Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


Increased efficiency and process optimization in the hospital

Siemens hospital information system considerably enhanced

Effective immediately, Siemens Healthcare is offering EHP4 (Enhancement Package 4) for its hospital information system (HIS). In keeping with the new HIS development strategy " goes Soarian," design features of the Soarian HIS have been integrated in for the first time. For example, the new ward documentation workstation for now features a new user interface with a Soarian-oriented operating concept. Other innovations offered by EHP4 include e.g. an integrated graphic curve, the "OP" documentation workstation, bed allocation management compatible with SOA (service oriented architecture), as well as supplements to the Medication module for a more extensive and more efficient prescription process.

Siemens supports its customers in efficient workflow design with a number of new processoriented modules and functions included in EHP4 (Enhancement Package 4) for the hospital information system (HIS). "Our customers face the day-to-day challenge of cutting costs while at the same time improving the treatment process. Siemens offers solutions for continuous process enhancement that are geared to our customers' needs. We understand the market and its inherent dynamics. Hardly any other competitor can offer a comparable level of know-how in addition to its portfolio," says Stefan Herm, Senior Vice President of Health Services Europe at Siemens Healthcare Sector.

In the new release, has been enhanced with elements characteristic of the Soarian HIS, whose design unites all of the features that distinguish an innovative HIS today: smart user interface, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and active workflow support.

Information management with the documentation workstations

Features and functions are often the dominating selection criteria for IT solutions. Siemens is following a different philosophy with the ward documentation workstation: The new module maps routine clinical situations and serves as a comprehensive production control and monitoring system. Only the information relevant to the user for the current phase of treatment is withdrawn from the patient record and displayed. Extensive filter functions within the record structure support the decision-making process in routine cases. All of the following steps required to process tasks are automatically inferred and can be preallocated with data as far as possible. Inpatient processes can thus be administered and coordinated in hospitals more effectively than before. The physician has an overview of all the important information on previous treatment when making his rounds. Measured values such as vital signs and information on the medicines administered can be visualized graphically. New task management functions enable cross-role communication in order to easily and reliably coordinate the cooperation between the physicians and the nursing staff.

According to these basic principles, the OR and Radiology documentation workstations were also redesigned taking specific departmental requirements into consideration. Depending on the user's role, a predefined task profile is applied and a situation-oriented view of the patient record is provided. The linkage of the radiology workstation to an image archive also enables direct references to existing image studies from the diagnostic reporting process.

Optimal utilization of resources with allocation management

The bed resources of one or more hospitals can be viewed and managed using the allocation management feature. The functional scope of the allocation management also includes time scheduling and integration with the patient administration and station management functions. At the same time, multiple systems containing patient data can be connected. This makes it possible to use the allocation management feature without drastically restructuring the hospital IT system. Due to the SOA architecture, it is also generally possible to integrate patient management systems that are not SAP-based. The prerequisite for this is a suitable service interface. The allocation management feature can be used on all systems where the Internet Explorer is installed on the corresponding client.

Logging data accesses with Application Logging

Application Logging records write and read accesses to patient-related medical documentation, specifying the point of time and the executing user. The scope and contents of the log can be configured in order to control the volume of data generated during logging.

More comprehensive and more efficient prescription process with Medication

The new functions of Medication simplify the administration of complex drug catalogs as well as the recording and administration of prescriptions. This includes an extended medicine search function and a fast input feature for standard prescriptions. The physician often requires the patient's current medication status and vital signs for a prescription. A graphic progress display showing the interaction between the prescription and the curve provides the required information at a glance, thus helping to save time when recording the prescription.

Efficient outpatient workflows by integrating assignment and scheduling

Outpatient departments are also increasingly using scheduling as a means of enhancing the utilization of their capacities while simultaneously achieving short patient waiting times. New functions featured in more strongly integrate schedule management in assignment recording than previously. Basic information such as the referring physician, diagnosis and required treatment is recorded immediately during the first appointment scheduling. The outpatient department therefore already has more extensive information on the patient in the planning phase. In addition, the time required to record the necessary information when the patient arrives is kept short.

About the hospital information system

The software solution is the only clinical information system worldwide that is fully integrated into SAP. The hospital information system is used in over 300 clinics located in Belgium, Chile, Germany, Israel, Italy, Columbia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, and Turkey. is thus one of the world's leading healthcare IT solutions. Based on the industry solution "SAP for Healthcare," the hospital information system offers functionalities for the clinical area. Since recently, all rights of use and patent rights belonging to the software are owned by Siemens.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the largest suppliers of healthcare technology worldwide. The company is a medical solution provider with core competences and innovative strengths in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as knowledge processing, including information technology and system integration. With its acquisitions in laboratory diagnostics, Siemens Healthcare is the first integrated healthcare company that combines imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy solutions and medical information technology and also supplements these with consultation and services. Siemens Healthcare offers solutions for the entire supply chain under one roof - from prevention and early detection to diagnosis and on to treatment and aftercare. In addition, Siemens Healthcare is the world market leader for innovative hearing instruments. The company employs some 49,000 employees worldwide and is present in more than 130 countries. During fiscal 2008 (ending on September 30), Siemens Healthcare achieved a total sales volume of 11.17 billion euros and incoming orders totaling 11.78 billion euros. The Sector profit from operations amounted to €1.23 billion (preliminary figures).

Marion Bludszuweit | Siemens Healthcare Sector
Further information:

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht Fraunhofer FIT joins Facebook's Telecom Infra Project
25.10.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT

nachricht Stanford researchers create new special-purpose computer that may someday save us billions
21.10.2016 | Stanford University

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Novel light sources made of 2D materials

Physicists from the University of Würzburg have designed a light source that emits photon pairs. Two-photon sources are particularly well suited for tap-proof data encryption. The experiment's key ingredients: a semiconductor crystal and some sticky tape.

So-called monolayers are at the heart of the research activities. These "super materials" (as the prestigious science magazine "Nature" puts it) have been...

Im Focus: Etching Microstructures with Lasers

Ultrafast lasers have introduced new possibilities in engraving ultrafine structures, and scientists are now also investigating how to use them to etch microstructures into thin glass. There are possible applications in analytics (lab on a chip) and especially in electronics and the consumer sector, where great interest has been shown.

This new method was born of a surprising phenomenon: irradiating glass in a particular way with an ultrafast laser has the effect of making the glass up to a...

Im Focus: Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion

Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...

Im Focus: New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...

Im Focus: Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

Agricultural Trade Developments and Potentials in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

14.10.2016 | Event News

World Health Summit – Day Three: A Call to Action

12.10.2016 | Event News

Latest News

Prototype device for measuring graphene-based electromagnetic radiation created

28.10.2016 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Gamma ray camera offers new view on ultra-high energy electrons in plasma

28.10.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

When fat cells change their colour

28.10.2016 | Life Sciences

More VideoLinks >>>