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Siemens Healthcare Testifies on Healthcare Reform and Building a Healthier America

Siemens Healthcare (www.siemens.com/healthcare) today announced that Thomas Miller, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Workflow & Solutions Division, Siemens Healthcare, testified before the Health Subcommittee, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives on the need for healthcare reform.
During the hearing, “Comprehensive Health Reform Discussion Draft, Day 2,” Mr. Miller testified on ways to improve the quality of healthcare delivery while reducing its overall costs. He noted that there is undeniable evidence that medical imaging finds disease earlier, renders some invasive procedures obsolete, and saves lives. The medical imaging industry has worked hard to generate savings and efficiencies by developing physician-driven appropriateness guidelines that will ensure appropriate and effective use of diagnostic technologies, while …

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IBM Outlines New Model for Healthcare

Patient Centered Medical Home Can Change the Way Care is Delivered
IBM announced the findings of a major healthcare study that underscores the critical need for a new model of care called the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).  The new study, “Patient Centered Medical Home: What, Why and How?,” (www.ibm.com/healthcare/medicalhome) identifies the PCMH as a viable foundation for the reform of today’s unsustainable healthcare system because it is committed to primary-care based, coordinated, proactive, preventive, acute, chronic, long-term and end-of-life care.
Rising health care costs continue to be a burden on families, businesses and the entire economy and are projected to increase even further. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, national healthcare expenditures – …

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European Society of Radiology: Innovation award for Siemens

At the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) 2009, this year’s “Exhibit Europe Award” went to Siemens Healthcare. Each year the European Society of Radiology (ESR) honors one of the companies exhibiting at the Congress with this award in recognition of its special innovative strengths in science and technology as well as its high commitment to patient care and research. Furthermore, the ESR thus also recognizes the award recipient’s exceptional commitment to the goals and advancement of the ECR.
The Congress President, Professor Borut Marincek, presented the award to Dr. Bernd Montag, Chief Executive Officer Imaging & IT Division, Siemens Healthcare Sector. “This award from the European Society of Radiology fills us with great pride. Since we …

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CeBIT 2009: Wibu-Systems presents first prototype as SD Card for research project VitaBITT

Public health care and especially mobile home nursing care have to meet particular requirements: first, only those authorized should be allowed to access personal medical data. Also, the information exchanged between all parties (doctors, hospitals, care centers, and healthcare workers) has to be secure and efficient. Wibu-Systems AG, jointly with its partners in the research project VitaBIT, is developing a new, open and mobile platform for networking ambulatory care. The company presents the first prototypes of the security component in a form factor of a SD Card at the CeBIT 2009, in hall 11 at booth B41.

Wibu-Systems provides solutions for the protection of software, documents, media files, and access protection. Customized to meet the requirements in the public health care sector Wibu-Systems extends its protection and licensing solution CodeMeter by a hardware component which will be available as a SD Card or a microSD Card.[...]

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Innovation for Women’s Health – the new MRI breast scanner from Siemens

Magnetom Espree-Pink makes examinations more comfortable for physicians and patients

Siemens Healthcare recently presented its first MRI breast scanner, Magnetom Espree-Pink. This 1.5-Tesla system is the latest innovation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from Siemens, featuring a dedicated solution for breast examinations. Particularly for obese and claustrophobic patients, the large, 70-centimeter magnet bore makes examinations more comfortable than with previous systems, or, in some cases, it makes them possible for the first time ever. The flexible design of the “Sentinelle Vanguard for Siemens” breast coil also optimizes the clinical workflow. Comprehensive applications, such as syngo Grace or syngo Views, additionally set a new standard in Women’s Health.

At almost 30 percent, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer occurring among women in Germany, as well as throughout Europe. Approximately 57,000 women annually develop breast cancer in Germany; 17,500 women per year die from breast cancer1. The American National Cancer Institute estimates that a woman has a 1-in-8 chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society’s new screening guidelines will impact up to 1.4 million high-risk women by recommending they receive annual MRI screenings. 2A high percentage of these women will benefit from breast MRI. [...]

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Integrated IT solution for cardiology from Siemens: Hospital in Peine interfaces cardiac cath lab with image archiving and reporting system

The Peine Clinic in Lower Saxony is the first hospital in Germany to interface its angiography systems with an image management and reporting system. All data generated prior to or during an intervention in the cardiac cath lab is now automatically transferred to the new IT system. The advantage: while the examination is still in progress, operating personnel can use important examination data to prepare a report for wards or referring physicians in just a matter of minutes. Previously, this took several hours, because the data was transferred from forms to the reporting system manually and the images were also stored manually. For this innovative IT solution in the catheter laboratory in Peine, Siemens interfaced …

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