Siemens Soarian Continues to Gain Traction at Healthcare Facilities Across the Country

Providers in Virginia, Nebraska and New York Go Live on Clinical Modules

Sep 21, 2004, 01:00 ET from Siemens Medical Solutions

    MALVERN, Pa., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Siemens Medical Solutions
 announces that healthcare providers in several regions have recently gone live
 on Soarian(R), Siemens new generation health information solution, with
 modules including Soarian Clinical Team, Clinical Access and Scheduling:
     Riverside Walter Reed Hospital of the Riverside Health System in
 Gloucester, Va., which was previously the first hospital to go live on two
 Soarian clinical modules simultaneously, has now added Soarian Clinical Team
 to its Soarian Clinical Access and Soarian Common Clinicals modules. The
 Soarian Clinical Team module offers functions such as Nursing Assessment,
 Patient Charting, and Intakes & Outputs.
     Lakeside Hospital of Omaha, Neb., part of the Alegent Health System, has
 gone live on Soarian Clinical Access, a longitudinal clinical repository that
 enables users across departments to view patient histories, demographics,
 allergies, results and images from multiple information systems, in a single
 object-oriented database.
     Saint Joseph's Medical Center of Yonkers, N.Y. has gone live on Soarian
 Scheduling. Saint Joseph's previously used manual (paper) appointment
 scheduling, but is now entering more than 100 appointments per day through the
 Soarian Scheduling automated solution.
     Riverside Walter Reed, a 70-bed facility, trained 200 users on Soarian
 Clinical Team in its hospital-wide implementation. In addition, the hospital
 is the first to use the Intakes & Outputs and Vital Signs functions hospital-
 wide. Other live functions include Admissions Assessments, Census Viewing,
 Charge on Order, Event-Driven Routing, Full Assessments, Full Order Entry,
 Results, Worklisting, and Kardex Reports.
     John Stanley, senior vice president and CIO of Riverside Health System,
 commented, "As we continue our Soarian rollout, we're moving incrementally
 toward our goal of a complete electronic health record. Every implementation
 brings both challenges and rewards, so I commend the tremendous effort and
 dedication of our hospital staff, Information Systems department and Siemens
 for keeping us at the forefront of IT innovation."
     The new Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital, a full-service, digitally-driven
 "smart" hospital that opened August 2, is now live on Soarian Clinical Access,
 which has been seamlessly integrated with Soarian HIM (Health Information
 Management); SIENET(R) RIS/PACS and imaging modalities including X-ray,
 computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), ultrasound, mammography and
 nuclear medicine systems; Siemens Pharmacy; and INVISION(R) Patient
     According to Dr. Michael Westcott, Alegent Health's medical director of
 informatics, more than 500 clinicians have been trained on the system so far,
 and their feedback has been very positive. He added, "With Soarian Clinical
 Access, all documents are captured through the system or at the point of
 creation/registration, thus enabling Lakeside to dramatically reduce its
 reliance on paper charts. Medical images and documents are available from any
 device, and our staff can access them on any floor of the hospital using card
 swipes and fingerprint IDs. Our physicians also have access to these
 applications from their homes and offices."
     At Saint Joseph's, a progressive medical center including a 194-bed acute
 care hospital and a 200-bed nursing home, seven registrars are now using
 Soarian Scheduling to schedule between 500-700 appointments a week for 40
 resources within Saint Joseph's Family Health Center.
     Soarian Scheduling is supporting the Family Practice, Obstetrics,
 Colposcopy, Social Work, Prenatal, and Muscular Skeletal departments, as well
 as the Procedure and Dietary Clinics at Saint Joseph's. According to Deborah
 DiBernardo, director of Information Systems, the facility plans to continue
 its Scheduling rollout to the URGI Center and Radiology next, and then expand
 hospital-wide to the remaining outpatient clinics.
     "Soarian Scheduling is helping us maximize our resources and provide even
 better service to our patients by having more complete clinical and financial
 information available when we book appointments. The system will not only
 empower us to meet the demand for seamless, personalized service, it will also
 give us the tools to measure and continually improve it," DiBernardo noted.
 Saint Joseph's handles more than 300,000 outpatient visits annually.
     "As a group, our Soarian customers are experiencing greater efficiencies,
 improved care delivery and increased staff satisfaction," said Thomas Miller,
 president, IT division, Siemens Medical. He added, "Many of these providers'
 experiences also demonstrate how a Siemens INVISION customer can incrementally
 move to a Soarian environment while applying the best of both worlds in the
     Soarian integrates clinical, financial, diagnostic and administrative
 processes to support patient-centered care. The solution is distinguished by
 three innovative characteristics: it is workflow-engineered to synchronize
 processes across the health enterprise; its smart user interface is designed
 to accommodate tasks based on the roles of individual users; and it has
 embedded analytics that empower users to proactively monitor and measure an
 enterprise's performance, and then act on those conclusions. Additionally, by
 bringing together images and data seamlessly from a variety of medical
 modalities in one location, Soarian helps facilitate more informed clinical
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 Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers
 to the healthcare industry in the world. The company is known for bringing
 together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems,
 management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve
 tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Employing
 approximately 31,000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120
 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7.4 billion EUR, orders
 of 7.8 billion EUR and group profit of 1.1 billion EUR for fiscal 2003. More
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