This morning at TUCON 2013, Siemens Healthcare Services CTO and VP Technology Tommy Richardson took the stage to talk about the work they’re doing in partnership with TIBCO to make the world a healthier place. Siemens is known around the world for its imaging systems, but also produces Soarian—a powerful, flexible electronic medical records system (EMR) built on TIBCO’s platform. Siemens’ challenges include integration, cloud, Big Data, and process, which align perfectly with TIBCO’s products and future vision.
And it couldn’t be a more important opportunity for Siemens and TIBCO. The world of healthcare is going through an extraordinary amount of change. Under pressure to contain costs, providers are increasingly being held accountable for the way they operate and keep their patients healthy; they’re being forced to transform in a way that cost-effectively leads to the best care possible for the communities they serve. And it isn’t easy…they need to constantly capture information from patients doctors, nurses, and systems and treat patients based on the past and the present. Process creates efficiency in Siemens’ world and they deliver healthcare process through the Soarian EMR.
Siemens Addressing Healthcare’s Challenges
Executing healthcare process can be a challenge when delivering care over time in multiple-care settings. Healthcare process is also challenged by the data load associated with it: The typical paper record is more than 200 pages and spread over 19 systems, and the average medical chart weighs 1.5 pounds. Siemens is striving to make healthcare more efficient from an execution standpoint, and also from a cost perspective.
Healthcare is expensive and is currently at 18% to 19% of GDP in the United States—an unsustainable rate. Siemens knows powerful IT can help solve this problem. From the way physicians interact with and diagnose patients to the processes in place for conducting medical procedures, Siemens is actively pursuing ways to make healthcare less expensive and more accountable to the individuals, employers and governments that cover healthcare’s costs.
Delivering Healthcare Around the World
Is Siemens succeeding in its mission? Absolutely. Here’s just one example: It enables access to a patient’s comprehensive medical history, so physicians are allowed to diagnose chronic disease faster and with greater accuracy. This is helping to improve the lives of 83 million people around the world; clinicians are making more informed medical decisions for more than 195,000 patients every hour. Even more, Siemens provides more than 890 million people in developing countries with affordable access to advanced medical imaging—something they never had before.
Bearing witness to the way Siemens Healthcare is using technology, they’re not only solving the pressing global cost challenge, but shaping the future of healthcare and shifting focus toward better patient care and outcomes. TIBCO and Siemens work together to solve problems with the TIBCO platform.
Siemens’ innovative technologies and services, built on TIBCO’s platform, are helping healthcare professionals be more efficient and productive to enable cost-effective, high-quality care and ensure people around the world lead happier, healthier lives.