April 1, 2009 – Siemens Healthcare will highlight workflow enhancements and demonstrate role-based portals, innovative applications, and intelligent information systems for radiology and cardiology at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.
At the Siemens HIMSS booth (#2036), the company will focus on portal-driven workflow, introducing syngo portals that have solutions that are role-based, context-sensitive and knowledge-driven. Role-based portals are the access point to radiological information and context-sensitive tools, allowing information to be available anywhere.
With enhancements made to syngo Portal Radiologist, this solution gives radiologists focused access to important patient information, such as new and previous imaging studies, previous reports, lab values, and allergies, as well as scanned documents all in one application window. The radiologist sees this information without having to access various separate systems at multiple locations. Task-specific tools and information are available with just one click. The goal is to help the clinical staff to work more efficiently by providing a system that seamlessly provides information from HIS, EMR, LAB, RIS, PACS and computer-aided detection (CAD).
The new version V351 of syngo Imaging (Picture Archiving and Communication System - PACS) will feature improvements in scalability and configurability. It comes with enhanced support functionality for the transition from Magic (the legacy Siemens PACS solution) to the new syngo Imaging PACS, Prior Handling/Multi-Patient Handling, as well as support of syngo MammoReport and syngo Expert-I.
This new version also offers a combination of separate computer-aided detection (CAD) and advanced imaging solutions at the PACS viewing workstation. These post-processing applications aim to improve confidence and are geared toward workflow enhancement. New algorithms are the drivers of these applications and the heart and soul of our intelligent post-processing solutions.
Siemens is also showcasing the most recent version of syngo Workflow SLR (Radiology Information System - RIS). Version 30B2 encompasses several new features. For example, syngo Portal Radiologist, designed to provide radiologists efficient access to radiological information and tools, now supports an additional workflow step: ‘medical check of requests’ helps the radiologist to efficiently plan and validate exam orders. The portal has undergone enhancements that improve usability and include features such as ‘peer review’ and improved ‘notes viewer’ for improved interaction and communication between users. The embedded dictation tool, syngo Voice, has been updated to include context sensitive shortcuts, helping to make dictating more efficient. With protocol distribution through syngo Chorus MR, the newest version of syngo Workflow SLR enables bidirectional communication to the modality. Protocols generated at the modality or at syngo Portal Radiologist are stored centrally and are therefore available for follow-up exams as well as for exams of other patients. Finally, enhancements towards clinical notifications make it possible to highlight certain clinical data, supporting prompt awareness of important patient information.
Siemens is also further developing syngo Dynamics (Cardio PACS) to help improve efficiency of clinical procedures in cardiovascular imaging, vascular ultrasound, general imaging and OB/GYN. The upcoming new version 8.01 will include features to enhance the cardiology department workflow. For example, a tool designed for administrative reporting of key performance indicators, such as resource utilization and physician productivity, will allow for greater transparency and therefore support proactive department management. In addition, with a new scheduling option, users will be able to better manage resources in cath and echo labs. In this version, the remote viewing application3 has been re-designed to provide a similar look and feel of the workplace. The application offers a high level of performance - even in low-bandwidth settings, making it possible for physicians to conveniently access images from nearly any location. Finally, in order to maintain continuity in the core applications, version 8.0 is supported on Microsoft’s latest Server 2008 and SQL 2008.
1 This information about this product is preliminary. The product is still under development and not commercially available, and its future availability cannot be ensured.
2 Available for sale in the U.S. only.
3 Reference viewing only
For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare