetzee, Portfolio Manager for Medical Devices & Diagnostics: CSIR
Dr Nhlanhla Msomi, Group CEO: MSQ Health
Written by: Menelisi Ndwandwe
The 40th World Hospital Congress started on a high note at Durban International Convention Centre as big role players in medical field joined forces on Tuesday.
MSQ Health and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have partnered on a collaborative project that will help accelerate the integration of medical devices and facilitate improved maintenance and the increased lifecycle of these devices.
The latest medical technologies enable doctors to deliver earlier diagnosis and obtain better treatment outcomes.
MSQ Health and the CSIR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and pilot technology that allows medical devices to be monitored and analysed through a cloud-based system. This will ensure that preventative maintenance, diagnosis of mechanical problems, monitoring of quality controls and calibrations of essential equipment can be done remotely. The goal of the project is to achieve a significant reduction in downtime of essential hospital equipment and extend the operational lifetime of medical devices.
Dr Nhlanhla Msomi, CEO of MSQ Health explained that the CSIR was the natural partner for the organization in commissioning this project.
“We approached CSIR with the vision of providing a solution to our customers that would allow more cost-effective maintenance of their medical equipment as we knew CSIR are leaders in South Africa in this area of research. CSIR were keen to partner with us in the implementation of a cloud-based system as they quickly saw the benefits this could offer to the public health system.” said Msomi.
CSIR Executive Director; Materials, Science and Manufacturing, Martin Sanne, applauded the collaboration between two scientific companies.
“The CSIR is extremely excited to join forces with MSQ Health for the benefit of improved health care for all South Africans. With the world becoming more digitized, we find the health care landscape rapidly changing to the benefit of the patient. Remote maintenance and condition monitoring of equipment is paramount to providing improved health care services. Health care professionals will find it easier to manage their equipment using digital cloud based systems,” said Sanne.
MSQ Health will be hosting a breakfast session on Thursday, 3 November in partnership with the CSIR to give the audience a vivid feel of the new project.