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Siemens Healthineers Showcases Role of Digitalization at AACC 2018

By Labmedica International staff writers
Posted on 31 Jul 2018
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Image: A screenshot of the Atellica Data Manager (Photo courtesy of Siemens Healthineers).
Image: A screenshot of the Atellica Data Manager (Photo courtesy of Siemens Healthineers).
At the 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, Siemens Healthineers (Erlangen, Germany) showcased an array of digital offerings that turn data into actionable information to address a variety of clinical and operational challenges facing laboratories.

Siemens Healthineers provided a preview of the soon-to-be-released Atellica Data Manager that delivers clinical details lab managers need to make informed decisions. Atellica Data Manager operationalizes data from patient samples and QC results to standardize testing, optimize QC performance, and maximize the potential of autoverification while reducing operator interventions, unwarranted variations and errors. Open and scalable, Atellica Data Manager is built on the powerful CentraLink solution currently in use by 1,500+ laboratories in more than 50 countries to help optimize clinical operations, increase testing volumes and improve turnaround times.

At AACC 2018, Siemens Healthineers displayed Atellica Inventory Manager, which provides automated, real-time control over reagents and consumables across multiple lab locations to reduce inventory costs, save time, and improve efficiencies. Pre-labeled radio frequency identification (RFID) tags simplify inventory check-in, checkout, and consumption tracking, and, when enabled, consumables can be ordered automatically through cloud-enabled software.

Also on display at the event was Atellica Process Manager, which in addition to offering laboratories centralized control and visibility, now provides advanced analytics and business intelligence capabilities, enabling labs to gain real-time insight into hidden inefficiencies in their workflow. Out-of-the box and interactive reports enable lab managers to assess key metrics such as turnaround times, testing volumes, problem samples, and automation utilization.

Additionally, the company displayed POCcelerator Data Management System which is designed to address daily point-of-care challenges such as quality control, compliance and operator certification, and offers point-of-care coordinators vendor-neutral, open connectivity to more than 170 devices, giving coordinators visibility into results, quality controls, operators, reagents, and device data. The information is presented in a clear and structured format. Proactive error logs and a traffic-light system indicate potential problems that can be acknowledged with a single click.

Siemens Healthineers demonstrated its investment in transforming healthcare through digital innovations with its Digital Ecosystem. The open and secured cloud environment combines data from lab and imaging devices, which can be leveraged by applications from Siemens Healthineers and other partner companies to provide solutions to the lab. The company also showcased its first lab partner XIFIN and demonstrated how its Revenue Cycle Management solution helps to optimize the laboratory’s financial performance, by identifying potential outreach and outpatient testing reimbursement gaps.

Complementing the company’s digital offerings, Siemens Healthineers featured its Laboratory As A Business (LAAB) Consulting Service designed to address clinical, operational and financial challenges of laboratories, and help position the lab as a decision maker and a powerful contributor to the objectives of value-based care in health systems. LAAB recommends or structures sustainable solutions that help achieve strategic business objectives by leveraging the capabilities of the lab and informatics offerings, expertise, and competencies from Siemens Healthineers.

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