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Siemens Soarian Health Information Management is Widely Adopted by Leading Healthcare Institutions in 2007
Date:10/8/2007

Leading Healthcare Institutions Embrace Technology That Enables Free Flow

of Patient Documentation Throughout the Enterprise

MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Siemens Medical Solutions (http://www.usa.siemens.com/healthcareit) is fulfilling the demand for a workflow-oriented, patient-centric approach to healthcare with its Enterprise Document Management (EDM) and Soarian(R) Healthcare Information Management (HIM) solutions, which are helping healthcare institutions enhance patient care, improve patient safety initiatives, and reduce healthcare costs. Leading healthcare organizations, like many of those which will be participating in this year's 79th Annual American Health and Information Management Association (AHIMA) Convention and Exhibit, have adopted these solutions as a means to assist in streamlining patient data and making information readily available to those in the organizations who need it most.

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"Administrative tasks can be burdensome to healthcare organizations and can sometimes impede upon delivery of care," said Janet Dillione, president, Health Services, the Healthcare IT Division of Siemens Medical Solutions. "Our solutions are designed with a strong workflow orientation and allow for immediate access to crucial patient data throughout the enterprise."

Accessible from any location, EDM and Soarian HIM coordinate processes within and between departments, as well as tasks between users. With their Web-based intuitive user interfaces, the solutions host concurrent and multi- user access, helping to eliminate multiple trips by clinicians and patient financial services staff to the HIM department to access patient data. When patient charts are virtual, costs and time associated with chart storage and retrieval are reduced. Many EDM and Soarian HIM customers are seeing positive outcomes as a result of use at their facilities.

Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), serving patients in 28 counties in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina, was formed in 1998 and currently serves as the largest regional health care system. The system comprises 13 hospitals with more than 1,400 beds, 90 physician practices, 13 urgent and outpatient care sites and 56 affiliated hospitals and nursing homes. Due to its sheer size, MSHA needed to find a way to improve the length of time it took to gain access to important data contained within their patient's medical records and wanted to cut down on the space needed to file medical records. The system completed its full EDM and Soarian HIM implementations in June of 2006. MSHA has seen significant reductions in record delinquency rates at many of its facilities and has seen a drop in costs, such as storage costs. Additionally, photocopying costs were reduced by more than $45,000 between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2007. MSHA also saw an 89 percent reduction in the number of chart pulls between June 2006 and April 2007.

CaroMont Health, an independent, not-for-profit healthcare system anchored by Gaston Memorial Hospital and comprised of seven affiliate companies including a network of 24 primary and specialty physician offices, currently delivers state of the art healthcare to the southwest Piedmont area of North Carolina. CaroMont Health was using paper-based records which slowed physician reviews, treatment coding, quality reviews and billing, and sometimes caused delays in overall patient care. The organization deployed Soarian HIM which has helped improve patient care by providing medical staff with broad and immediate access to patient data. In addition, CaroMont Health has reduced the number of record requests by 30 percent, its record analysis by 50 percent, its medical records delinquency rate by 84 percent, unbilled accounts receivables by 50 percent and photocopying costs by $100,000 annually.

PinnacleHealth System, located in Harrisburg, Pa., is a leading healthcare system serving several counties in Central Pennsylvania. The system is comprised of more than 60 facilities, including four hospitals, two outpatient surgery centers, nine outpatient physical therapy sites and more than a dozen family medicine centers. PinnacleHealth set a goal for its enterprise to become completely paperless a few years ago and began working through a phased in implementation of EDM and Soarian HIM across its departments and enterprise. The phased implementation proved successful as HIM leaders were able to refine their implementation and training strategy as they continued on with their roll-outs. Today, PinnacleHealth has all of its inpatient, short procedure surgery and emergency department records online and has seen a significant reduction in the number of pulls, as well as other benefits.

"We have been able to reduce our release of information cost by 30 percent," said Kim Murawski, director of health information, PinnacleHealth. "Additionally, we've been able to give our physicians access from their homes and offices to the online medical record. This has proven to be a great convenience for our physicians and has helped the workflow within our department to move more efficiently."

Leaders from each of these organizations will be offering up tips and best practices for successful implementations in the Siemens booth (#825) during the featured customer presentation sessions on Monday, October 8, at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 9, at 2:00 p.m.

About Siemens Medical Solutions

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Recent acquisitions in the area of in-vitro diagnostics -- such as Diagnostic Products Corporation and Bayer Diagnostics -- mark a significant milestone for Siemens as it becomes the first full service diagnostics company. Employing more than 41,000 people worldwide and operating in over 130 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 8.23 billion EUR, orders of 9.33 billion EUR and group profit of 1.06 billion EUR for fiscal 2006 (Sept. 30). Further information can be found by visiting http://www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.


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