MUSC, Siemens partner to develop innovations in care delivery

Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina and Siemens Healthineers have formed a strategic partnership focused on enhancing value-based care through engineering innovations and workflow improvement.

"Ultimately, our goal is to enable healthcare providers to get better outcomes at lower cost. We will achieve that by empowering MUSC clinicians on this journey through four specific areas of focus — expanding precision medicine, transforming care delivery, improving the patient experience, and digitalizing healthcare," said Dave Pacitti, president of North America for Siemens Healthineers.

The partnership will focus on developing workflow and clinical innovations in certain target areas, including pediatrics, cardiovascular care, radiology and neurosciences. One of the partnership's goals includes reducing the time it takes for severe stroke patients to receive treatment.

Additionally, the partnership aims to enhance the application of "digital twin technology" — an artificial intelligence-based digital replica of a physical asset, process or system. The digital replica allows facility planning teams to determine the impact of changes that would be too expensive or impossible to test in the real world. Thus, they can check the efficacy of workflow solutions or health innovations before adding them to a facility.

Lisa Saladin, PhD, MUSC's executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, also noted that the strategic partnership may help remove some systematic barriers facing medical students who wish to learn about and implement healthcare innovations.

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