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Soarian's Innovative Workflow Technology Enhances Care Delivery; Live Customer Workflows Show Increased Quality, Safety and Efficiency In Care Delivery.

MALVERN, Pa. -- As the quest to improve healthcare quality while reducing costs through the adoption of information technology (IT) solutions remains central to the national healthcare agenda, Siemens Medical Solutions next generation Soarian(R) health information solution is delivering tangible clinical and financial outcomes at healthcare facilities across the country. Siemens (booth #1237) is highlighting Soarian at the 2006 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, Feb. 12-16, in San Diego.

Soarian's core differentiator is its unique-to-healthcare workflow engine that facilitates and tracks technology-driven "workflows" designed to help users increase efficiency, improve patient safety, and achieve desired clinical and financial outcomes - while supporting key quality and regulatory initiatives.

For example, at The Chester County Hospital (TCCH), West Chester, Pa., 4 percent of patients entering the hospital have a history of Methicillin Resistant Staphylcoccus Aureus (MRSA) infection and they account for 8 percent of all patient days. Before TCCH began using Soarian's workflow management tools, a study of 30 patients showed that approximately 25 percent of MRSA patients with prior positive results who should have gone into isolation upon admission were missed at initial bed placement, but likely detected during admission assessment. This would necessitate an immediate transfer to isolation status.

Since TCCH has gone live on a Soarian-enabled Infection Control Workflow, nursing now receives notification for 100 percent of all known MRSA patients. Its impact was so significant that the hospital extended the Workflow to cover Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and will incorporate additional infections.

"Soarian's workflow engine triggers and monitors the steps impacted departments (nursing, infection control, etc.) need to take to execute an infection control protocol," said Ray Hess, vice president of Information Management, TCCH. "The system provides these alerts to clinical and support staff through a variety of mobile computing and communication devices - helping to improve patient safety and hospital-wide efficiency in executing routine infection control processes."

Through Soarian, early identification of patients with infections that require isolation - and fast implementation of a precautions/isolation protocol - has proven to prevent additional patient and staff exposure, decrease inappropriate patient bed assignment, and improve detection of negative screens to expedite removal of a patient from a high-cost isolation bed.

Soarian's advanced workflow technology is demonstrating similar quality and cost outcomes at Riverside Health System, Newport News, Va. For example, the American Heart Association estimates there are two million cases of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) per year in the U.S., leading to 600,000 cases of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) with 200,000 mortalities.

Riverside's Soarian-enabled DVT Workflow identifies patients who have not received DVT prophylaxis and automatically notifies the care team, requesting appropriate orders.

"Pulmonary embolism resulting from the failure to prevent DVT is one of the most common causes of unexpected death in hospitalized patients," said Charles Frazier, M.D., director of medical informatics, Riverside Health System. "The result of our DVT Workflow is better patient safety, fewer adverse events, a reduction in the cost of care - and the potential for prevention of PE as a result of DVT."

Implementation of the Soarian DVT Workflow at Riverside has increased DVT prophylaxis by an additional 50 percent, translating into fewer DVTs, fewer pulmonary emboli and fewer deaths.

"When our customers talk about workflow improvement with Soarian they're simply on the cutting-edge of what the industry is doing with IT," said Tom Miller, president, Healthcare IT Division, Siemens Medical Solutions. "These sites are eliminating costly and inefficient work steps, embedding unsurpassed patient safety checks into complex healthcare processes, and, ultimately, creating knowledge to deliver better patient care across a lifetime."

Other live workflows within Siemens Soarian customer base include Bed Management, Admission Assessments, 23-Hour Observation, Patient Factors, Intravenous (IV) Restart, Nothing by Mouth (NPO), and more. These Workflows underscore the need for increased quality and efficiency that an advanced healthcare IT system like Soarian can deliver. For example, in a pilot study on one unit, a Soarian-enabled Bed Management Workflow eliminated 50 percent of manual process steps, reduced bed turnaround time from 90 to 180 minutes to an average of 20 minutes, and increased bed availability by two hours.

Over 100,000 clinicians at more than 100 facilities are actively using Soarian in daily care delivery. To support the mobile computing needs of clinicians, the solution has been deployed on a variety of devices, including the award-winning Mobile Computing(R) LS800 slate tablet PC which features a built-in fingerprint reader and uses biometric data to prevent unauthorized system access.

Nearly 140 Soarian implementations are currently underway globally and more than one billion patient results have been converted from legacy systems as healthcare providers continue to invest in electronic health record (EHR) solutions in support of national initiatives to build a nationwide health information infrastructure.

Soarian integrates clinical, financial, diagnostic and administrative processes to support patient-centered care. The solution is distinguished by three innovative characteristics: it manages processes and best practices across the enterprise through workflow management tools; increased ease of use and faster training is enabled via a smart user interface; and an integrated decision support tool helps to manage and measure the events and activities of the organization through embedded analytics.

Additionally, bringing together images and data seamlessly from a variety of medical modalities in one location, Soarian helps facilitate more informed decision-making - leading to improved care delivery, increased staff satisfaction, and more efficient business practices.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the healthcare industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Employing approximately 31,000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7.6 billion EUR, orders of 8.6 billion EUR and group profit of 976 million EUR for fiscal 2005. More information can be obtained by visiting www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.

Editor's Note: Ray Hess, vice president of Information Management, The Chester County Hospital, will present, "Clinical Optimization Through Workflow," in Siemens in-booth theater at HIMSS and is available to discuss his organization's use of Soarian's workflow technology.
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