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The primary challenge is to improve the usability of big data by healthcare sector

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Vivek Kanade, Exceutive Director, Siemens Healthineers, explains how his company is leveraging technologies to add value to their exisiting business

How has digital technologies helped you provide value-based healthcare services?

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Vivek Kanade

The concept of ‘value-based healthcare’ compares successful treatment for an individual patient with spending on such treatment. Through our digital technologies, we are able to contribute to value-based healthcare by enabling fast, simple and seamless interaction between providers of data and knowledge.

Which are the digital technologies that you are currently utilising at Siemens Healthineers?

  • The teamplay cloud-based network enables networking of experts and more efficient use of imaging modalities
  • PEPconnect for individual learning experience with over 7,000 learning activities, in up to seven languages
  • Sense is an ehealth solution that offers a secure way to exchange patient data among physicians, institutions, and patients
  • The LifeNet customer portal can efficiently organise services, resulting in optimum capacity utilisation
  • Digital Ecosystem, which is a recently announced digital platform for healthcare providers as well as for providers of solutions and services

How do you leverage cloud computing among your clients? What are its output?

With teamplay, Siemens Healthineers offers a cloud-based network for physicians, medical professionals, and decision-makers in healthcare. It allows simple evaluation of capacity utilisation for imaging equipment, various workflows and individual tests and examinations. With just one click, it is also possible to compare anonymised data with values for similar healthcare providers. It is the ultimate tool of collaboration and helps us to do better quality scanning and to do it more efficiently. The network also allows dose monitoring for medical equipment using the ‘Dose’ function, because it is vital for patient-oriented treatment to use as much radiation as necessary while also using as little as possible. With the ‘Usage’ function, users get an immediately available and intuitively understandable overview of usage and performance data, such as patient throughputs.

What is the difference between big data and Smart data?

Big data — large quantities of data — results from efforts to store more digital data. It includes information on tests and examinations, patient data, system data on imaging modalities, or data on clinical workflows. It has to be converted into smart data made available with much deeper insights than previously possible into the key components that create both clinical and operational value. The primary challenge is to improve the usability of big data by the healthcare sector. It is the goal of Siemens Healthineers to provide comprehensive support to its customers as an enabler in this area. As the product portfolio of Siemens Healthineers continues to develop, Siemens offers individually adaptable solution models such as Teamplay, LifeNet, Digital Ecosystem and Sense. The focus is primarily on IT and software solutions aimed at optimising image-supported service provision and medical fleet management.

How does Smart data field help your clients in optimum utilisation of capacities?

Industrial logic can be applied to the healthcare sector and may be used to standardise workflows or in quality management. One important basis for being able to fully tap one’s own potential as a healthcare provider is communication and cooperation across multiple sectors as a result of secure networking of all service providers and evaluation of the digital data compiled as part of day-to-day clinical practice. Teamplay collaboration enables hospitals to optimise their efficiency seeing and learning from what other practices and facilities do. Teamplay gives hospitals the ability to standardise their workflow and protocols through out the entire enterprise.

Tell us about Siemens Remote Services.

Siemens Remote Service (SRS) is an efficient and comprehensive infrastructure for the complete spectrum of remote support for our medical equipment. Through SRS, many services, updates and even immediate repairs that were previously required on-site visits are now performed remotely. Up to 50 per cent of all deviations can be detected via remote connection before interference with your workflow. With SRS, our customers can take the advantage of earlier failure detection, faster repair times and planned spare parts replacement.

How would you envisage the future of digital radiology?

We are moving from a volume-oriented healthcare to a more value oriented one. In order to offer more personalised decisions and treatment strategies also, more and more data from different exams per patient will be collected. In addition, the business want to go beyond evidence-based medicine to use big population data to get more precise individualised diagnosis for better personalised therapy decisions. Artificial intelligence for example will be necessary to support that.

Siemens Healthineers will develope artificial intelligence software systems to facilitate diagnosis and therapy decisions with the help of advanced data integration, comprehensive databases, and automatic recognition of patterns and regularities in data (deep machine learning). The goal is to support physicians to define the best possible treatment approach for their patients fast and ensure that they receive the maximum benefit with minimum side effects. Until now image data, findings, lab values, digital patient records, and surgery reports are handled separately. However, there is a current trend aimed at gathering this information in one unified software framework. This data integration enables faster handling of medical information and lays the foundation for more efficient interaction between different specialties.

What is Siemens Healthineers vision for digital healthcare?

Siemens Healthineers’ strategic goal is to help healthcare providers worldwide to meet their current challenges and to excel in their respective environments using products and solutions that increase efficiency and reduce costs. Digitalisation in healthcare is expected to drive the much-needed change towards widespread value-based care and reduced costs. Siemens Healthineers aims to support its customers to meet the challenges of the transformation to value-based healthcare.

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