US health firm signs $100m deal with Siemens

US medical firm Catholic Health Systems has signed a 10-year, $100m (£55m) contract with Siemens Medical Solutions.

US medical firm Catholic Health Systems has signed a 10-year, $100m (£55m) contract with Siemens Medical Solutions.

Siemens will provide CHS with Sienet, a diagnostic imaging system, and Soarian, its web-based hospital information system, which includes clinical and financial modules. 

The systems will be implemented in Catholic Health's four acute-care hospitals over the next three years.

"We had been looking for a partner for the last year that could better meet our imaging and IT needs," said CHS vice-president of IT Jeffrey Baughan.

"We decided that Siemens could deliver a common interface that is web-based and has a short learning curve. What we have seen of Soarian is very intuitive.

"These systems will provide clinicians with patient information when and where they want it," said Clay Bozard, CHS' IT director.

Both Baughan and Bozard said getting employee buy-in is vital for this initiative to succeed. Time and money savings are expected at CHS, but Baughan said it is too early to tell what the returns will be.

"We are not far enough along yet. We expect time savings based on improved workflow efficiencies and data availability. It is hard to put a financial return on investment on this, but we definitely expect a clinical return by delivering more quality [care] outcomes."

Jeff Berman writes for Health-IT World



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