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Munich International Orthopedic Center signs ten-year innovation agreement with Siemens

Siemens Healthcare Deutschland : 09 May, 2008  (Application Story)
A new orthopaedic clinic has opened in Munich, Germany, which features state-of-the-art medical systems from Siemens Healthcare, including a 1.5-tesla magnetic resonance imager, an X-ray system, several ultrasound units, and an image archiving and communication system specifically designed for radiology applications.
A 3-tesla magnetic resonance system for patient images with even higher resolution is to be installed later this year. Additionally, the renowned expert for sports medicine has entered into a ten-year strategic innovation agreement with Siemens. Under the agreement, Siemens will provide maintenance and ongoing updates to the systems of the Munich-based clinic, both in the form of software updates and by replacing the existing systems with next generation models.

'We want to offer innovative orthopaedic and sports medicine that meets the highest quality demands and uses the latest technology,' explained the company founders Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, the director of the Munich International Orthopedic Center, and Franco Renzo, chairman of the management board of the MW Group. 'Siemens' special innovation model allows us to meet these expectations and to focus on what matters most to us, the health of our patients.'

'In clinical applications, factors such as service quality, sustained trustful relationships with patients, but also the use of innovative technologies increasingly determines the level of profitability. Healthcare facilities cannot ignore these developments, and also have to pursue the greatest possible transparency with regard to medical quality,' explained Dr Peter Gorlich, general manager of the MW Group. 'Healthcare services that combine the success factors of high-quality results, sustained doctor-patient contact, and use of innovative technology, are considered premium products and can be assured of high patient demand.'
'Success-oriented healthcare providers want their investments in new devices and systems and the corresponding maintenance to remain calculable over the long term. These entrepreneurs also have to prove their worth in the competition for customers, which requires state-of-the-art technology,' said Albert Muggli, head of the Siemens branch office in Munich. 'We are proud to meet the precise needs of the MW Group with our new innovation model.'

The declared goal of the Muller-Wohlfahrt Group is to establish medical centres in the form of micro-clinics that offer high-quality, specialised healthcare services. In keeping with this strategy, Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt opened the International Orthopedic Center, a new micro-clinic for orthopaedic treatment and sports medicine, in Munich in May 2008.

In addition to the e-Health specialist InterComponentWare (ICW), which was selected as the supplier of the LifeSensor platform and solutions for IT integration, the physician was pleased to discover that Siemens Healthcare was able to deliver top-of-the-line technology for magnetic resonance imaging, X-ray imaging, ultrasound, image archiving, and communication from a single source.

Siemens also proved to be a strategic service partner for high-value medical technology products, and was able to offer an Ďall-round carefree’ maintenance package for ten years. This means that Siemens will not only maintain the hardware and software to ensure its consistent availability, but also continuously upgrade the equipment to keep it at the newest level of technical development.
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