Siemens Medical wins $40-million deal with South Carolina University
15 November 2006
Charleston, USA. Siemens Medical Solutions and The Medical University of
South Carolina (MUSC) have entered into a five-year, $40-million strategic
alliance that will bring leading-edge diagnostic imaging technologies to
MUSC's departments of radiology and cardiology.
The agreement will include introducing the latest technology in MUSC's
Heart & Vascular Center, which brings together advanced cardiology and
interventional radiology services in the same facility. Medical staff and
patients at MUSC will have access to Siemens systems in areas including
angiography, digital radiography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET).
As part of the alliance, MUSC and Siemens will collaborate on research
and development activities. Researchers will employ breakthrough
technologies while MUSC's clinical experts help advance applications of
diagnostic imaging. Siemens also will work closely with MUSC's clinical care
teams to streamline healthcare workflow processes, anticipate clinical and
patient needs within the communities it serves, and incorporate emerging
technologies to support MUSC's vision for advanced patient care.
"MUSC has world renowned cardiologists and radiologists. With this
Seimens agreement we now have the best equipment to go with the best
doctors, which makes us unique," said Michael Gold, M.D., director of MUSC's
Heart and Vascular Center.
"The collaboration has allowed us earlier access to advance medical
technology, whether hardware or software," said Philip Costello, M.D., chair
of MUSC's Department of Radiology. "We are able to apply this technology in
patient care ahead of other leading institutions in the United States."
"This is a significant step in MUSC's quest to become a fully digital
hospital thus vastly improving efficiency, quality, and safety in the care
delivery process," said Frank Clark, MUSC CIO and vice president of