Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) selects Soarian MedSuite Health Information Solution from Siemens

Published January 29th, 2007 - 01:53 GMT

Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) and Siemens have signed the first partnership agreement for the advanced and complete healthcare IT systems syngo Suite (RIS/PACS) and Soarian MedSuite Hospital Information System (HIS) in Saudi Arabia.  The solutions will connect the hospital’s clinical-administrative workflow with the diagnostic-therapeutic processes in radiology.  This will allow DSFH to easily manage administrative and clinical processes and drive towards increased efficiency, productivity, and quality of care across the healthcare continuum.  Siemens will also provide comprehensive service for several years.

With 800 beds, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital is the largest private hospital in Saudi Arabia.  A pioneer in the development of the Private Medical Sector in the country, the clinic is among the most distinguished hospitals in the Middle East.  The Soarian MedSuite HIS will enable DSFH to re-engineer processes throughout the entire hospital to help drive organisational efficiencies, ensure patient safety and enhance clinical decision-making.

The Radiology Information System/Picture Archiving and Communication System (RIS/PACS) syngo Suite is responsible for the diagnostic and therapeutic cycles.  It supports the procedure-driven workflow in radiology, from order to distribution, in areas such as diagnostic imaging, cardiovascular therapy and radiation therapy.  The detailed data generated and administered through the interaction of the modalities with syngo provides a solid basis for diagnostic and therapeutic security.  This data becomes a part of the overall, enterprise-wide solution.

Used in combination, Soarian MedSuite and syngo are an ideal match: prior to a diagnostic examination, Soarian MedSuite supplies the radiology suite with all relevant patient data.  Soarian MedSuite maintains pointers to the images and incorporates the text report in the patient record.  This helps to ensure a smooth data flow across the entire clinical treatment continuum, providing the physicians with a comprehensive information base.

“Soarian MedSuite is the first HIS product that can support the unique requirements of Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, which was searching for a complete healthcare IT solution that offers comprehensive functionality with ease of use at the right price”, explained Dr. Mazin S. Fakeeh, Deputy Director General, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital.  “After evaluating leading healthcare IT solutions for RIS/PACS and HIS, we looked for something that would require fewer IT resources and less manpower for operation – what we found in the combination of Siemens Soarian MedSuite and syngo Suite.  Given our goals of continuously improving our already high quality of care and to provide this care in a more efficient manner, we believe this can best be achieved through our partnership with Siemens.”

Robert Cohen, Vice President and General Manager of Soarian MedSuite stated, “Soarian MedSuite’s ground breaking technology also allows us to support multiple languages, including dynamically switching from “left to right and right to left” as well as dynamic conversion between Hijri and Gregorian Calendars.  The workflow functionality will support process improvement in all clinical and administrative areas.”

Long standing cooperation
In 1978 Dr. Soliman Fakeeh founded this hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  In October 1986 the hospital expanded and opened new centres, such as Open Heart Surgery, Neurosurgery and Neurology, Renal Services and Infertility Centre.  The latest phase of its development resulted in the finest Paediatric Hospital, together with a revolutionary Health Promotion and Plastic Surgery Centre.  A partner of DSFH since 1986, Siemens has already provided the hospital with several imaging systems including an Axiom Artis dBC x-ray system and a Magnetom Symphony magnetic resonance tomograph.

“As a consequence of this long standing cooperation, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital has chosen Siemens to provide the hospital also with the advanced IT solutions syngo Suite and Soarian MedSuite.  DSFH will differentiate itself by being the first healthcare provider in the

region to install this comprehensive IT solution”, stated Klaus Helmreich, Vice President & General Manager, Siemens Limited, Saudi Arabia.  He added, “We believe that Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital is one of the most advanced and experienced private hospitals in the Middle East.  DSFH strives for continuous improvement and enhancement of service by means of workflow optimisation and quick return on investment.”

“Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital is proud of being one of the premier private healthcare providers in the Middle East.  We take pride in maintaining a vigorous technical infrastructure for our operations which helps us provide high-level service that our patients can rely on.  Siemens is our strong partner behind this”, said Ammar S. Fakeeh, Chief of Executive Division, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital.

Background: Saudi Arabia
The high quality of healthcare in Saudi Arabia is one of the country's major achievements in recent years.  Siemens, with its longstanding local presence and extensive range of products and services, is proud to be contributing to this success.  The next challenge in the healthcare industry is the integration of digital picture archiving systems into PACS management networks.  Where the necessary infrastructure exists, telemedicine is expected to be a growing field.  Siemens has gathered extensive expertise in this field from many projects worldwide.  With several successful installations already in place, Siemens can harness this know-how in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, founded in 1978 and expanded in 1986, bases its practice on internationally accepted standards:
1. The Hospital is accredited by Makkah Region Quality Program (MRQP).
2. The Hospital is accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI).
3. The Hospital is accredited by Council of Cooperative Health Insurance (CCHI).
4. The Hospital is a major Saudi Aramco-contracted health facility.
5. With regards to Infection Control Practices, the Hospital complies with Centres for Disease Control (CDC) standards.
6. With regards to Medical Records and Management of Information, the Hospital conforms to the American Health Information management Association (AHIMA) guidelines.
Further information can be found under: http://www.drfakeehhospital.com.

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry.  The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes.  Recent acquisitions in the area of in-vitro diagnostics – such as Diagnostic Products Corporation and Bayer Diagnostics – mark a significant milestone for Siemens as it becomes the first full service diagnostics company.  Employing more than 41,000 people worldwide and operating in over 130 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 8.23 billion EUR, orders of 9.33 billion EUR and group profit of 1.06 billion EUR for fiscal 2006 (Sept. 30).
Further information can be found by visiting www.siemens.com/medical


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