Skilled workforce is key to growth of any nation

GE Healthcare has launched a mission to accelerate the
building of a “Yogya Bharat” or “Skilled India” that will improve access to
quality healthcare throughout the country. The company has partnered with
leading healthcare and education experts to set up healthcare education &
training institutes that will provide accredited skill building programs for
12th Standard pass eligible students and skill enhancement programs for
existing healthcare professionals.

The first few healthcare education and training institutes
with state-of-the-art healthcare infrastructure will commence operations in
Mumbai, Greater Noida, Bhatinda and Bhubaneshwar.

MOUs signed with

•             Max
Institute of Health Education & Research (MIHER) to set up institutes in
Greater Noida, Mohali and Bhatinda

•             Manipal
Health Foundation in Karnataka

•             Mahajan
Imaging in Delhi

•             ILFS
Skills Development Corporation in Trivandrum, Coimbatore and Bhubaneshwar

•             Symbiosis
International University in Pune

•             Strategic
partnership with HCL for education (multiple specialities)

Through healthcare education & training institutes
across the country, GE Healthcare along with its partners aim to train and
contribute 100,000 skilled healthcare workforce to strengthen India’s
healthcare system over the next five years.

This workforce will include newly trained, certified
employable professionals for allied health care services as well as skill
enhanced healthcare professionals who are in the system already. GE Healthcare
has developed the curriculum for several courses including imaging, patient
safety, advanced medical diagnostics and leadership development. National Skill
Development Corporation India, through the Healthcare Sector Skills Council, is
playing a key role in defining curriculum for these courses and supporting
accreditation. Partners bring in a variety of critical strengths to the program
like infrastructure, equipment for hands on training, clinical environment for
trainees, academic advisory and technological capabilities, as well as a wealth
of expertise in learning development.

GE Healthcare aims to set up at least one healthcare
education & training institute in each State and has already signed
Memorandum of Understanding with several leading institutions both in
Government and the private sector. Today, GE Healthcare and its partners
pledged their commitment to a Yogya Bharat in the presence of Dilip Chenoy,
Managing Director and CEO, National Skills Development Corporation.

Congratulating GE Healthcare on the new venture, Dilip
Chenoy, Managing Director and CEO, National Skills Development Corporation
said, “A skilled workforce is key to the growth of any nation. The need of the
hour is to create the ecosystem to maintain a constant supply of trained talent
that is ready to join the mainstream and enable expansion of the healthcare
infrastructure in the country. We congratulate GE Healthcare for its initiative
to train and help develop skilled workforce for a more robust healthcare
ecosystem. Not only will this initiative bridge the deep skills gap that exists
in the sector but also enhance employability in the country.”

Speaking during the launch, John L. Flannery, President and
CEO of GE Healthcare added, “The initiative is among the largest skill
enhancement programs for GE Healthcare in the world. This is a great example of
how we can use our scale and experience to partner with India. GE Healthcare
was the first company to manufacture high-end healthcare equipment in India in
1991. As an innovator of affordable, localized solutions, our goal has been to
enhance accessibility to quality healthcare for every Indian.  We hope that the skilling of 100,000
healthcare professionals will address an important Government priority of
bridging the skill deficit.”

Talking about the mission, Terri Bresenham, President &
CEO, GE Healthcare India said, “This is a landmark initiative in our 25-year
history in India. We believe a skilled India is absolutely necessary for a
healthier India. As a leader in healthcare, GE Healthcare looks to continue
playing a crucial role in the growth of India’s healthcare system. We stand
committed to partnering with public and private players in the healthcare
sector to make this endeavour a success.”

As per several recent studies*, India has made noteworthy
progress, but still struggles with substantial issues and gaps in its
healthcare system. Healthcare in India is under-served and under-consumed.  The biggest reason for this struggle is the
severe shortfall of both hard infrastructure and skilled talent. The shortfall
in skilled healthcare workforce is contributing higher costs – both to provider
as well as patient and often compromises quality of diagnoses and delivery. A
study done by PHFI* indicates that the current requirement for Allied
Healthcare Professionals (AHP) in India is nearly 65 lakhs as against a supply
of less than three lakhs.

The first institute which commenced operations in Mumbai is
fully funded and run by GE Healthcare with the first batch of students taking
up Radiology Technologist certified program. The GE Healthcare Institute is
adopting blended learning approach with significant focus on hands on training.
GE Healthcare and partners will provide assistance in the placement to trained
workforce. GE Healthcare is in the process of partnering with more public and
private institutions to scale up this model across India.


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