Video: Siemens Healthcare and Hospital Clinic, Barcelona Enter Agreement to Use Integrated Laboratory Diagnostics, Imaging and Information Technology Systems to Advance Patient Care

Friday, December 19, 2008 General News
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BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 18 Siemens Healthcare( announced the signing of an agreement today withHospital Clinic in Barcelona, Spain, to integrate the use of laboratorydiagnostics, imaging and information technology systems with the intent toimprove management of patient care from early detection and diagnosis ofdiseases or conditions to patient treatment. Under the agreement, Siemens andthe Hospital Clinic will initially focus on three specific areas: liverfibrosis, fetal medicine and colon cancer.

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By integrating patient information generated from the laboratory andimaging systems, physicians are able to receive integrated information about apatient more quickly, enabling them to make clinical decisions and possiblybegin treatment sooner than before. In the long-term, this practice shouldallow for more patient-centric healthcare, improved clinical outcomes and costsavings to healthcare payers.

"Siemens Healthcare is the first company capable of offering integratedhealthcare solutions, which we believe is the next generation of patientcare," said Donal Quinn, CEO, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. "By workingtogether with Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, we will align technologies used todetect and treat several diseases or conditions so physicians can obtain morecomprehensive patient information earlier, leading to improved quality of lifefor patients through earlier diagnosis and treatment."

The Hospital Clinic, Barcelona has a history of using new technology andconcepts to advance healthcare research and patient care at their hospital.Siemens will work with the hospital's experts in three specific areas -- liverfibrosis, fetal medicine and colon cancer -- to develop specific practices toincrease early detection of diseases or abnormalities. These practices will bebased on integrating patient data from the laboratory, imaging and informationtechnology systems.

"This agreement allows us to build a platform for a new concept forpatient care," said Dr. Aurea Mira, Manager of Biomedical Diagnosis Center,Hospital Clinic, Barcelona. "Integrated healthcare will benefit our patientsin many ways including the possibility of replacing invasive testing methods,such as biopsy, with a combination of non-invasive testing methods. In thecase of early detection of a prenatal condition, we hope to ensure the healthof unborn babies."

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers tothe healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions providerwith core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutictechnologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including informationtechnology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnosticsacquisitions, Siemens Healthcare is the first integrated healthcare company,bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcareinformation technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and supportservices. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum ofcare -- from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care.Additionally, Siemens Healthcare is the global market leader in innovativehearing instruments. The company employs around 49,000 people worldwide andoperates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2008 (Sept. 30), SiemensHealthcare reported sales of euro 11.2 billion, orders of euro 11.8 billion,and Sector profit of euro 1.2 billion. Further information can be found byvisiting view the Multimedia News Release, go to:

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