St. Mary's Medical Center implements health information system from Siemens Healthcare

Malvern 29 May 2008St. Mary's Medical Center has completed the implementation of Soarian, a health information management system that supports the delivery of optimum care, from Siemens Healthcare. The facility will leverage the benefits of both Soarian Clinicals and Soarian Financials which respectively address specific needs related to the patient care process. Soarian will help St. Mary's to improve productivity and drive throughput while making critical information available to authorized caregivers at all points of care.

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The system will support the delivery of a higher standard of patient care at St. Mary's as physicians and staff members will now be able to access several types of patient information via one solution. Soarian includes all of the medical information needed to take a patient from registration, to treatment and recovery. Once a patient is ready for discharge, Soarian Financials will enable improved accuracy related to billing. In addition to the caregivers at St. Mary's, patients may also receive an enhanced experience of care delivery as a result of Soarian Clinicals patient centred work flows.

"This is an important new tool for our clinical and medical staff", stated Libby Bosley, vice president of patient services at St. Mary's. "Soarian allows our employees to get all the information they need about patients from one system. It has a series of checks and balances that takes St. Mary's high standard of patient care even further."

Implementing this new technology was a major project that took more than two years of planning among several departments at St. Mary's, including Hospital Information Services, Organizational Learning and Development and St. Mary's clinical staff. Employees received training for three months before they began using the system with real patients in the medical centre.

"By focusing on the co-ordination of the processes surrounding the patient experience, Soarian reduces hand-offs and promotes standardization for more measurable and predictable outcomes", stated Janet Dillione, chief executive officer, Health Services, Siemens Healthcare. "We are proud to support leading organisations such as St. Mary's which are dedicated to providing the highest level of care for patients."

St. Mary's Medical Center is the largest medical facility in the tri-state region and is Cabell County, West Virginia's largest private employer with over 2440 employees. Housing 393 beds, St. Mary's is the second-largest single health care facility in West Virginia.

As a teaching facility associated with the Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine, St. Mary's trains medical residents in several specialities. The hospital campus is home to the St. Mary's School of Nursing, the St. Mary's School of Medical Imaging and the St. Mary's School of Respiratory Care. All three programmes are associated with Marshall University.

St. Mary's Centers of Excellence in Cardiac care, Cancer treatment, Emergency/Trauma services and Neuroscience, feature the exceptional technology and medical expertise that make St. Mary's Medical Center the region's medical leader. Advanced medical care delivered with compassion is the hallmark of St. Mary's reputation since its inception by the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in 1924.

Siemens Healthcare is one of the world's largest suppliers to the health care industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare is the first fully integrated diagnostics company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and health care information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services.

Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care - from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. Additionally, Siemens is a global market expert in innovative hearing instruments. The company employs more than 49.000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2007 - September 30, Siemens Healthcare reported sales of 9,85 billion euro, orders of 10,27 billion euro, and group profit of 1,32 billion euro. More company news is available in the VMW June 2008 article IBM and Siemens Healthcare team to help community hospitals reduce operating costs and energy consumption.


Leslie Versweyveld

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