Soarian Plan of Care Assists Clinicians in Developing and Deploying Goal-Oriented Plans of Care

PinnacleHealth and CentraState Healthcare System Sign with Siemens for Soarian Plan of Care

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Monday, February 25, 2008 8:08 am EST

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ORLANDO, Fla.

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"Soarian Plan of Care will not only assist our customers in streamlining communication among the care team and creating a roadmap of patient treatment, but will also help to support more-informed decision making as to the components of each individualized plan of care"

Siemens (http://www.usa.siemens.com/healthcareit) today announced that PinnacleHealth, a 750-bed, non-profit hospital and healthcare system serving Central Pennsylvania, and CentraState Healthcare System, a 272-bed, non-profit medical facility located in Freehold, N.J., have each signed on to serve as beta sites for Soarian® Plan of Care, a solution designed to support inter-disciplinary care teams in defining and helping to manage patient problems, interventions and expected outcomes, to provide care in order to achieve desired outcomes and to generate new knowledge at the point of care.

Soarian Plan of Care, which is being demonstrated this week at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2008 Annual Conference and Exhibition (Booth #3763) in Orlando, provides nurses and other clinicians with a dynamic solution that can assist in enhancing workflow, streamlining communication among the care team, supporting evidence-based patient care decisions and delivery, and increasing compliance. In addition, Soarian Plan of Care will provide clinicians with the ability to use standardized terminology, such as the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) and The Clinical Care Classification (CCC) System. The ICNP, an established global standard, also forms the base terminology for structured data needed to consistently drive application processing and evaluate care delivery.

"Soarian Plan of Care will not only assist our customers in streamlining communication among the care team and creating a roadmap of patient treatment, but will also help to support more-informed decision making as to the components of each individualized plan of care," explained Rosemary Kennedy, R.N., M.B.A., chief nursing informatics officer, Health Services, Siemens Medical Solutions.

Workflow will be enhanced through Soarian Plan of Care in many ways. First, clinicians will be able to quickly and easily access details on patient problems, activities and goals, helping to improve communication among care team members and to reduce time spent locating crucial patient information. As a result, clinicians who are beginning their shifts will be able to quickly and efficiently access each of their patients' updated information and determine what next steps need to be taken in each plan of care.

Second, upon the completion of patient assessments and evaluations, the solution will help care givers in identifying the next steps in the planned patient care and allows for adjustments to be made, based on the most recent assessments. Clinicians will also be able to make quicker and more effective decisions as to the components of each plan of care as a result of the evidence-based functionality within Soarian Plan of Care.

Third, Soarian's workflow-engineered infrastructure allows for alerts and triggers to take place anytime a patient assessment or plan of care has not been completed within a dictated period of time, reminding care givers of the necessary action that needs to take place to ensure that each plan of care remains on schedule. This specific function can also assist in increased compliance of many patient safety and quality initiatives, such as those developed by The Joint Commission and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

About Siemens Healthcare

Siemens Healthcare is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare will be the first fully integrated diagnostics company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care -- from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. The company employs more than 49,000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2007 (Sept. 30), Siemens Healthcare reported sales of euro 9.85 billion (on a pro forma basis including Dade Behring roughly euro 11 billion), orders of euro 10.27 billion, and group profit of euro 1.32 billion. Further information can be found by visiting http://www.siemens.com/healthcare.

About CentraState Healthcare System

CentraState Healthcare System is a non-profit community health organization consisting of an acute-care hospital, an ambulatory campus, three senior living communities, a Family Medicine Residency Program, and a charitable foundation. It is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Network and a clinical research affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

About PinnacleHealth

PinnacleHealth is a non-profit healthcare system serving Central Pennsylvania. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, Cumberland, Harrisburg and Polyclinic), FamilyCare physician practices, home health and hospice services, FirstPlace urgent care center, outpatient surgery and imaging centers, inpatient and outpatient care and an array of other healthcare services. For a complete list of services, visit our website at http://www.pinnaclehealth.org/.

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