by Lauren Dubinsky
, Senior Reporter | January 25, 2018
Siemens Healthineers announced on Tuesday that it entered a multiphase collaboration agreement with Florida Hospital to improve health care outcomes.
"Florida Hospital partnership decisions are based on aligned strategies, expertise and resources, as well as a common commitment to solve today's health care challenges, along with the recognition that we cannot solve those challenges alone,” Jan Moysey, director of alliance innovation and development for Florida Hospital Alliance & Innovation eXchange, told HCB News. “We have found Siemens shares these commitments and values, and they are one of several other companies with whom we partner."
Florida Hospital runs 26 hospitals, employs more than 32,000 people and has over 4,600 patient beds. It cares for more than two million patients per year — that’s more than any other hospital in the U.S., according to the American Hospital Association.
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This collaboration is bringing together Siemens’ industry expertise and advanced imaging technology, and Florida Hospital’s integrated delivery network, to develop outcomes-based projects. For Phase I, Siemens and Florida Hospital Celebration Health will work on cardiac CT angiography clinical protocols.
The objective of this six-month study is to accurately evaluate and manage intermediate–risk patients who present at Celebration Health’s emergency department with acute chest pain. The hospital’s SOMATOM Definition Flash dual-source CT system, which was developed by Siemens, will be used as part of the study.
“This first project specifically examines impact on ED and Observation workflow by incorporating newer technology benefits of the dual source CT,” said Moysey. “It's a common issue for hospital systems to leave clinical protocols as is, and not fully use their new technology as an enabler for improvement. This study will measure the real-world data impact of protocol changes made possible by technology."
The future phases of the collaboration agreement will involve other projects that also examine the continuum of care and lead to the development of better clinical pathways.