Medical Solutions Online
The Magazine for Healthcare Leadership
This magazine for healthcare leaders offers insights into the trends shaping the healthcare market.
Improving Prospects for Cardiac Resynchronization
On the occasion of the ESC Congress, read an article on implanting cardiac resynchronization therapy devices. Based on 3D visualization of the coronary venous system, physicians at an Austrian hospital managed to improve cardiac device implantation.
Employer-Driven Redesign of Healthcare
In 2009, Intel faced rising healthcare costs and decided to tackle the problem by using lean improvement methods to manage the quality of its healthcare suppliers. The results were soon clear: Lower treatment costs and improved patient satisfaction.
Smart Use of Big Data: The Key to the Future
Healthcare is probably one of the most data-intensive industries. The second part of our feature on Big Data will focus on challenges and opportunities: Storage and access, but also making this data useful in reducing costs and improving outcomes.
Healthcare Dives into Big Data
We are focusing on a major trend that will influence the way healthcare will be delivered around the world in the upcoming years: Big Data. See how it will transform approaches in healthcare that have long defined the industry.
How A Hybrid Operating Room is Paying Off
When remodeling their hospital, the management of Shonan Fujisawa Tokushukai Hospital decided to install a hybrid operating room for exclusive use in image-guided spine surgery. This had led to more surgeries and reduced complication rates.
Highly Promising Improvements in Stroke Care
Four current stroke studies show the benefits of mechanical therapy in stroke – not only in terms of increased quality of life for the patients but also in terms of cost efficiency.
Quality of Life and More Certainty for Breast Cancer Patients
Professor Oscar Di Paolo and his team at Hospital Provincial del Centenario in Rosario, Argentina, are successfully trying out a blood test for the HER-2/neu protein biomarker. It may help to determine, at a very early stage, whether or not a treatment is working.
Redefining the ROI for Clinical Care Technologies
As the healthcare industry moves from fee-for-service to value-based payment models, healthcare providers need to look beyond traditional formulas and consider the potential of “softer” returns when calculating the return on technology investments..
Value-based Healthcare Delivery: Building Healthcare Business Models
To master the challenge of increasing budget cuts in healthcare, providers need to reconsider their healthcare reimbursement models.
Reducing the Burden of Drug Abuse
Illicit drug use is a burden on healthcare systems and communities. CoRR, a U.S. non-profit organization has developed a campus-type rehabilitation model to help reduce social, health, and financial impact. Having a lab on site is one of the key components for success.
The Future of Healthcare Financing
Financial pressure on healthcare systems continues to increase. Medical Solutions Online has brought together expert interviews and best practice examples from around the world illustrating new healthcare financing approaches.
Six Strategic Questions for Healthcare Organizations
In today’s changing healthcare environment, organizations need to rethink the meaning of strategy. Michael E. Porter and Thomas H. Lee defined six strategic questions to help hospitals distinguish the ways in which they meet customer needs.
Combining the Best of Both Worlds
When Klinikum Chemnitz, Germany, was looking for a new PACS, they needed it to be operational on virtual servers – and at the same time keep some solutions that had been implemented for the old PACS. Their migration path shows how to combine the best of both worlds.
PACS Migration Made Easy
A German hospital met the challenge of ever expanding data by updating their picture archiving and communication system, offering improved image reading and extra features.
Safeguarding the Future with Evidence-based Medicine
The need for medical technology is increasing globally while the financial pressure on healthcare systems continues to grow. This means that, in addition to new forms of financing, the focus is shifting toward evidence-based medicine.
Improving Operational Efficiency While Staying in Budget
With a customized financing solution for its equipment upgrade, U.S.-based Princeton Radiology is now able to stay competitive in its region and at the same time pursue a long-term strategy that fits the organization’s budget plans.
“Education, Products, and Friendship”
The medical network AO Foundation promotes the training and continuing education of orthopedic surgeons. The Foundation’s President Prof. Suthorn Bavonratanavech talks about the present and future partnership between the AO Foundation and Siemens Healthcare.
