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Siemens and Northwell Health enter population health imaging research partnership

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | December 01, 2016
CT MRI Population Health X-Ray
Promoting a more patient-centered
imaging approach
Siemens Healthineers and Northwell Health announced today a four-year partnership to focus on population health research.

"Northwell Health and Siemens Healthineers are committing resources and personnel to conduct outcomes-based research focused on identifying high-value imaging care pathways that can be translated to clinical practice to enhance health outcomes in the most cost effective manner," Dr. Jason Naidich, senior vice president of imaging at Northwell Health and chairman of radiology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, told HCB News.

Siemens will supply funding and research support to Northwell Health's Imaging Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research Program. The company will also dispatch full-time employees to work with Northwell on research and population health management efforts.

Preliminary findings from the partnership's first study, "Value of Advanced Imaging in Improving Health Outcomes and Health Care Spending in Acute Stroke," reveal that advanced imaging is preferred in acute stroke care and leads to better long-term health outcomes.

Dr. Pina Sanelli, the vice chair for research at Northwell Health and principal investigator, stated that the decision between CT or MR varies based on the patient's specific characteristics. The health system is trying to promote a patient-centered imaging approach.

The preliminary findings suggest that more research will be required to get a fuller understanding of the long-term benefits, harms and costs for different imaging approaches in acute stroke care based on a variety of patient characteristics.

Northwell Health is a health system based in New York with 21 hospitals and more than 500 outpatient practices. They care for over 1.8 million people per year.

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