From increased efficiency to enhanced patient safety, effecting sustainable change in healthcare delivery starts with streamlining operational processes. By bringing workflow management to healthcare IT, a new-generation solution aims to do just that.
By Christine Foy
Optimized Workflows in Hospitals syngo, the uniform, comprehensive software solution for medical systems, simplifies and facilitates the workflow in hospitals and clinics, from patient registration to billing. The results are significant costs savings.
Welcome news for radiology practices and small hospitals: The SOMATOM Smile, Siemens’ new plug-and-play CT system, offers big savings, user-friendliness and faster diagnosis increasing CT profitability with a smile. See how the investment into the SOMATOM Smile pays off with only one examination a day.
Partnership is a shared undertaking and must be designed to provide additional value. Ever shorter innovation cycles require a whole new way of delivering the clinical and economic benefits of innovations to customers and train them accordingly. With its customer care program “Life”, Siemens offers customers a platform to participate in new developments and to maintain up-to-date knowledge of applications and systems.
All new medical products from Siemens will comprise at least 95 percent recyclable materials In 1998, six million tons of electrical and electronics scrap accumulated in the European Union. As of 2005, Europe’s manufacturers of electronic products will be required by law to recycle their old devices. Siemens – validated in Germany since 1996 under the strict Eco Management and Auditing Scheme (EMAS), and certified since 1998 by the worldwide environmental standard ISO-14001 – is ahead of the industry in developing comprehensive recyclable products.
Medical engineering is not immune to illness, but thanks to today’s technology, we have the means to prevent it. Malfunctions of medical engineering installations, systems and networks can lead to a complete standstill of the workflow across and beyond departments. This is why it is so important to localize errors as quickly as possible. For this reason, Siemens can now provide customers with continuous status report of installed equipment. Error messages or deviations from standard parameters can immediately be examined and removed leading to increased uptime of the equipment.
IHE stands for “Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise” and is a long-term program of incremental capability and demonstration growth in which representatives of healthcare providers, users, information system vendors and standardization groups cooperate in defining technically viable solutions. The standards-based industry initiative seeks to pace non-proprietary integration of information systems in healthcare environments.
“Make your imaging work flow”, the call to act is obvious. How SIENET supports customers in optimizing their image management is explained by Dr. Ulrich Viethen, Vice President, Siemens Medical Solutions, Health Services.
Tom Miller, the new president of Siemens Health Services (SHS), Siemens‘ information technology (IT) business, on the role that IT solutions will play in the future of healthcare.
By Christine Foy