Ticket to Affordable Healthcare
More and more Chinese patients are receiving treatment in private clinics. However, hospitals in China often cannot obtain loans to purchase imaging technology. To be able to afford new equipment, clinics are turning to leasing models from Siemens Financial Services.
“Hospitals are facing higher reimbursement pressure”
The Affordable Care Act is pushing U.S. healthcare companies to find new ways to operate more efficiently and achieve economies of scale. This requires them to seek specifically tailored financial instruments, as James Gelwicks of the New York based Healthcare Finance Group (HFG) explains.
Staying Innovative with Leasing
Service providers in the German healthcare system are finding it increasingly difficult to deal with financing issues. Alternative financing models can help hospitals to maintain and even raise quality standards by offering customized solutions.
Structures in Transition: Facing the Challenge of Change
Healthcare stakeholders must think beyond their own organization to deliver care in more efficient and effective ways. To keep up with new market developments, they need to radically transform their business strategies.
Revolution in the operating room: A combination of novel surgical navigation and positioning, using infrared light instead of x-radiation, offers a high degree of minimal invasiveness. The benefits for hospitals and patients can be striking.
Preventing the Spread of Tuberculosis Infection
Dr. Enrique Baltazares treats life-threatening pulmonary diseases such as tuberculosis at the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias (INER) in Mexico City, Mexico. The institute is the only hospital in Mexico that also treats indigent patients.
Mobile Application for Better Patient Communication
Through mobile access to clinical data, physicians in Innsbruck, Austria, are able to give patients more personalized care.
Accurate Diagnoses and Education Keep Allergies in Check
As in most industrialized countries, allergies are also on the rise in Japan. With the help of a network of educators, pediatrician Dr. Hiroshi Odajima and dermatologist Dr. Michihiro Hide are adopting a new course to help reverse that trend.
Touching Young Hearts
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub dreams of fighting the number one killer in the developing world: cardiovascular disease. He founded a medical center in Egypt with the aim of providing high-quality healthcare to children in particular – free of charge.
Transformation through Partnership
In 2004, Rush University Medical Center decided to bring its facilities into the 21st century. The strong partnership with Siemens played a key role in the success of this transformation.
Ten Minutes Make a Difference
New York State based UHS Wilson Medical Center specializes in rapid diagnosis and sophisticated treatment of stroke. State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and an innovative new mobile app is saving crucial time for patients and improving stroke outcomes.
Zooming into the Brain
Professor Goebel, cognitive neuroscientist at Maastricht University, explains how our image of the healthy human brain as well as knowledge, diagnosis, and treatment of many neuropsychiatric illnesses could change in the next few years.
Shaping the Future of Oncology
On the occasion of World Cancer Day 2015, Medical Solutions Online features stories from healthcare professionals around the world who share their latest achievements in oncology research and treatment.
New Medical Solutions Available for Tablets
The latest edition of Medical Solutions – the Siemens Healthcare customer magazine – is now available in print and digitally for tablets. Decide for yourself when and how you want to read the articles from our new issue reporting on current healthcare trends in neurology.
Shanghai Hospital Proves Intraoperative MRI Value
Shanghai’s Huashan Hospital is home to one of the finest neurosurgery facilities in China. The department is renowned for its impressive workflow and the groundbreaking research it conducts into using intraoperative MRI.
Healthcare in Emerging Markets: Challenges & Opportunities
Healthcare in developing countries is undergoing rapid changes. The healthcare systems in those countries are facing challenges such as the burden of rising and aging populations and with it the delivery of adequate healthcare to the masses.
Every Vision Needs an Opportunity
The integration of interventional and surgical techniques necessitates a new working environment for interdisciplinary treatment teams: A hybrid operating room in which angiographic imaging capabilities are integrated into an operating suite.
