News

GE Healthcare donates patient monitors to Aalto University

Aalto and GE Healthcare intend to expand their cooperation in the future, especially in the areas of data analytics and machine learning.

GE Healthcare donated four CARESCAPE B650 patient monitors to Aalto University.  The purpose of the donation is to provide bio-informatics students with practical experience of the health technology equipment used in hospitals.

The monitors were officially handed over during the opening ceremony of the Aalto University Health Technology House, which took place on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 5pm.

‘We can utilise the monitors donated by GE Healthcare in many ways, both in teaching and in conducting research in areas such as haemodynamic brain imaging,’ said Aalto University Academy Research Fellow Ilkka Nissilä.

The use of the monitors in teaching will benefit the students, but it will also be of benefit to GE Healthcare, which employs many experts within the field.

‘Health technology accounts for the largest share of Finland’s high-tech exports and is a strongly expanding field throughout the developed world. During the last three years, GE Healthcare has employed in Helsinki around a hundred engineers for product development and product testing tasks. There is a constant need for more people with expertise in patient monitors, clinical parameters and human physiology,’ explains Engineering Manager Niko Nuotio from GE.

Patient monitors are complicated clinical instruments that do a lot more than simply showing information about the patient’s condition. In addition to measuring over 50 clinical parameters ranging from blood pressure and pulse to depth of anaesthetic and pain reactions caused by operations, monitors also communicate with information systems and send alarm data through the data network to be used by care staff.

‘Students who have practical experience in operating patient monitors are in demand. Less time is required for their work orientation and they are sooner able to work independently,’ Mr Nuotio points out.

‘Aalto University is one of the most important educational institutions in Finland for the training of experts in the health technology field. Finnish engineering expertise also played an important role in awakening GE’s interest in Instrumentarium,’ says Matti E. Lehtonen, Chairman of the Board for GE Healthcare Finland Oy.

GE Healthcare and Aalto University work a lot together in areas such as master’s and doctoral theses.  In the future, the goal is to further expand cooperation, especially in the areas of data analytics and machine learning.

Further information and requests for interview:

Terhi Kajaste, Corporate Relations Advisor, Aalto University, +358 (0)50 327 52 99, [email protected]

Taija Reijonen, Senior Communications Leader, GE, tel. +358 (0)50 367 58 63, [email protected]

Aalto Health Platform

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Related news

Smart City Challenge
Research & Art Published:

Four smart city pilot projects start in January 2021

Altogether 71 ideas were proposed to the international challenge for smart cities. 
ARTS open science roadshow, pic of the session
Research & Art Published:

European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Finnish Forum webinar on 25th January

One of the speakers is Karel Luyben, the first president of the EOSC Association and a member of board at Aalto University.
Installation Talk 2020, Jarkko Niiranen
Research & Art Published:

Professor Jarkko Niiranen on the computational mechanics of microarchitectural solids and structures

'When developing models, we spend a lot of time on mathematical physics, numerical mathematics and computer programming, but the fundamental concepts of mechanics remain the same' says Niiranen in his installation talk.
A photo showing Dr. Dorothea Golze
Research & Art Published:

Computational physicist Dorothea Golze receives prestigious Emmy Noether Award

Dorothea Golze received funding from the German Research Foundation within the Emmy Noether Programme to establish her own junior research group at the Technical University of Dresden.