Siemens Healthineers Announces Digital Platform for Healthcare Providers
By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 21 Feb 2017
Image: The digital platform is intended to link healthcare providers with solution providers for seamless integration of data, applications, and services (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).
Siemens Healthineers announced a digital platform for healthcare providers as well as for providers of solutions and services, at the Health IT Conference (HIMSS) 2017 in Orlando. The platform, covering the entire spectrum of healthcare, is meant to foster the growth of a digital ecosystem that links healthcare providers and solution providers with each other, as well as brings together their data, applications and services.
The Siemens Healthineers Digital Ecosystem combines and assesses aggregated data from imaging, in-vitro diagnostics and medical documentation generated in one of the healthcare industry's largest installed bases, comprised of the company’s customers participating in the ecosystem. Currently, the platform contains several million data records, providing, for example, insight into the level of utilization of imaging devices in a clinic or the associated radiation doses. It will allow experts to link and communicate with their peers worldwide, and benefit healthcare providers through Siemens Healthineers' expertise in most clinical areas.
The Siemens Healthineers Digital Ecosystem comes with open APIs (Application Programming Interface) to enable application developers and solution providers to efficiently create, market and offer services which are seamlessly integrated into a shared digital healthcare platform. Its partner companies will be able to access one of the largest pools of in-vivo and in-vitro data, and share their solutions with healthcare providers in markets across the world. The company plans to make the platform commercially available in the fall of 2017.
"We believe that digitalization and the associated networking of healthcare providers is essential for the transformation to value-based healthcare. Big data needs to become smart data. With the Siemens Healthineers Digital Ecosystem, we are providing our customers with much deeper insights than previously possible into the key components that create both clinical and operational value," said Dr. Arthur Kaindl, Head of Digital Health Services at Siemens Healthineers. "Such a major transformation can only be initiated by working together. Our partners are essential to the success of this platform, and ultimately to the success of transforming healthcare."