“To See the Structures in Exquisite Detail“
Dr. Amin Al-Ahmad is pioneering the use of real-time volume intracardiac echo in electrophysiology procedures in the United States. He is convinced that there is huge potential for real-time 3-D imaging.
Less Radiation, Sharper Images
In interventional cardiology, increasingly complex and longer procedures mean that managing radiation exposure is of growing importance. A clinical study conducted at the Cardiology Department of Basel University Hospital showed that certain angiography systems offer a significantly lower radiation dose – while still delivering high image quality.
On the Future of Neurology
Since neurological disease detection and therapy is growing ever more important, Medical Solutions Online has brought together best practice examples from experts in the field of neurology research and medical imaging.
Technology and Teamwork Take CVIS Up a Notch
This is a tale of making cardiac care better – for patients, caregivers, and for a hospital morphing and migrating to thrive in the new world of accountable care. The clinical and IT team at North Kansas City Hospital, Missouri, USA, have the key ingredients.
Brazil’s public health system, SUS, is a worldwide leader in the treatment of HIV. An annual campaign in the federal state of São Paulo is now promoting improved early diagnosis.
Twenty Percent More Patients
Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, USA, installed a MIYABI Angio-CT in October 2013. Since then, the hybrid system has expanded the hospital's scope of medical services, letting them safely treat more patients.
Challenging the Textbook of Cardiology
Korean cardiologist Professor Seung-jung Park is not afraid to embark on new paths in the field of cardiac interventions. He has achieved remarkable academic outcomes and received international attention, not least by applying state-of-the-art imaging technology in his procedures.
Times of Change for China’s County-Level Hospitals
A growing population demands new healthcare delivery models. Xianfeng County People's Hospital in the Province of Hubei managed to become a leading institution among county-level general hospitals in its area.
Treating the Hardest Kidney Stones
Ahmedabad in India has among the world’s highest number of urologists, and their patients have extremely tough kidney stones. State-of-the-art lithotripters are an effective and affordable way to treat these patients.
Tackling Stroke Worldwide
Professor Stephen Davis of the University of Melbourne is the president of the World Stroke Organization (WSO), the international non-government organization working to reduce the global burden of stroke with a unified voice.
Breast Cancer Engagement Driven by Personal Fate
As a four-time cancer survivor, Madame Yuthar Al Rawahy has dedicated herself to educating women about the importance of early detection of breast cancer in Oman. In order to lower mortality rates, she promotes prevention by making cancer care more accessible.
A New Dimension in Breast Care
Dr. Chaitanyanand Koppiker provides holistic breast care in India using advanced breast imaging and tissue analytics technology.
Multimodality Approach to Breast Cancer
Mammography, Ultrasound, or MRI? At the Women's Health Department of the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Groenkloof, South Africa, a dedicated team of medical experts work together to detect and fight breast cancer.
Healthcare Experts Fighting against Breast Cancer
October is worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To mark this occasion, Medical Solutions Online features stories of healthcare professionals around the world who are committed to the battle against this disease.
Real-time Volume ICE Improves Cardiac Interventions
Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) plays an essential role in guiding complex cardiovascular interventions. Real-time volume ICE was used in clinical application for the first time at the Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho in Portugal.
Cancer Treatment for the Poor
Egyptian cancer specialist Dr. Assem Rostom returned to his birthplace to treat the poor for free after 35 years of work in the United Kingdom. With support from local businessmen, he built the “Ayadi Al-Mostakbal” oncology center in Alexandria.
Emergency Diagnostics in Tornado Alley
During a 3-day span of tornado storms, the Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, USA, had passed a one-of-a-kind stress test: Providing optimal emergency care and quick diagnoses to the youngest patients affected by the storms.
Complying with the Affordable Care Act
Healthcare reform in the U.S. is forcing hospitals to reassess their protocols and engineer their clinical workflow processes differently than before. Floyd Medical Center in rural Georgia seems well equipped for this challenge.
