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  1. 1. Backgrounder INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CONTACT: Molly Grasso Siemens Medical Solutions (610) 448-4729 SIEMENS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS INTEGRATED CARDIOLOGY SOLUTION AT ACC 2005 March 2005 ― Siemens Medical Solutions is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies and healthcare information systems, as well as management consulting and support services to help customers achieve enhanced clinical and financial outcomes. Siemens Medical Solutions Information Technology (IT) Division has held a leadership position in IT for nearly 35 years, and helps healthcare organizations achieve desired outcomes through the implementation of complete solutions that only Siemens can deliver, which will be featured at the 2005 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla., held from March 6 to 9 (booth # 441). Addressing the broad demands of the specialty, Siemens’ integrated cardiology solutions deliver a total, customized approach that encompasses innovative medical imaging and IT solutions, workflow expertise and customer services to enable improved clinical, operational and financial outcomes across the entire healthcare continuum. “Information management in the cardiovascular practice has never been so seamlessly integrated,” said Tom Miller, president, IT Division, Siemens Medical Solutions. “Today’s cardiac IT solutions not only enhance workflow, but also help improve patient outcomes while reducing the cost of care.” Siemens innovations that demonstrate the value of merging clinical, IT and patient management services at this year’s ACC include: Soarian Disease Management The newest member of the Soarian® family, Soarian Disease Management, is a workflow-driven solution that supports the management of patients with chronic diseases by optimizing the care delivery process ― making valuable information accessible to the clinician, payer and patient. - more -
  2. 2. Siemens ACC 2005 Cardiology IT Solutions Backgrounder, page 2 Disease Management is a workflow infrastructure system that supports the management of patients with chronic conditions, such as heart disease, by helping providers to optimize the care delivery process at all points of contact. A smart user interface supports the entire process, from patient identification to compliance control for the treatment regimen, while allowing data to be exchanged with other healthcare IT systems including lab and pharmacy sources. In addition, remote patient monitoring is facilitated via biometric, interactive voice recognition (IVR), or hand-held devices. Siemens expects to make Soarian Disease Management generally available in mid-2005. Soarian Cardiology Soarian Cardiology is a dynamic information solution designed to address the clinical, financial, and operational workflow challenges of the cardiac care team. The system overcomes lack of coordination between departments to streamline workflow and deliver proven outcomes. From registration and scheduling through the electronic signature of final reports, Soarian Cardiology seamlessly connects patient clinical data with cardiovascular measurements, images, and workflow-driven applications so treatment is viewed holistically. Putting the patient at the center of the care process, Soarian Cardiology is revolutionizing cardiac care by delivering access to the electronic clinical record. Version 2.0’s new capabilities, including architecture extensions with Web-based application delivery; enhancements to the adaptability tool; and advanced nursing support with pre– and post– procedure assessment forms, give a comprehensive 360º view of the patient that can be accessed and updated anytime. This latest version also offers full multi- modality integration across service lines and seamless connection to Siemens and non- Siemens systems utilizing Clinical Context Object Workgroup (CCOW) and Health Level 7® (HL7) standards. - more -
  3. 3. Siemens ACC 2005 Cardiology IT Solutions Backgrounder, page 3 KinetDx Solutions Network Siemens’ KinetDx™ Solutions Network, a digital image management and reporting system, is tailored to the unique clinical and workflow demands of today’s echocardiography department. It enables physicians and sonographers to create patient reports utilizing evidence-based diagnosis, advanced report upload file formats, and cardiac measurement transfer capabilities for the ACUSON Cypress™ cardiovascular system. The architecture of the system allows institutions to cost-effectively implement a single department network, or to seamlessly integrate patient information throughout the hospital-wide enterprise. The KinetDx Network and its flexible archive solution provide immediate access to an ultrasound exam from virtually anywhere in the hospital using intranet and Web-based applications for diagnosis, reporting and dynamic exam review. It allows physicians to upload final reports to a hospital or cardiology information system (HIS or CIS) using a variety of report formats, helping cardiology departments create a filmless and paperless environment. KinetDx native interface capability eliminates the need for a previously required interface device or “broker.” In addition, images of the exams can be exported to a DICOM CD ― giving patients the option of having CD copies of their exams for visits to referral physicians or when seeking a second opinion. Soarian Scheduling Soarian Scheduling is an enterprise patient scheduling and resource management solution that helps health systems optimize the delivery of care services for each individual patient. Using a holistic approach, it synchronizes resources, processes and information to establish the framework for high quality, efficient and seamless service delivery throughout the entire enterprise. Soarian Scheduling empowers users by delivering knowledge and best practices through its Smart User Interface. It facilitates compliance with service requirements using financial rules-based processing, such as medical necessity, insurance eligibility and other payer rules ― proactively helping to manage and accelerate the revenue cycle. - more -
  4. 4. Siemens ACC 2005 Cardiology IT Solutions Backgrounder, page 4 Patient scheduling is a key opportunity for workflow improvement in the healthcare enterprise. By automating operations on the front end, Soarian Scheduling helps health systems optimize resource utilization, accelerate full reimbursement, and increase patient flow. Future development plans will leverage Soarian’s Web-native platform to extend services to physicians’ offices and consumers for self-service. ### For more information, visit our website,