GE Healthcare has partnered with Ford Motor Company to produce ventilators, arming clinicians with medical equipment for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

Through the collaboration, Ford will provide its technical and production expertise with the goal of manufacturing a simplified design of GE Healthcare’s existing ventilator.

The new system will be built specifically to address urgent needs during the pandemic, equipped with the essential functions required to safely treat coronavirus patients.

“We are encouraged by how quickly companies from across industries have mobilised to help address the growing challenge we collectively face from coronavirus,” said Kieran Murphy, President and CEO of GE Healthcare.

“We are proud to bring our clinical and technical expertise to this collaboration with Ford, working together to serve unprecedented demand for this life-saving technology and support clinicians as they meet patient needs.”

“We’re so proud to be working closely with GE Healthcare on this important effort, and we have empowered our teams of engineers and designers to be scrappy and creative to quickly help scale up their production of this vital equipment,” said Jim Hackett, Ford’s President and CEO.

On top of its collaboration with Ford, GE Healthcare, in alignment with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidance, has provided information on its website on the use of its anesthesia devices for patients requiring mechanical ventilation 

This information helps make ventilation capabilities more widely available to support patients with respiratory failure or difficult breathing caused by coronavirus.