The Hospital da Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa (Red Cross Hospital) in Lisbon has signed a ten-year partnership agreement with Siemens under which, Siemens Healthineers will manage the medical imaging equipment in the Heart Center for the next ten years. The Heart Center will focus on the full cardiovascular continuum – prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up of cardiovascular diseases, aiming at being one of the most modern in Portugal. The value partnership with Siemens includes provision of solutions and services for clinical workflow design, medical equipment for cardiology, and maintenance and technology development plans. Siemens Healthineers will also provide a digital solution for a full patient-centric view, including patient monitoring using smart devices. The scope of the contract includes research & development, strategic consulting and ongoing change management with the aim of continuously improving the patient experience. This is in accordance with the focus of the privately run Red Cross Hospital on seamless patient monitoring and aftercare n the follow-up of cardiovascular diseases. Patient monitoring has been structured in such a way that different technologies can be used. The patients can use their smart phones, smart watches and other portable devices for the continuous transfer of health data. In addition, data from examinations or the laboratory, for example, can also be handled. In this way, the medical team can accompany the patient based on real-time data collection and thus respond as needed.
The main purpose of the partnership is to increase treatment success and improve the satisfaction of the patients and their overall experience. Over the next ten years Siemens will oversee, maintain and regularly replace the equipment in the areas of MRI, CT, angiography and ultrasound systems. Siemens will also supply the appropriate software for the devices and keep them updated
In addition to the digital solutions and services, the partnership also includes strategic consulting, change management consulting and staff education. The Heart Center and Siemens Healthineers have also agreed to intensify their cooperation in research and development
“Value partnerships from Siemens Healthineers focus on establishing flexible and lasting business relationships that ensure the reduction of operational complexity through a single point of contact for all medical device related issues and budget safeguards”, said João Seabra, Global Head of Enterprise Services at Siemens Healthineers. “Value partnerships enable healthcare providers to increase enterprise value to achieve their immediate and future goals and focus on patient care.”