Coordinated Care Management

February 23, 2012

Siemens Demos How Soarian Assists in 'Coordinated Care' Delivery at HIMSS 2012

Siemens Healthcare is demonstrating this week how its Soarian product assists in coordinating healthcare at a time of many changes for the healthcare sector.

During the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2012 (HIMSS 2012) conference and exhibition, taking place at the Venetian Sands Expo Center, Siemens will demonstrate its solutions at booth No. 2423. The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition is taking place between Feb. 20 and 24 in Las Vegas, Nev., according to HealthTechZone.

Soarian provides health information systems for businesses. The company also explains that Soarian lets health-care providers “coordinate clinical activities, proactively identify patient risk factors and escalate potential delays and adverse events.”

It allows, too, for medical practices to connect to information about patient demographics and lab and imaging results. Here’s an example. By using Soarian, a patient suffering from pneumonia can have treatment information sent to his or her primary care doctor’s office, so it’s ready for when s/he is discharged from the hospital.

In addition, Siemens is also offering the Soarian Revenue Cycle. It gets claims sent out and processed quickly. It reduces cost and is simpler to use than alternatives, the company said. Also, Soarian Business Intelligence quickly provides for the collection and analysis of clinical and financial data. Soarian can analyze individual patients or patient typed by groups.

"We are observing a major re-alignment in care delivery such that hospitals will be accountable for not only providing care in the acute environment, but also with orchestrating services to improve the health of those with chronic conditions across a variety of settings,"  John Glaser, CEO, Health Services Business Unit, Siemens Healthcare, said in a recent company statement. "Through the use of health information exchanges [HIE], we see that hospitals are taking the lead in delivering information across a wide array of care venues such as the physician practice, long-term care facilities and rehabilitation centers. We can therefore help customers enable this transformation by creating a more unified electronic health record across the enterprise, while providing true next-generation revenue cycle solutions to help create a sustainable future for care providers."

In a related matter, Siemens Healthcare recently acquired MobileMD, a provider of 4 D HIE solutions. It is cloud-based, and lets clinical and administrative data be shared securely among all care providers.  

It was also reported that Charlene Underwood, senior director of government and industry affairs, Siemens Healthcare, is the board chair of HIMSS. She gave the keynote address this week during the conference. She is also on the Health IT Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"As healthcare providers face a perfect storm of impending changes in the regulatory landscape, there has never been more demand for accurate, comprehensive and interpretable information, the kind of information that HIMSS can provide," Underwood said in a recent statement. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as board chair. I look forward to using this role to encourage the collective membership of HIMSS to recognize their contributions to making a difference in health and healthcare as well as to give more by sharing their own knowledge and best practices."

Edited by Rich Steeves
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