Siemens Announces $11.7M Enterprise Archiving Contract with Intermountain Healthcare, New Enhancements to syngo.via and

  Siemens Announces $11.7M Enterprise Archiving Contract with Intermountain
  Healthcare, New Enhancements to syngo.via and syngo.plaza at RSNA 2012

From routine to advanced reading: new versions of syngo.via and of the Siemens
image management software syngo.plaza help boost departmental efficiency

RSNA 2012

Business Wire

MALVERN, Pa. -- November 26, 2012

Today, Siemens Healthcare announced the signing of an $11.7M, multi-year
contract with Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, to deploy Siemens
Image Sharing & Archiving (ISA)^¹ vendor neutral archive to handle
Intermountain Healthcare’s enterprise imaging needs. Siemens ISA is a hosted
vendor neutral archive that stores images from any modality in the Siemens
Healthcare Computing Center (HCC); images are redundantly hosted in a Dell
data center, and the archive is managed with Dell’s clinical data management
software. Siemens presented ISA in booth 1645 at the 98th Scientific Assembly
and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) at the
Lakeside Center, Hall D, McCormick Place, from Nov. 25-30. Additionally,
Siemens showcased a new version (VA20)^² of its 3D routine and advanced
reading software syngo.via.^³ Siemens also demonstrated an entry-level
software package for 3D visualization of computed tomography (CT)
examinations. Finally, Siemens spotlighted a new version (VA20D) of its
picture archiving and communications system (PACS) syngo.plaza, which features
productivity boosting enhancements that support fast and efficient reading.

“It is important that we examine cost efficiencies in the way we implement our
information technology and Siemens and Dell worked with us to structure this
contract in such a way that our costs for managing images would scale with our
utilization – but not in a traditional way,” said Marc Probst, Vice President
and Chief Information Officer, Intermountain Healthcare. “For instance, if our
volume expands we would expect our costs per study to go down, as a result of
the increased volume, but what gives us more peace of mind is the fact that if
our imaging volume actually goes down, we have an opportunity to reduce our
overall costs. This type of budget certainty is a key factor in making this
solution our long-term answer to enterprise image management.”

Intermountain Healthcare is an internationally recognized, nonprofit, system
of 22 hospitals, a Medical Group with more than 185 physician clinics, and an
affiliated health insurance company, SelectHealth. The organization serves
patients and plan members in Utah and southeastern Idaho. Siemens ISA is a
joint offering between Siemens and Dell, whereby Siemens provides the first
line archiving in the company’s Healthcare Computing Center (HCC), while using
Dell’s clinical data management software and securely federating images to the
Dell Cloud Clinical Archive (DCCA). The solution is a true vendor neutral
archive that helps healthcare providers consolidate imaging data from multiple
picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) and adopt a more
predictable total cost of ownership, enabling image-generating departments to
budget and predict IT costs similar in a more uniform manner.

“Healthcare providers today are facing budgetary and reimbursement pressures,
especially for diagnostic imaging, so in order to help health systems grow in
a sustainable way we find it necessary to deliver solutions and ongoing
services that help them achieve their clinical objectives while improving
their bottom line operations,” said Kurt Reiff, Vice President, Business
Management, SYNGO Americas.

Enhancements to syngo.via

Siemens also unveiled new enhancements to the syngo.via 3D routine and
advanced reading software which provide greater functionality and access to
even more workflow-boosting clinical applications. As an example, syngo.via
now includes new applications^3 for mammography reading and for complex
examinations in neurology, oncology, and cardiovascular diagnostics.

Furthermore, as scans can be compared with images from other modalities
without the need to switch applications, syngo.via helps streamline workflow.
Another new feature, called Region Growing^4 enables syngo.via users to better
visualize anatomical structures from volume datasets, for example from
vascular or neurological examinations. This improved view assists both the
diagnosis and surgical planning.

New entry-level solution syngo.via Element^⁴

To address the needs of lower volume facilities or those just moving to
mid-range multi-slice CT scanners, Siemens now offers syngo.via Element, an
entry-level solution for 3D routine and advanced reading. syngo.via Element is
designed to meet the needs of specialized practices and community hospitals.
In many cases, a practice may need to rely on some high-quality 3D
visualization software applications, but may not require a full suite of
syngo.via applications. syngo.via Element is available with the SOMATOM®
Perspective and SOMATOM Emotion CT scanners from Siemens. This software
configuration is based on the latest syngo.via version and includes
applications and functionalities specifically designed for reading CT studies,
for example in neurology and oncology.

New version of syngo.plaza

syngo.plaza is the agile PACS and reading software, where 2D, 3D, and 4D
reading come together in one place. The new version of syngo.plaza (VA20D)
supports fast and efficient diagnostic with enhancements that allow for rapid
loading performance and enhanced functionality called Token View, for enhanced
usability and a new approach to navigate through studies and series.
syngo.plaza provides a high loading performance of up to 200 images/sec.^⁵,
which is a benefit when reading cross-sectional imaging studies from
modalities such as CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Token View provides
a quick guide across studies and helps identify what is already displayed on
the screen and what is loaded in the background. Developed in close
cooperation with users, it helps to keep the user oriented within the study,
especially when reading large studies. Because syngo.plaza integrates
seamlessly with syngo.via, users can tap into the ultimate potential of syngo
– accessing a host of innovative applications through a common interface which
can be tailored to meet personal reading preferences.

The new syngo.via^⁴ and syngo.plaza versions support hospitals and practices
in their efforts to improve efficiency by using healthcare information
technology, which is one of the goals of Siemens Healthcare’s initiative,

For additional information on Siemens ISA, please visit:

For additional information on syngo.via, please visit:

For additional information on syngo.plaza, please visit:

^¹ Siemens Image Sharing & Archiving is only available to customers in the
United States.

^² The product is pending 510(k) clearance, and is not yet commercially
available in the United States.

^³ syngo.via can be used as a standalone device or together with a variety of
syngo.via-based software options, which are medical devices in their own

^⁴ The information about this product is being provided for planning purposes.
The product is pending 510(k) review, and is not yet commercially available.

^⁵ Data on File. Results may vary.

Launched in November 2011, “Agenda 2013” is the initiative of the Siemens
Healthcare Sector to further strengthenits innovative power and
competitiveness. Specific measures, which will be implemented by the end of
2013, have been defined in four fields of action: innovation, competitiveness,
regional footprint, and people development.

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 51,000 employees worldwide and
operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector
posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For
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Media Relations:
Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
Healthcare Sector
Mark Palacio, 610-448-3497
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