by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | June 07, 2021
Penn State Health has signed a 10-year contract with Siemens Healthineers for advanced imaging systems to diagnose and treat patients in need of radiology, radiation oncology and cardiology services.
Penn State Health expects to replace 70% of its imaging equipment in the next five years. Through the deal, it aims to provide a more optimal experience for patients and real-time imaging guidance at its primary, specialty and acute care locations, close to where they live.
“This agreement with Siemens Healthineers allows for a more unified and system-level approach to how Penn State Health handles imaging at all of its inpatient and outpatient settings. The patient will benefit from options and the convenience of knowing they will have a similar imaging experience regardless of what Penn State Health facility they are at,” said Dr. Mark Labuski, co-lead of Penn State Health Radiology Services, in a statement.
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The systems already being installed at current and future Penn State Health facilities include AI technologies as well as strong digital connectivity that the healthcare system plans to use to optimize patient diagnosis and treatment plans.
This enhanced connectivity is expected to help radiologists at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center locally read and virtually guide imaging in real time, regardless of where the procedure occurs. It will also be able to monitor radiation safety protocols to optimize radiation dose administration to patients.
"By working together, we can focus on increasing operational efficiencies by leveraging the very latest in digitalization and collaboration tools, and medical imaging technology,” said David Pacitti, president and head of the Americas for Siemens Healthineers.