Siemens Advances Transformational Health IT at HIMSS 2011

Attendees can see Dr. Glaser's vision for the future of health IT and learn how they can improve organizational performance today while laying the foundation to achieve tomorrow's goals.

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Siemens Healthcare (NYSE: SI) will begin demonstrating how healthcare providers can "Take IT Further with Soarian®" in booth #6774 at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Meeting in Orlando. HIMSS 2011 attendees can experience Soarian in an immersive 3D environment and watch examples of how a variety of healthcare organizations are setting new standards of patient care and operational efficiency.

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"Healthcare reform is a change-agent that will touch nearly every individual involved in patient care," said John Glaser, PhD, CEO, Health Services Business Unit, Siemens Healthcare. "The healthcare technology that is selected today can enable providers to deliver exceptional, and ultimately transformative, care. However, it is crucial for organizations to clearly visualize not just their immediate needs, but also the future challenges they may face. Health IT is one solution to address future objectives such as overcoming organizational boundaries, and improving the way providers integrate, communicate and collaborate to deliver exceptional care to their patients."

At the heart of clinical health IT is a need for systems that help providers manage the business of healthcare, enabling organizational efficiency and empowering clinicians to make more informed and timely decisions. Among many other solutions, Siemens will feature Soarian, which utilizes embedded workflow technology, a future-forward design, and powerful analytical capabilities that enable healthcare organizations to plan and respond to the demands of delivering exceptional healthcare. Soarian, with functionality that supports clinical documentation, revenue cycle management, computerized physician order entry, and medication administration and management, has been designed as a scalable solution. This scalability allows Siemens to deliver these solutions to an increasing number of providers and provider organizations, helping them address the complex and dynamic changes that are underway in healthcare.

Dr. Glaser receives top honors at HIMSS

Siemens would also like to congratulate HIMSS on its 50th anniversary as a professional society.  Siemens is proud of its partnership with HIMSS and the work done through the organization and its members. Siemens is also proud of the recognition HIMSS has given Dr. Glaser for his "recognized, lasting and influential contribution to the theory, adoption, and use of healthcare information and management systems." The society selected 10 recipients from each of the five decades that comprise its history. He served as President of the society in 1991 and is a fellow of HIMSS. He previously served as Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Partners HealthCare Inc., Boston; and is a former Senior Advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. This year, Dr. Glaser was also the recipient of the first HISTalk Healthcare IT Lifetime achievement award, for which recipients are nominated and recognized by the readers of this health IT blog. Additionally, Dr. Glaser was also named as one of nine 2011 H.I.T. Men/Women by readers of Healthcare IT News. In this second annual presentation of these industry honors, Dr. Glaser was recognized as a "shaper and influencer" of healthcare IT for his contributions to the field.

Today, Dr. Glaser will present a glimpse into the future state of health IT along with Aneesh Chopra, White House Chief Technology Officer, Assistant to the President, and Associate Director of Technology, Office of Science & Technology Policy.

"A Glimpse at Tomorrow's Technology Today"

Monday, February 21, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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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 – 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 2010 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.4 billion euros and profit of around 750 million euros. For further information please visit:

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