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Siemens enhances role-based portals to boost workflow efficiencies

Siemens Healthcare Deutschland : 27 November, 2007  (New Product)
The Siemens Medical Solutions Image and Knowledge Management Division has revealed a number of new enhancements to its portfolio and is demonstrating the are role-based, context-sensitive and knowledge-driven solutions at the 93rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, USA.
'We have found that the combination of our role-based portals, innovative applications, and strong information systems can help our customers make significant workflow improvements,' explained Ajit Singh, PhD, president, Siemens Medical Solutions Image and Knowledge Management division. 'Workflow enhancements are key to driving greater efficiency, allowing for stronger communication and time-savings among caregivers, and giving more time for patient interaction and care.'

The company’s syngo portals serve as a crucial component to workflow innovation, as they are the intelligent access point to information and applications critical to the daily functions of radiologists and other caregivers. At RSNA, Siemens is showcasing the following portals:

syngo Portal Radiologist is role-based and logically structured for radiologists performing specific tasks. Three task areas: Check Requests, Read Images, and Sign Reports, allow radiologists the ability to organize their work according to the workflow step. Quick and precise reading with syngo Voice, the online dictation tool embedded within syngo Portal Radiologist, can optimise reporting quality and speed.

- syngo Portal Referring Physician offers role-based workflow support,
allowing referring physicians to quickly and securely interact with the
radiology department. The portal allows for easy scheduling of
appointments directly from the ward or referring physician's office and
offers predefined request sheets and the ability for referring
physicians to quickly search for available appointment times.

- syngo Portal Executive provides a top-down approach, allowing
proactive management of issues relevant to executives and managers. The
user interface will be easy to customise and will provide real-time historical
data, drilling down capabilities, trending and data-mining

There are also new enhancements to syngo TrueD, a multimodality application used as a tool for cancer management. The latest version of syngo TrueD enhances the ability to compare patient scans over time, by allowing the user to simultaneously display three studies, such as a baseline and two follow-up exams. Compared to earlier versions of syngo TrueD, the visualisation of respiratory-gated studies has improved for lesion tracking across the respiratory cycle.

syngo TrueD was designed for the oncology workflow, including diagnosis, staging and assessment of cancer treatment response. The application enables efficient reading of patient scans from hybrid imaging systems, such as positron emission tomography and Computed tomography (PET-CT) and single photon emission Computed tomography (SPECT-CT).

syngo TrueD provides advanced image analysis and comparison, including a suite of change detection tools, to enable a more informed diagnosis and treatment. The newest version of syngo TrueD allows users to quickly fuse and compare up to three studies, including magnetic resonance (MRI), CT, PET and SPECT imaging exams.

'Read anything from anywhere,' said James Busch, MD, chief executive officer, Specialty Networks and a radiologist with Diagnostic Radiology Consultants (DRC). 'syngo TrueD is a powerful post-processing application focusing on CAD and fusion imaging. The user interface is intuitive which drastically simplifies PET.CT interpretation and it's available wherever the radiologist is interpreting images.'

Siemens has also enhanced its syngo Imaging solution , which is an underlying enabler in supporting workflow. In addition to the integration with CAD applications, such as syngo TrueD and syngo Colonography PEV (Polyp Enhanced Viewing), the newest version also allows for fast and easy installation of syngo Studio, the main 2D image reading application. This functionality does not require administrator rights, allowing the tool to be launched directly from a computer desktop.

'Following our upgrade of syngo Imaging, we noticed improvements right away,' explained Frank Kriege, head of information technology, Elisabeth Hospital in Essen, Germany. 'On the administration side, the software was easy to install. We were able to complete installations within minutes. On the user side, the image loading time became shorter. We really appreciate the excellent stability of the system.'

Based on a centralised system architecture, syngo Imaging is adaptable to the structures and processes in hospitals or practices, ranging from a small- scale solution to a completely integrated high-end system across several locations.

To give a radiologist optimised support in patient diagnosis, syngo Imaging, with syngo Studio, can be supplemented with 3D and other post processing functionalities. With syngo's familiar look and feel for all modalities and workplaces, syngo Imaging is delivered in a way that is easy to learn, use and share.

'The newest version of syngo Imaging has proven to be a robust release, with excellent image access speed and performance,' explained Dr Busch. 'The radiologists appreciated the new features, and are most pleased with the 'flexible' keyboard that allows them efficient and personalised interaction. In addition, this upgrade has drastically improved our ability to distribute images to our referring physicians with the syngo web-based Studio application, which can now be easily deployed anywhere inside and outside our network.'
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