MUSC, Siemens Healthineers join to use tech to improve care

The Medical University of South Carolina and Siemens Healthineers are partnering to work on technological and imaging innovations to impact value-based care.

The partners have formed a strategic partnership intended to couple MUSC’s clinical care, research and educational expertise with the vendor’s engineering innovations and workflow improvement capabilities.

The organizations say they will work on developing clinical and value-driven innovations in areas including pediatrics, cardiovascular care, radiology and neurosciences.

The collaboration is the third announced by Siemens Healthineers in the past few years. In January, Florida Hospital in Orlando teamed with the company to develop a series of outcomes-based collaborative programs, with an initial focus in cardiac computed tomography angiography. In late 2016, Northwell Health and the vendor announced a research partnership to focus on population health and measuring the effectiveness of clinical imaging.

At MUSC, the partners will work on an initiative to drastically reduce the time it takes for severe stroke patients to receive treatment, looking to drop treatment times well below the national standard for stroke care, which sets the goal at less than a 90-minute average from entry to the hospital to the start of the surgery to open a blocked blood vessel.

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The organizations also expect to study the enhanced application of “digital twin technology.” A kind of artificial intelligence, a digital twin is a digital replica of a physical asset, process or system. A digital twin has been deployed to optimize the patient and family experience and maximize efficiency at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion, a new facility currently under construction on the Charleston peninsula. This digital replica enables planning teams to quickly determine the impact of changes that would be costly, if not impossible, to test in the real world.

“This partnership creates an unprecedented opportunity for MUSC students to share and learn from individuals they would otherwise not have access to in a more traditional educational setting,” says Lisa Saladin, MUSC’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Our students will share and engage with healthcare data and informatics in new ways, be exposed to cutting-edge technologies designed to improve quality of patient care and provider workflows and participate in research endeavors they never would have thought possible. This strategic partnership will better prepare them for the future of health practice.”

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