A growing number of healthcare IT decision makers face a lack qualified healthcare IT professionals as the single, most important barrier for the successful implementation of new IT systems. The challenge is of importance for healthcare providers and a priority for addressing the strategic business and clinical objectives for their organizations.
A proven IT management model goes global
An increasingly popular solution is provided by the new Managed Services program launched by Siemens Healthcare at the Connecting Healthcare IT (conhIT) fair last April in Berlin. The Siemens Managed Services gives customers the opportunity to reduce the IT burden on their own staff while gaining access to technical resources and knowledge.
“We have been able to achieve cost savings of 45 percent”
The approach is already yielding benefits at providers like Stollberg Hospital in Germany, where Siemens Managed Services runs the hospital’s implementation of Siemens i.s.h.med1.“We have been able to achieve cost savings of 45 percent – money which we have been able to invest in the renewal of our hardware and in new applications,” says Andrea Morzelewski, managing director of Stollberg Hospital.
Reduced capital requirements, reliable budgeting, automatic upgrades
Well known to a significant number of healthcare providers in the U.S., the Siemens Managed Services management model helps customers focus resources and management attention on what they do best – providing excellent care for patients. The advantages are significant: Reduced capital requirements for servers, software, and related infrastructure; and predictable monthly costs for reliable budget planning. Equally important, the service helps providers ensure that their operations access the most current software releases and hardware upgrades automatically, without customer action. It applies advanced tools and processes to maintain continuous IT system availability and continuity of business processes.
On track, on time
Blue Mountain Health System, which comprises five care facilities in northeastern Pennsylvania, U.S., recently completed a nursing clinical documentation and patient clinical record project with the help of the Siemens Managed Services Application Center of Excellence.
"Siemens Managed Services made it possible for Blue Mountain Health System to stay on track and go live with both projects on time," said Ruth Brennan, Vice President, Clinical Services. "We were very fortunate to have this cooperation between Managed Services on-site and remote analysts."
The outcomes achieved by the Siemens customers described herein were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Since there is no “typical“ hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption), there can be no guarantee that others will achieve the same results.