The Center for Connected Medicine Welcomes KARL STORZ as Newest Strategic Partner

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The Center for Connected Medicine, a collaborative executive briefing center showcasing the transformation of health care, today welcomed KARL STORZ as its newest strategic partner. Specializing in state-of-the-art technologies for minimally invasive surgery as well as EHR-compatible operating room integration and information management solutions, KARL STORZ becomes the 14 partner of the Center for Connected Medicine.

“We recognize the importance of the Center for Connected Medicine’s collaboration with so many leaders of the health care industry,” says Charlie Wilhelm, President and COO for KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. “Working with the Center reflects the latest initiative by KARL STORZ to pursue innovative advancements that support Information-Driven Care. We look forward to joining the Center’s other partners as we work together to demonstrate the transformation of health care delivery and contributing our perspective on the ongoing need for connected medicine.”

As a global leader in minimally invasive surgical technologies, including instruments, optics, electromechanical devices, software integration and informatics, KARL STORZ will add expertise as a member of the Center for Connected Medicine’s roster of partners specializing in medical instruments and devices. “At the Center, we believe that medical devices play a key role in defining the transformation of health care delivery,” says Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, medical director for the Center for Connected Medicine. “KARL STORZ will bring its unique insights on the future of health care, and we look forward to showcasing what the organization has to offer.”

Established in 2009, the Center for Connected Medicine services as the world’s first collaborative health care executive briefing center and has hosted more than 19,000 visitors representing 58 countries. Those touring the Center engage in discussions about how best to overcome barriers in order to achieve a more cohesive approach to medicine, and experience ways technology developed by each of the Center’s partners can be integrated to transform and enhance care delivery.

The Center for Connected Medicine is the world’s first collaborative health care executive briefing center, supporting stakeholders in defining the transformation of health care. It serves as a resource for innovative patient-centered and population health models, showcasing strategically integrated health information technology. Established in 2009 and located in Pittsburgh, the Center for Connected Medicine is comprised of five founding partners—Alcatel Lucent, GE, IBM, UPMC and Verizon—and a group of strategic partners representing various facets of the health information community. By facilitating connections among those who deliver, receive and support health care, the Center helps promote cultural change, coordinated care delivery and greater patient engagement. To learn more about connected medicine, as well as the Center’s vision and initiatives, please visit .

KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., is an affiliate of KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, an international leader for more than 65 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. For more information, call (800) 421-0837 or visit the company’s Web site at .

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