MSQ Health, which consists of a group of companies operating in the medical consumables and medical devices industries in South Africa, has partnered with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on a collaborative project that aims to 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. However, the increased complexity and cost of medical devices means that maintenance and servicing of medical equipment places a large burden on the health system.

MSQ Health and the CSIR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 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.

“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 CEO of MSQ Health, Dr Nhlanhla Msomi.

“The CSIR is extremely excited to join forces with MSQ Health for the benefit of improved healthcare for all South Africans,” said CSIR Executive Director: Materials, Science and Manufacturing, Martin Sanne.

“With the world becoming more digitised, we find the healthcare landscape rapidly changing to the benefit of the patient. Remote maintenance and condition monitoring of equipment is paramount to providing improved healthcare services. Healthcare professionals will find it easier to manage their equipment using digital cloud-based systems,” concluded Sanne.

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