Siemens brings network connectivity to healthcare — Medica 2006
15 November 2006
Dusseldorf, Germany. At Medica 2006 under the title “A
Holistic View with a Focus on Benefits”, Siemens is presenting a new look to
patient-based solutions and what is now possible thanks to modern
Integrated care is more than a plastic card The electronic healthcare
card is viewed in Germany as an opportunity for a modern healthcare system.
Experts estimate that more than 500 million euros can be saved in Germany
annually. Behind this number are intelligent server solutions, billions and
billions of data bits, highly-developed security technology, digital
hospitals, networked physicians, and above all: a focus on patients. Siemens
will be presenting this holistic view at Medica.
Proven outcomes in
At many interfaces within healthcare, IT solutions are helping to
simplify processes, eliminate work steps, and not only improve the quality
of healthcare to the benefit of the patient, but also reduce costs. While a
complete solution for an electronic healthcare card
has not yet been implemented throughout the Federal Republic of Germany, the
overall benefits from partial solutions in hospitals and regions even today
result in proven outcomes.
For example, St. Marien Hospital in Amberg,
Germany, has been using the syngo Suite from Siemens since April 2006. This
IT system has already had an effect on the entire workflow of the radiology
department and the hospital. Today, the hospital’s physicians
create 95 percent of all diagnostic reports using an automatic voice
recognition system This immediately reduces the wait time until the
physicians of the wards can view the diagnostic findings.
This in turn has a positive effect on the workflow within individual
wards, as well as on the length of the patient’s stay, as confirmed by Chief
of Neurology Dr. Wolfgang Bößenecker: “For the physicians, it is an
incredible advancement if we lose almost no time between generating
diagnostic findings and utilizing them on the ward.”
Integrated Care, Siemens has developed a web-based IT solution that supports
an optimized flow of information and integrates new communication media into
existing treatment processes and systems – across all sectors. The modular
enables the electronic patient record, communication and teleconsultation
among participants, online appointment scheduling, consent management, and
This has been clearly proven over the past year in Scotland,
where Soarian Integrated Care is helping to manage diabetic retinopathy
prevention. A complete and optimized workflow is supporting the project and
within this 300,000 examinations a year on a
Patient care of the future
These solutions show
the potential of a powerful IT infrastructure. According to a summer 2006
study by the German Association for Information Technology,
Telecommunications, and New Media (BITKOM), the introduction of the
electronic healthcare card (eGK) in Germany will save over 500 million euros
annually. Within integrated care, the electronic patient record, which will
improve the cooperation between hospital physicians, general practitioners,
and specialists, will play a key role.
To utilize its enormous potential,
it is necessary to view all facilities and processes in healthcare as a
single entity. Using the example of the hospital room of the future, at
Medica Siemens is showing how many of the components from its own portfolio
work together as a whole — to the benefit of the patient.
Electronic records, IT applications, and diagnostic imaging devices are
available directly at the patient’s bed. Stationary systems as well as
mobile solutions offer greater ease of use and provide hospital personnel
with access to all relevant patient data. The HiMed Cockpit provides the
patient with access to the Internet, TV/radio, IP telephone, Video on
Demand, as well as the ability to order food from the hospital menu or
adjust room lights — all directly at the bed. The Mobilett XP Digital mobile
radiography system is integrated into the daily workflow via WLAN.
Respiration and patient monitoring systems from Dräger Medical are
integrated bedside into the ICU. This provides advantages to all involved in
the treatment process: easier, uncomplicated patient rounds for physicians,
reductions in time and costs for nursing documentation, and increased
patient comfort thanks to media offerings directly at the patient’s bed.
The 21st century patient no longer has to worry about long wait times,
repeat examinations, or incorrect medication. In the ideal case, all data
are stored centrally in a digital record — both by the treating hospital
physician and the general practitioner. The
healthcare card, soon to be introduced in Germany, is the key to all this,
with the central folder at its core.
Complete provider of the future
On this basis, Siemens is presenting itself at Medica as the complete
provider for hospital infrastructure. In addition to the latest innovations
in the areas of prevention, diagnostics, and therapy, the booth includes
communications solutions that meet the special security standards required
for sensitive areas such as patient data — regardless of whether using LAN
or WLAN technologies for mobile applications.
Through its solution for
heating, ventilation, air conditioning, entry control, video monitoring,
break-in and fire reporting, as well as alarms and evacuation, Siemens is
showing how resources can be used efficiently through cost-saving facilities
management. For example, by installing an energy-saving block heat and power
from Siemens, Kusel Hospital saved so much money it was able to purchase a
modern radiography system.
Fujitsu Siemens is providing solutions for the
mobility and information technology that is increasingly required, from
hand-held devices and tablet PCs, notebooks, and desktop PCs, to servers and
At Medica 2006, Siemens is located in Hall 10, Booth A18.
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