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GE Africa Innovation Centre (GEAIC) Offers Great Opportunity for Healthcare Innovation in Africa


Healthcare Innovation in Africa is a key area for government,businesses,entrepreneurs,investors,researchers in Africa to begin to explore especially with emerging technologies like virtual reality,artificial intelligence,robotics,internet of things etc.

One company is taking a big step in that direction.GE recently launched the GE Africa Innovation Centre (GEAIC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.This is GE’s  centre of excellence for innovation and technology on the continent and it is the first for GE in Africa and the 10th GE innovation centre globally.

From the GE report ,the GEAIC houses the new headquarters for GE Healthcare, which has established a  “Healthcare Experience Centre” on site. Its main purpose is to identify core areas for improvement in healthcare as well as infrastructure development to find creative and practical solutions. The centre reflects the ethos and spirit of Africa, and is home to rapid, creative and effective  African innovation.

The ground floor houses the customer experience area, which includes the virtual reality and simulation sections. Healthcare occupies the first floor, which includes office space as well as the healthcare experience area, and the second floor houses the project/prototyping lab area as well as the learning and development spaces.

The AIC’s emphasis is to innovate on ideas with the potential for practical applications that will improve the lifestyles of people living in Africa. The healthcare facilities are designed to mimic different care areas in a hospital environment and boast machinery used in cardiology, oncology and radiology as well as maternal and neonatal care.

The prototyping laboratory is a flexible workspace where innovators and collaborators can focus on  developing ideas that provide real solutions. Once the ideas are finalised, state-of-the-art 3D printers are used to create prototypes which allow ideas to flourish into real concepts that can be tested, adjusted and perfected.

Gunter Halfar, the head of the GEAIC, says: “The whole idea is to get people away from a rigid way of thinking. We want them to be more creative… but we also like to challenge them to find innovative solutions to big problems and to also share information with each other so we can start to build a pipeline of talent, and innovation.”

The centre uses augmented reality displays for training and to allow visitors a hands-on feel for the interconnected technology being developed. Additionally, there are a range of tools such as handheld scanners which are used for treatment in rural settings.

One of the core drivers behind the success of the GEAIC is to boost technological development and channel talent towards sustainable projects relevant to Africa’s evolving needs. An example of this is the support the centre provides to the development of small businesses capable of supplying the local market and potentially GE’s global supply chains.

Access to the centre is open to everyone including engineers and innovators from every walk of life to use the facilities as an area to brainstorm ideas and challenge each other on creative solutions.

The GEAIC has also formed partnerships with local businesses to help improve their skills and to encourage the development of small to medium enterprises by using technology to empower the communities in which they operate.

Read Jeffrey R Immelt -GE Global Insight on African Innovations and GE




Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at) On Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo


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