Meeting the Growing Demand for MRI in Malaysia
When the Island Hospital in Penang, Malaysia, faced the challenge of increasing patient numbers, CEO Dr. Chan Kok Ewe opted to invest in improved MRI technology, allowing them to scan more patients while improving diagnosis and treatment.
A Hospital for Everyone
In some regions of Brazil, medical care is at the same level as in the world’s poorest countries. Hospital do Subúrbio, Brazil’s first public-private partnership hospital, improves access to modern medical care in Salvador da Bahia.
At the Forefront of Cardiac CT
To improve cardiac diagnosis and follow-up after stent placement, the private Jessenius diagnostic center in Nitra, Slovakia, upgraded their existing computed tomography system with two new detectors – and with striking results.
24/7 Service for Young Diabetes Patients
Pediatrician Henk-Jan Aanstoot has implemented an innovative concept for treating diabetes in the Netherlands. Its pillars are 24/7 service, cutting-edge lab technology, and the Internet as a channel for medical information.
At Aarthi Scans in Chennai, India, advanced MRI technology has helped to reduce scan time by almost 20 percent. This means that the specialty diagnostic imaging center can complete more scans per day, reducing costs and improving patient comfort.
Innovator in Interventional Oncology
Dr. Michael J. Wallace is considered to be an innovative interventional radiologist. He believes that using the latest imaging techniques positively impacts the survival rates for patients with certain types of liver cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
New Workflows Transform Patient Care and Support Safety Initiatives
University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center in Ohio has received numerous awards for its quality of care and operational efficiency. Siemens Healthcare IT is helping the Center support improved care delivery and team collaboration.
A Ferrari in the Lab
The Santa Casa Hospital in Porto Alegre, Brazil, is one of South America’s leading hospitals. Lab director Dr. Carlos Franco Voegeli uses innovative technology to increase significantly the lab’s speed, performance, and precision.
Creating a Living Laboratory Together
Salvato Trigo, founder of University Fernando Pessoa in Oporto, Portugal, envisioned a new kind of private hospital: Where quality and up-to-date education go hand-in-hand with access to healthcare services for those in need.
Inching Closer to a Future Without Multiple Sclerosis
In New York, Dr. Saud A. Sadiq and his team work round the clock to find first the cause of and, then, hopefully a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS). A renowned expert in treating MS, Dr. Sadiq explains how MRI technology improved the way he practices.
Dr. Roy’s Discovery
Indian microbiologist Dr. Sudip Roy from MEDICA Superspecialty Hospital in Kolkata laid the foundation for the successful treatment of diabetic foot ulcers in India. He found the origin of this unusual infection and was able to improve the chances of a cure significantly.
IT Helps Smooth Transitions of Care
Care transitions often result in additional work for both the patient and the healthcare providers concerned. Penny Frownfelter, director of nursing at a U.S.-based hospital, explains how she and her team leveraged streamlined documentation and embedded workflow technology to improve care coordination when transferring patients.
Analyzing Tumor DNA in the 21st Century
Cancer research and therapy demand increasingly more complex molecular tumor diagnostics. Using an automated solution, researchers at Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands, have succeeded in isolating DNA and RNA from minuscule tissue samples.
A Passion for Top Notch Education
Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine in Bangkok is renowned as the premier school in Thailand for aspiring doctors and health practitioners. It was founded in 1946 to produce leaders with a vision to serve the nation and its people.
When Health IT is the Patient
In today’s fast-changing medical landscape, doctors, nurses, and staff need to know how to interact with information technology. At Mountain States Health Alliance, a framework for implementing healthcare IT spurred large-scale, fast-cycle process improvement and culture change in a very brief period of time.
Lighting up Lives Through a Pinhole
At a catheterization lab in Coimbatore, India, Dr. Mathew Cherian uses innovative 3D imaging equipment and high-tech minimally invasive techniques for several medical emergencies.
