Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


First example of Green+ Hospitals in Germany: Siemens equips Ethianum in Heidelberg with futureproof infrastructure

Joint Press Release by Siemens and Ethianum

The Ethianum in Heidelberg is one of the first clinics in Germany to align itself consistently according to sustainability criteria, thus making it a hospital in keeping with the spirit of Siemens' Green+ Hospital Program. Working in partnership with the Ethianum, Siemens has developed and implemented comprehensive solutions: These include energy management, patient care, and the communications infrastructure. In this way Siemens supports its customer in integrating factors like environmental protection, quality of treatment, and efficiency into the day-to-day processes of its organization. The Ethianum opened its doors in July 2010.

The Ethianum is a Heidelberg-based clinic specializing in plastic surgery, aesthetic surgery and preventive medicine. It is one of the most advanced clinics in Europe. Green+ Hospitals is a program launched by Siemens to align its healthcare portfolio toward sustainability. Siemens thus provides its customers with environmentally friendly solutions in harmony with economic efficiency and high quality for patients.

"A major concern for us, particularly also with regard to ecological aspects, was to act responsibly and develop a clinic that sets standards in healthcare in terms of sustainability," explained Dr. Peter Gorlich, Director of the Ethianum. "Thanks to the solutions from Siemens we don't just reduce our energy requirements to a minimum. More importantly, they support our objective of establishing short examination times and structured treatment paths as the standard in healthcare," added Gorlich.

"Traditionally a pioneer of new developments, Siemens faced up to its social responsibility for mankind and the environment years ago. Today, Siemens is a market leader in green technology.

With its Green+ Hospitals portfolio, our company sets standards in terms of sustainability. Green+ Hospitals is the key to more "green", quality and efficiency, from which the environment, hospital operators and patients will benefit in equal measure," said Wolfgang Bayer, Healthcare Sector CEO, Siemens Germany.

"The Ethianum is comprehensively geared to patient-friendly treatment and intelligent examination workflows, to the benefit of our patients and our staff," said Prof. Dr. Gunter Germann, Medical Director and co-founder of the Ethianum. "Our multimedia terminals installed directly at the patient's bedside also contribute to high standards in patient quality, enabling the patient to interact with clinic staff and access personal examination appointments or treatment plans."

Energy management

As a solutions provider, Siemens ensures cost-effective and energy-efficient operation of the Ethianum's building technology, including e.g. heating, ventilation and cooling systems. The investment in leading-edge building technology is calculated over the entire lifecycle. About 80 percent of the costs for a building are incurred in the operating phase, with 40 percent of this being energy costs alone.

Building automation systems from Siemens also ensure seamless interaction of all components and technical systems. Intelligent building management enables the complex processes in the technical systems to be visualized and the operating characteristics to be optimized accordingly.

This puts the clinic in a position to achieve savings without sacrificing convenience. Siemens also provides data for what are called "green building monitors". In this way the company creates the basis for displaying all current energy consumption in the building at a glance, and also keeps users informed with weather forecast data and energy-saving tips.

Quality for the patient

The Ethianum aims to make diagnostic examinations as pleasant as possible for the patients. With this in mind, Siemens has supplied the Magnetom Verio, a high-field magnetic resonance (MR) tomography scanner with a particularly large 70-centimeter opening bore. This is especially considerate of patients who tend to suffer feelings of anxiety. Siemens' innovative Tim (Total imaging matrix) technology significantly shortens examination times in the MR scanner and so helps patients and staff complete the examination more efficiently. Magnetom Verio delivers clinical images of very high quality and at the same time operates extremely economically in terms of resource usage, and is environmentally friendly since the magnet has a closed helium cycle.

This means that no helium escapes and so there is also no need to replenish this expensive raw material.

Previous experiences from real-world practice show that many patients feel more at ease and relaxed if the examination room is not decorated in a clinical white. Specialist medical staff and physicians also affirm that they feel a colorful ambience creates a much more pleasant working environment. Accordingly, Siemens has designed the MR room with a light installation. A 1.77 by 1.40 meter Ethianum logo bathes the room in different colors, thus creating a friendly atmosphere for all involved.

Radiography, too, stands under the aegis of "sustainability" in the Ethianum: The Axiom Aristos VX Plus digital X-ray system requires neither X-ray films nor developer chemistry and saves technicians having to perform many of the usual operating steps. A detector, similar to the photo chip in a digital camera, captures the image data and converts it into electronic X-ray images. At the same time the radiation dose can be reduced considerably compared to conventional film and cassette based technologies. The images are then sent directly from the X-ray system over a data network to the examining physician's workplace, where they can be post-processed and viewed. The physician can then immediately discuss the results with the patient.

