Sustainability is key theme for Siemens at Medica 2010
17 Nov 2010
Siemens Healthcare has chosen sustainable healthcare as its
theme for Medica 2010. At this year's trade fair in Düsseldorf the
company will be presenting solutions that enable hospitals to achieve
both their economic and their environmental goals while at the same time
increasing the quality of patient care.
Innovative medical systems and high-tech building infrastructure
reduce energy costs and help to improve patient care. Patients
benefit, for example, from shorter waiting times and from new
diagnostic and treatment methods that place less strain on the body
and thus improve the quality of treatment.
In addition, Siemens advises its customers on optimizing
workflows, building and energy management systems and control
systems as well as their IT and communications infrastructure.
Siemens' Green+ Hospitals concept will help clinics to adopt a
more systematic approach to sustainability, while at the same time
ensuring environmental protection, economic efficiency and the best
possible quality for patients.
The first step toward becoming a Green+ Hospital is the Green+
Check, which uses standardized evaluation methods to determine an
enterprise's actual sustainability level as well as potential areas
for action to improve its sustainability.
One outcome of the analysis may, for example, be that Siemens
helps a customer to comply with emissions regulations and in so
doing develop new solutions to counter rising electricity and gas
prices. Or the hospital is given recommendations on how to respond
to changes in the remuneration system by optimizing workflows and
gain competitive advantages by improving the quality of medical care
and patient comfort.
Green buildings: energy-efficient, sustainable and
Hospitals today need to be more than just a place where people go
to get healed: as well as providing the best possible patient care,
it is also important for them to use energy sustainably and in an
environmentally-friendly way, reduce costs and simultaneously
guarantee the highest levels of safety and reliability.
Modern building technologies like those offered by Siemens
Building Technologies division can help hospitals to maximize the
energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental friendliness of
their buildings (green building). Real-life examples show that it is
possible, using appropriate optimisation measures in building
technology, to achieve reductions of over 25% in energy consumption
(and costs) as well as in CO2 emissions.
Refurbishing medical equipment
A further substantial contribution to reducing carbon dioxide
(CO2) emissions can be made by the return and refurbishment of
medical equipment. The product lifecycle of used equipment is
extended using a quality process specially developed by Siemens, and
the equipment is then resupplied to the market as 'Proven
In its last business year, for example, Siemens was able in this
way to help prevent the emission of as much as 20,000 tonnes of CO2
— equivalent to the power consumption of around 5,700 households.
Moreover, Siemens Healthcare recently signed an agreement with
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia: from now on, for each
'Proven Excellence' system sold, a certain number of trees will be
planted in Sebangau National Park, Indonesia (see MTB Europe news
New consultancy model helps to improve processes
In the healthcare system, efficiency is always closely linked to
workflows. Based on models from industry, Siemens Healthcare has
developed clinical process maturity models which are specifically
designed for the treatment and care of stroke patients and acute
coronary syndrome (heart attack) patients.
This systematic approach
makes it possible to evaluate the quality of clinical processes and
to analyze compliance with global treatment standards and
guidelines. At Medica 2010, Siemens will be presenting its new
consultancy model for process maturity models in clinics for the
Dose reduction in radiology and nuclear medicine
In the healthcare system, quality in the context of
sustainability means making examinations and treatments as tolerable
as possible for patients. It is also important to protect the health
staff as much as possible. This is particularly true
in the case of radiology and nuclear medicine, which use ionizing
radiation in X-ray fluoroscopy and radiodiagnostics.
For many years,
Siemens has been a pioneer in the field of dose reduction in all
relevant imaging procedures, such as computer tomography,
interventional radiology and molecular imaging.
At Medica 2010, Siemens will be presenting a whole range of
"CARE" (Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure) technologies,
which make it possible to reduce doses while maintaining image
Efficient financing solutions
Alternative forms of financing are becoming increasing important
in healthcare: A study by Siemens Financial Services (SFS) puts the
tied-up capital (inefficiently used or unleveraged potential
liquidity) in the German healthcare system at €4billion
— a rise of 8% compared with 2005.
The use of alternative financing solutions would facilitate
investments without tying up capital. Siemens Finance & Leasing, in
collaboration with Siemens Healthcare, offers all inclusive
alternative financing models for equipment, infrastructure and
associated services, which create the freedom necessary for
Open communications for healthcare systems
At this year's Medica, Siemens Enterprise Communications, a
leading provider of solutions for corporate communications, will be
presenting its multimedia hospital communications solution, HiMed,
coupled with OpenScape, the latest generation of IP communications
platforms and applications.
Using this technology, hospitals will have access not just to the
structural and economic advantages of software-based IP
communications, but also to all the opportunities provided by modern
unified communications applications.
Innovations in the area of mobile voice/data communications and
alarm and tracking systems can be used in hospitals to achieve high
levels of patient satisfaction and the same time produce significant
cost savings. Integrated network and communications solutions can
increase the quality and efficiency of processes and simultaneously
help to reduce energy and resource consumption.