“Yes, we scan!”
Jelle Barentsz, Director of the Prostate MR-Reference Center in Nijmegen, Netherlands, talks to Medical Solutions about the advantages of magnetic resonance imaging in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.
Maximum Accuracy for the Youngest Cancer Patients
Finally, there is a device available for children with cancer that offers the best of two worlds in imaging: Combining magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography enables high-precision visualization of the morphology and function of malignant tumors in children, with minimal radiation exposure.
The Promise of a Resolution Revolution
Professor Zang-Hee Cho, Director of Gachon University Neuroscience Research Institute, South Korea, uses high-end magnetic resonance and positron emission tomography to study diseases affecting South Korea today – and those that will affect the country tomorrow – in ways that have literally seldom been seen before.
A New Era for Argentina’s Public Healthcare Sector
At one of its new medical centers, the Argentine city of Mar del Plata is linking its outpatient facilities and medical centers – making the center a reference model for public health in Latin America.
The yellow bird on the little badge that Tobias Struffert, MD, wears attached to his lead apron looks as if Twitter® had expanded into the hardware business. However, this bird indicates a gadget with quite a different hashtag: real-time radiation dose management.
Ultrasound Elastography Improves Diagnosis of Liver Disease
The Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Hyderabad uses a high-end ultrasound system for affordable, reliable, non-invasive diagnosis and assessment of liver diseases. This can save patients from undergoing an interventional biopsy.
The Pleasure of a Portal
Managing the performance and maintenance of Siemens medical scanners is easier than ever, thanks to a one-stop online shop: LifeNet.
IT to Connect a Community
Inspira, a healthcare network in southern New Jersey, USA, and a new force in healthcare for the region, sees healthcare IT as a key component in bringing the community together in delivering higher-quality care more effectively.
New Medical Solutions Available for Tablets
The latest edition of Medical Solutions – the Siemens Healthcare customer magazine – is now available in print and digitally for tablets. Decide for yourself when and how you want to read our articles reporting on current healthcare trends in India.
Teaming Up for More Efficiency in Cardiac Procedures
By bringing together cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists for the planning of cardiac procedures, Professor Hu Shengshou and his team at Fu Wai Hospital, Beijing, China, can increase the efficiency of cardiac treatments, particularly in pediatrics.
Healthcare IT Supports Value-Based Purchasing
In the small town of Visalia in California, the Kaweah Delta Medical Center found a way to use IT to support its efforts to improve its financial, clinical, and patient outcomes.
“India Can Be the Healthcare Provider to the World”
Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Health, headquartered in Bangalore, India, is on a mission to expand the reach of world-class healthcare facilities to the poorest in India. And he’s convinced his model can not only change the future of healthcare in India, but also be replicated the world over.
A Trailblazer in Orthopedics
Dr. S. Rajasekaran of Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, used simple radiological tools for research to transform international methodologies in orthopedics.
A Haven for the Poor
By charging less than half the market rate, Surat Manav Seva Sangh is making high-end magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans affordable for the masses. Economically weak patients even have their scans done for free.
An Indian Hospital on the Fast Track
PSG Hospitals, a medical college and hospital in Coimbatore, India, turned around its radiology department while at the same time investing heavily in digital radiology equipment, making it likely the most updated hospital in the region.
Faster Diagnosis for More Patients
Babina Diagnostics in India's turbulent and relatively inaccessible northeastern region has invested in laboratory automation to provide quality healthcare at affordable rates.
Making Healthcare More Affordable and Accessible in India
Read an interview with renowned Indian heart surgeon Dr. Naresh Trehan on his business strategies.
A Drive for Prostate Cancer Research
Early detection of metastatic disease from prostate cancer in the lymph nodes can save lives. Stephen M. Bravo, MD, and his team at Sand Lake Imaging, USA, hopes to help cure prostate cancer – or at least take it from an acute and life-threatening condition to a chronic, but manageable disease.