Siemens to integrate laboratory and clinical systems at Hospital
22 December 2008
Siemens Healthcare has signed an agreement with Hospital Clinic in
Barcelona, Spain, to integrate the use of laboratory diagnostics,
imaging and information technology systems to improve management of
patient care from early detection and diagnosis of diseases or
conditions to patient treatment.
Under the agreement, Siemens and the Hospital Clinic will initially
focus on three specific areas: liver fibrosis, foetal medicine and colon
By integrating patient information generated from the laboratory and
imaging systems, physicians are able to receive integrated information
about a patient more quickly, enabling them to make clinical decisions
and possibly begin treatment sooner than before.
In the long-term, this practice should allow for more patient-centric
healthcare, improved clinical outcomes and cost savings to healthcare
"Siemens Healthcare is the first company capable of offering
integrated healthcare solutions, which we believe is the next generation
of patient care,” said Donal Quinn, CEO, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.
“By working together with Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, we will align
technologies used to detect and treat several diseases or conditions so
physicians can obtain more comprehensive patient information earlier,
leading to improved quality of life for patients through earlier
diagnosis and treatment."
The Hospital Clinic, Barcelona has a history of using new technology
and concepts to advance healthcare research and patient care at their
hospital. Siemens will work with the hospital’s experts in three
specific areas — liver fibrosis, fetal medicine and colon cancer — to
develop specific practices to increase early detection of diseases or
abnormalities. These practices will be based on integrating patient data
from the laboratory, imaging and information technology systems.
“This agreement allows us to build a platform for a new concept for
patient care,” said Dr. Josep María Piqué, vice director, Hospital
Clinic, Barcelona. “Integrated healthcare will benefit our patients in
many ways including the possibility of replacing invasive testing
methods, such as biopsy, with a combination of non-invasive testing
methods. In the case of early detection of a prenatal condition, we hope
to ensure the health of unborn babies.”
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