Global trends such as demographic change and rapid population growth will mean lasting changes to the face of healthcare as we know it. Healthcare providers will have to contend with the challenges of ever-growing cost pressure, decreasing reimbursement rates and fewer specialist staff, all while meeting high patient expectations. The digitalization of the healthcare system can help - and the key here is data. Every day, vast amounts of it are generated, for example in the form of images, laboratory results, pathological findings and reports. At this year's HIMSS in Las Vegas in the United States, Siemens Healthineers will be showcasing specific examples of how healthcare providers can use such data to deliver value based care with better outcomes at lower costs.
To enable the use of health-related data, Siemens Healthineers has created an open and secured environment for the multitude of healthcare stakeholders, like payors, patients and providers across the world, who can use a range of applications from Siemens Healthineers and numerous other partners based on shared healthcare data. Within the Siemens Healthineers cloud different data sources can be integrated and processed supporting a large variety of application types. To date almost 2000 institutions from roughly 50 countries are already part of this Digital Ecosystem continuously feeding their data into this ecosystem and deriving insights based on innovative applications and services.
Network of innovative services and applications
"Ever since the introduction of our first cloud-based offerings we have by now build an environment in which users leverage the insights of close to 40 million clinical dose and utilization studies from operating imaging equipment," explains Alexander Lippert, Head of Digital Ecosystem at Siemens Healthineers. “We are confident to significantly grow our data lake in size and in diversity. Based on this we will generate unprecedented insights through our own offerings as well as through innovative digital health partners.”
The aim is to help healthcare providers with faster and easier access to innovative digital health services and applications. This is why Siemens Healthineers is not only providing proprietary solutions and applications itself, but is also inviting solutions, data and platform-partners to join the environment. At HIMSS 2018, Siemens Healthineers will be unveiling a number of new partners who are set to broaden the Digital Ecosystem further:
Digital Ecosystem Store
All digital offerings will be available through a special marketplace, the Digital Ecosystem Store. The store allows users to search for, request a quotation or trial and download offerings as part of specific subscription models. Offerings available in the store will cover cloud-based as well as locally installed deployments, like Syngo.via3 OpenApps. Syngo.via OpenApps can be ordered through the store and installed directly into the Syngo.via user interface at the click of a button, enabling them to be seamlessly integrated into day-to-day clinical operations. Next will be OpenApps for mobile C-arms.4 It will help to improve the workflow in the OR in the future. Already the new systems like for example Cios Spin5 will provide these functions. Without investing in additional hardware, users shall be able to select and download applications directly from the store. After downloading, the application will immediately be available on the mobile C-arm. The big advantage: Customers and patients benefit from an ever-expanding range of medical applications. The Digital Ecosystem from Siemens Healthineers is continuously developing and growing, opening up new options for healthcare providers across the globe to efficiently introduce digital health offerings into their institution.
Good healthcare calls for relevant patient information
Actionable insights for the individual patient are fundamentally depending on the availability of the complete electronic health record. Due to the distributed nature of a typical record it is clear that a non-proprietary, vendor neutral approach is called for to provide such information.
With eHealth6 Solutions from Siemens Healthineers, healthcare providers are able to create a comprehensive electronic health record for patients by accessing various sources – including patient-generated data – without having to replace centralized IT platforms or hindering existing processes, regardless of the physical location of data or the system it is stored in. Doctors and other medical professionals are thus able to access patients' complete health records. Very importantly, patients can log in to access their own data via a secure patient portal and at the same time to control who can see their data.
There is also a new way of collecting data that is already part of everyday life for many people – wearables. This technology could end up making a major contribution to healthcare by providing comprehensive information about a patient's health history – without having to rely on sporadic snapshots gained during medical appointments. Wherever eHealth Solutions from Siemens Healthineers are used by healthcare providers, patients may connect their wearable devices and view their complete health records thanks to the interoperability of the solution. Whenever patient-generated data is uploaded to an electronic health record, doctors can access the information, enabling a form of remote monitoring. The big advantage this offers is that it promotes patient self-management, which in turn could help to contribute to a reduction in relapses. It could also close the gap between home monitoring and physician appointments, as healthcare professionals can access the information and, if necessary, contact patients directly. This saves valuable time and ensures higher quality patient care.
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Syngo.via can be used as a standalone device or together with a variety of Syngo.via-based software options, which are medical devices in their own rights. Syngo.via and the Syngo.via based software options are pending in some countries the necessary clearances and thus are not available for sales in all countries.
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Cios Spin is currently under development; is not for sale in the U.S. Its future availability cannot be guaranteed.
eHealth Solutions consists of several products of ITH icoserve technology for healthcare GmbH, Innsbruck, Austria. eHealth Solution products are not medical devices and therefore not to be used for diagnostic purposes. The products/features/services offering are not commercially available in all countries and their future availability cannot be guaranteed due to regulatory reasons or otherwise. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further information.