Siemens displays pantheon of systems

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Siemens Medical Solutions and Siemens Communications unveiled a variety of clinical information system products at this year’s HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla.

Soarian Clinicals, the company’s next-generation, workflow-engineered healthcare information system, was the featured product line of Siemens Medical Solutions during the show.

It features a workflow engine that simultaneously pushes multiple tasks to multiple people — across care settings, departments, and disciplines. Currently, more than 110 Soarian-enabled workflows are live across the Siemens global customer base, the company said.

The vendor also exhibited its MedSeries4 Clinical Suite, a hospital information system designed specifically for community hospital organizations. MedSeries4 strategically facilitates the drive toward computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and an electronic health record (EHR), making patient data available via an integrated web-based health information system.

Patient data are readily accessible from any internet connection or wireless handheld device for the most current, integrated view of patient information. As an added measure, MedSeries4 uses clinical decision support rules, alerts, and reminders that help prevent errors by checking for contraindications between medication orders and patient information.

Siemens’ syngo WebSpace allows office personal computers and laptops to be utilized as a CT workspace.  

Soarian Critical Care, which addresses the clinical, financial and operational workflow challenges of the critical-care team by proactively interfacing medical devices and information, was also showcased. The solution seamlessly collects data from the bedside, including patient monitors and ventilators, to create an electronic flow sheet. It also allows collaboration with the enterprise-wide core clinical and patient management systems making it a key component of an organization’s EHR strategy, Siemens said.

Soarian Quality Measures, powered by the firm’s REMIND (Reliable Extraction and Meaningful Inference from Non-structured Data) platform, was demonstrated on the show floor. The system replaces manual chart reviews with automated chart abstraction of quality measures, as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission.

Siemens said its technology analyzes and draws conclusions from all available patient information including structured data, such as demographics and financial information, and unstructured free text found in clinical notes and transcribed reports. The results of the analysis are presented in an intuitive interface that allows an abstractor to review and validate the results.

Soarian Device Connect enables electronic collection of information from GE Healthcare’s Dinamap vital signs monitors, streamlining the task of identifying patients, recording observations, and supports validating documented vital signs. It helps to eliminate opportunities for transcription errors by replacing manual data transcription and allows clinicians electronic access to patient vitals information, according to the vendor.

Invision Clinicals, another healthcare information system from Siemens, was also on display. The product supports both physician and nursing workflows and standardizes the collection and structure of clinical information and follows clinical practice with intuitive screen navigation through a web-based interface. The system features embedded support for point-of-care clinical decisions and integration with the Siemens Rules Engine, which can provide patient-specific alerts, such as notification of lab results to clinicians.

The company also touted its alignment with NextGen Healthcare for physician practice management and electronic medical records solutions that enable interoperability and workflow across the acute and ambulatory continuum. Developed with a focus on clinician workflows and rich clinical content, Siemens and NextGen interoperable solutions demonstrated an intuitive ease of use for practitioners.

Soarian Disease Management was also demonstrated by the firm. The system is a comprehensive, web-based, workflow-driven solution for chronic-care management designed to help chronically ill people get guidance and support in managing their daily healthcare, Siemens said.

A Soarian Portal was showcased that provides physicians and other clinicians with information and tools to support patient care, workflow, and professional