Features and Functions

December 12, 2005 by admin

  • Enterprise Master Patient Index – The master index provides unambiguous patient information, especially in collaborative care scenarios where heterogeneous systems are the norm.
  • Electronic Patient Record – The patient’s lifetime clinical history from multiple sources is stored in one record and accessible for all clinicians treating the patient.
  • Scheduling – This synchronizes resources, processes and information to create seamless scheduling services throughout a healthcare organization of any size.
  • Computerized Physician Order Entry – Using order sets and clinical decision support, this component enables physicians to direct care electronically, reducing errors and speeding cycle times.
  • Point of Care Decision Support – This revolutionary tool anticipates the needs and intentions of the clinician and proactively populates orders and other documents with the most likely choices.
  • Prepopulated Order Sets – With the point-of-care decision tool as the foundation, this is a starter set of pre-selected choices for common clinical decisions and orders that the physician can either select or modify.
  • Medication Management – This supports the complete medication- use process encompassing ordering, inventory control validating, dispensing, administration and documentation. Bar coding increases the safety of the medication administration process, resulting in fewer mistakes and an overall improvement in medication management.
  • Documentation Tools – Interdisciplinary treatment plans can be tracked and evaluated throughout a patient’s hospital stay, promoting a more collaborative process among care team members.
  • Medical Decision Making – A rules engine integration supports clinicians in their decision-making process through the generation of reminders and alerts in response to processing algorithms following a specific trigger, such as order placement or entry of abnormal assessment data.
  • Billing and Invoicing – The billing engine supports the accurate and rapid management of billing. All scenarios are supported whether for inpatient, outpatient, day patients, workers’ compensation cases and direct physician fees. Country-specific billing rules are incorporated as typical patient classification billing methods such as DRG-based billing. During the billing process records are automatically generated for financials and managerial accounting.
  • Contract Management -This tool allows health plans and contract modalities to be modeled efficiently and billing to be performed accordingly.
  • Claims Handling and Dunning – This allows healthcare providers to initiate, track, and monitor claims handling, with automatic transition to turnover to the dunning process, as defined. Claims are processed quickly and forwarded in a timely fashion to institutions involved in the process.
  • Electronic Communication with Payers – In order to handle all steps during the billing process, an easy and open communication between healthcare provider institutions and payers is essential. Billing information is communicated as soon as possible to provide complete documentation to the payer with adequate time to respond to missing data.
  • Case Costing – All relevant cost information for a patient is collected and compared with the revenue the hospital earns with this patient. This allows the organization to perform profitability analysis to provide financial justification for further process improvement.
  • Business Intelligence – Reports and analyses combine clinical, administrative and financial data in order to provide both decision support as embedded analytics for processes, and retrospective analytics where defined key performance indicators (KPIs) can be compared to the achieved values of the business.
  • Customer Relationship Management – This empowers you to align business processes around patients, physicians, stakeholders and other key customers.
  • Enterprise Resource Planning – This provides end-to-end functionality for business analytics, financials, human capital management, operations, and corporate services.

Technologically, the solution offers the following capabilities:

  • Workflow Engine – The architecture includes a workflow engine that drives clinical and administrative tasks and pushes information to users, such as medical necessity considerations and coverage issues. Both tools help eliminate manual tasks and erase departmental lines and hand-offs by delegating the right work to the right people at the right time while tracking the time and sequence of next steps. Workflow architecture, for example, helps to ensure that signed orders are carried out orders are carried out by the appropriate caregiver in predefined times and results.
  • Harmonized Portal-Based User Interface – Por tals are a Web tool that can be integrated with workflow tools and used by strategic planners, administrators, and clinicians. The portals can be customized to suit the needs of users.
  • Integrated Authorization and Authentication – This ensures that only authorized users have access to processes and data. Integration, for example, means logons need only be performed once rather than multiple times.
  • Open Infrastructure – Because the solution integration is based on the SAP Enterprise Services Architecture it offers increased levels of adaptability, flexibility, and openness that can help you reduce your total cost of ownership. It combines the best in enterprise applications with the flexibility and open standards of SOA.
  • Business Process Management and Exchange Infrastructure – This allows healthcare organizations to model their innovative processes and integrate their legacy systems to implement those processes.
  • Mobile Infrastructure – Physicians can access information – anytime, anywhere Œ to facilitate care and decision making without losing information or time.
  • Collaboration Services – These can include virtual iiofficesln, convenient for teams or work groups, and with secure access to necessary content and full integration to third-party systems.

With the Siemens Soarian and SAP Healthcare solution, organizations can conduct collaborative business planning, in-depth financial analysis and accounting and HR tasks. They can also count on having strong patient management capabilities while significantly reducing paperwork. Diagnostic and therapeutic services can be better coordinated and caseloads and treatment plans can be better managed. Enterprise communication can be accelerated, and case costing, internal and external procurement and logistics, equipment maintenance and other business processes can be better supported.
The Siemens Soarian and SAP Healthcare solution works with your existing IT infrastructure. The seamless integration is powered by SAP Netweaver, a comprehensive integration and application platform that embraces Internet standards such as HTTP and XML, ensuring openness and interoperability. SAP NetWeaver enables SAP Enterprise Services Architecture, SAP’s blueprint to achieve SOA, and enables enterprise applications, third-party systems and all your organizations’ hetero geneous technologies to interoperate in one integrated healthcare system.
Siemens and SAP bring powerful IT expertise, deep domain experience and committed customer service to bear so that healthcare organizations can attain striking productivity improvements as well as a lower total cost of technology ownership. Siemens and SAP, two healthcare IT powerhouses, offer tremendous value through their combined solution.

Alexander Fischer

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