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August 20, 2002

University Of Pennsylvania Health System Adopts Electronic Radiologic Archiving And Communications System

SIENETT PACS to Electronically Manage Diagnostic Image Storage and Distribution for Four Hospitals and Eight Imaging Centers

(MALVERN, PA) - The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) signed an eight-year agreement with Siemens Medical Solutions for its SIENET picture archiving and communications system (PACS). The electronic radiology image management solution will be implemented system-wide in UPHS' four Philadelphia-area hospitals - The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Phoenixville Hospital - as well as eight regional imaging centers.

PACS can help hospitals realize significant cost savings by eliminating the considerable expense of radiology film development and storage, as well as improve clinical workflow by making medical images electronically available anywhere within the health enterprise at the touch of a button. Last year, UPHS also signed a 10-year agreement for the remote computing option of the Siemens INVISION® healthcare information system.

As part of the PACS agreement, UPHS, which is nationally recognized as a leading academic radiology center and performs an average 650,000 radiology procedures every year, will convert its existing electronic images and the majority of its radiology films to high-resolution, computer-based images via SIENET PACS. Approximately 20 terabytes of diagnostic image data - equivalent to 1 million radiology
exams -- will be converted, allowing healthcare providers to electronically read and distribute medical images on PCs in the physician's office or at radiology workstations, instead of reading films at a light box.

"With Siemens' SIENET PACS, we expect to improve clinical workflow in our radiology operations while reducing expenses. The system will enable us to offer better service to radiologists and referring physicians by providing complete patient results in a way we have never done before. Because the PACS system is worklist-driven, a radiologist can view patient images and results from any workstation anywhere in the UPHS system, and referring physicians can quickly and easily view those images from their home or office," explained Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. "Giving our referring physicians such seamless access to images also benefits our patients by allowing for faster diagnosis, and eliminating the need for patients to transport their films from the radiology department to their primary doctor."

While overall film usage at UPHS will initially be drastically reduced, several areas of the system will take a gradual approach to completely eliminating film. Within two years, UPHS intends to be at just 20 percent of its current film usage. Siemens will also manage the remaining conventional film management through an outsourcing agreement.

"UPHS has been a valued Siemens customer for over 25 years and we are happy to continue our relationship in yet another area of healthcare technology. By implementing SIENET PACS system-wide, UPHS will dramatically improve clinical workflow for their physicians and continue their long tradition of providing the most cutting-edge, medically sophisticated care to their patients," said Tom McCausland, president and CEO of Siemens Medical Solutions USA.

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