Additionally, Ethianum procured an Acuson S2000 from Siemens. The primary use of this high-end ultrasound system will be for vascular examinations as well as those of the abdomen and heart. The ultrasound system is a highly versatile device. The clinic can ensure the investment through upgrades in the future and the deployment of additional options for the Acuson S2000.

Efficient communication

An intelligent communications network supports the physicians and specialist medical staff in delivering the best possible care to patients in the Ethianum. The HiMed Cockpit, a 15-inch monitor with keyboard, gives patients their own multimedia console, with television, video and internet access, at their bedside. Thanks to a personalized chipcard, physicians and specialist medical staff have secure access to the sensitive data of the hospital information system.

This optimizes processes in the hospital, with energy savings as an added bonus, makes the latest patient information available faster, and smoothes the way to a paperless hospital. What's more, the Cockpit also allows patients to control the climate in their room.

All the data runs via the Enterasys LAN and WLAN network. All communication, from telephoning to calling a nurse, is IP (Internet Protocol)-based. The Ethianum uses IP telephones from the OpenStage and Gigaset series as terminals in its departments. These have a reputation as the most energy-saving devices of this type on the market.

Background information: Green+ Hospitals

Green+ Hospitals is a program launched by Siemens to align its healthcare portfolio toward sustainability. Siemens thus provides its customers with environmentally friendly solutions that are in harmony with economic efficiency and optimum quality for patients. This means, for example, that Siemens helps its customers

• to comply with emission regulations and at the same time respond to increasing electricity and gas prices with new solutions

• to respond to changes in the compensation system with optimized workflows and greater sustainability

• to generate competitive advantages through higher quality and patient comfort.

There are three key priorities facing Green+ Hospitals to assure the long-term infrastructure in the healthcare sector: environmental compatibility, efficiency, and quality.

Contacts for press queries
Ethianum Press Office
Wiesenhüttenstrase 11,
D-60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel: +49 69 - 920 10 181
Fax: +49 1805 - 224393 063

Siemens Healthcare
Media Relations
Florian Gersbach
Telephone: +49 9131 84-3473
The products mentioned here are not commercially available in all countries. Due to regulatory reasons the future availability in any country cannot be guaranteed. Further details are available from the local Siemens organizations.

The outcomes achieved by the Siemens customers described herein were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Since there is no "typical" hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that others will achieve the same results.

Ethianum - Clinic for Plastic-Reconstructive and Esthetic Surgery and Preventive Medicine at the University Clinic Heidelberg

The Ethianum is a privately-run clinic under the medical direction of Prof. Dr. Gunter Germann, with its registered office in Heidelberg. The range of services offered includes preventive medicine as well as reconstructive and plastic surgery. The clinic cooperates closely in the clinical and academic domain with the University Clinic Heidelberg.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source ¡V from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 48,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2009 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 11.9 billion euros and profit of around 1.5 billion euros.

Florian Gersbach | Siemens Healthcare
Further information:

More articles from Medical Engineering:

nachricht Gentle sensors for diagnosing brain disorders
29.09.2016 | King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

nachricht New imaging technique in Alzheimer’s disease - opens up possibilities for new drug development
28.09.2016 | Lund University

All articles from Medical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

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

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...

Im Focus: Diamonds aren't forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...

Im Focus: New Products - Highlights of COMPAMED 2016

COMPAMED has become the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing. The trade fair, which takes place every November and is co-located to MEDICA in Dusseldorf, has been steadily growing over the past years and shows that medical technology remains a rapidly growing market.

In 2016, the joint pavilion by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, the Product Market “High-tech for Medical Devices”, will be located in Hall 8a again and will...

Im Focus: Ultra-thin ferroelectric material for next-generation electronics

'Ferroelectric' materials can switch between different states of electrical polarization in response to an external electric field. This flexibility means they show promise for many applications, for example in electronic devices and computer memory. Current ferroelectric materials are highly valued for their thermal and chemical stability and rapid electro-mechanical responses, but creating a material that is scalable down to the tiny sizes needed for technologies like silicon-based semiconductors (Si-based CMOS) has proven challenging.

Now, Hiroshi Funakubo and co-workers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in collaboration with researchers across Japan, have conducted experiments to...

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

Resolving the mystery of preeclampsia

21.10.2016 | Health and Medicine

Stanford researchers create new special-purpose computer that may someday save us billions

21.10.2016 | Information Technology

From ancient fossils to future cars

21.10.2016 | Materials Sciences

More VideoLinks >>>