Siemens' syngoOR software platform to seamlessly integrate with Karl Storz' OR1 solution

Chicago 16 October 2003Siemens Medical Solutions has introduced a new integrated solution for the operating room (OR), the syngoOR software platform, at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 89th annual clinical congress, held October 19-23 in Chicago, Illinois. This solution delivers an OR-specific platform that contributes the smooth and continuous flow of information from medical imaging systems, workstations, and the facility's information technology (IT) system to OR equipment and systems.


Siemens syngoOR is designed to be integrated seamlessly with the OR1 solution from Karl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc., specialised in diagnostic and operative endoscope technology. Siemens has entered into a worldwide co-operation with Karl Storz to bundle the companies' development efforts for an integrated OR system, in addition to offering a complete solution to meet the needs of today's OR and optimize the interaction between surgeons, medical personnel, and areas both inside and outside the OR.

"Siemens is committed to offering the products, services and solutions to ensure seamless work flows throughout the health care enterprise, to ultimately improve the quality of treatment and increase efficiency", stated Holger Schmidt, president of the Siemens Special Products Division. "This OR solution being offered by Siemens and Karl Storz will provide a comprehensive and uniform solution for the entire clinical process."

OR1 from Karl Storz offers equipment management and control throughout the OR's sterile environment, including networking of endoscopic and surgical components; integration of peripherals, from the OR table and generator, to telephones and room lighting; and interfacing of image and video communication, all with an ergonomic design to reduce stress for the surgical team.

syngoOR from Siemens brings essential IT capabilities to the OR, providing direct access on one workstation to patient data and diagnostic imaging information including integration of ultrasound imaging, while also offering an intuitive user interface, as well as standardized documentation and archiving. The system also can be upgraded to a local-area network system for the OR and provide an interface to the facility's IT systems. syngoOR virtually eliminates unnecessary movement in the OR to collect important data, while providing improved work flow through the immediate availability of information.

With the syngoOR/OR1 solution, real-time, intra-operative image data from endoscopy, X-ray or ultrasound systems is displayed on a ceiling- or trolley-mounted, 18-inch flat screen, which can be ergonomically adjusted and positioned within the surgeon's field of view. A second screen, just a glance away, functions as a "digital image viewer" and is used for the concurrent display of pre-operative image data such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance, positron emission tomography images, giving the surgeon access to all relevant diagnostic image information. The easy-to-use, intuitive touch screen commands allow the surgeon to control OR functions, while maintaining a sterile field.

The video and IT capabilities of OR1 and syngoOR also enable surgeons to quickly confer with colleagues during a procedure, whether they're connecting across the building or the country. And the integrated OR concept behind both solutions is based on a modular design, so they can be individually adapted and upgraded to meet the requirements of the current and future OR.

"We're pleased to join forces with Siemens to bring this innovative integrated OR solution to our health care customers", stated Harry Getz, marketing manager, OR1, for Karl Storz. "Together, we offer a cost-effective solution for the OR and interventional rooms that not only meets the requirements of today's physicians, but can be seamlessly upgraded through interface expansion to keep pace as their needs evolve."

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG with headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Erlangen, Germany, is one of the largest suppliers to the health care industry in the world. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, health care information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes.

From imaging systems for diagnosis, to therapy equipment for treatment, to patient monitors, hearing instruments and beyond, Siemens innovations contribute to the health and well-being of people across the globe, while improving operational efficiencies and optimizing work flow in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, and doctors' offices. Employing approximately 31.000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7,6 billion euro, orders of 8,4 billion euro and group profit of 1 billion euro for fiscal 2002.

Karl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc. is an affiliate of Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG, an international expert for more than 50 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialities. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. More information on the company is available in the VMW May 2002 article Northwestern Memorial Hospital implements Karl Storz custom-built surgical suites for minimally invasive procedures.

Leslie Versweyveld

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