The ongoing coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic is confronting healthcare professionals worldwide with unprecedented clinical and operational challenges. As they struggle to deal with this extraordinary situation, at the same time they must also continue to care for other patients.
At Siemens Healthineers, we are aware of the urgency and complexity of the current situation, and we are working hard to provide the best possible support to healthcare providers at each stage of COVID-19 patient care: diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and follow-up.
We offer a broad portfolio of technological solutions to support you along patient pathway. And in our “New Normal” Insights Series papers, we explore offer ideas, analysis and practical advice on how to combat the pandemic, emerge stronger from the crisis and be better prepared for future challenges
A typical day during COVID-19: Experts in radiology
For healthcare providers COVID-19 brought unprecedented challenges: protecting patients and staff, caring for COVID-19 patients, looking after patients with other diseases and illnesses, all the while dealing with profound uncertainty, great stress, and high risk.
We support you to provide the best possible care for patients
The following overview highlights elements of the Siemens Healthineers portfolio that support healthcare providers at each stage of COVID-19 patient care: diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and follow-up.
Our medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics and point-of-care testing solutions can support physicians to make a prognosis about the severity of a COVID-19 case, help treat the patient, and assist with follow-up to monitor the patient’s recovery.
Our digital health solutions, services and consulting can support healthcare providers in protecting healthcare workers and increasing healthcare delivery capacity. For example, our digital services enable medical personnel to operate systems regardless of their location, thereyby potentially lowering the risk of infection.
As society continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a critical public health need to get ahead of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with a fast and simple test for all. The CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test15 is a point-of-care cassette test that does not require central laboratory analyzers and hence eliminates transport delays and associated costs. It delivers results in 15 minutes.
The new FTD SARS-CoV-2 real time PCR Assay (RUO)1 from Siemens Healthineers is now available2 for molecular laboratories. A dual-target design for SARS-CoV-2 identification provides assay robustness and optimal sensitivity, specificity, and inclusivity. The FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay uses the same assay setup protocol and thermal-cycling profile as all FTD respiratory pathogens kits from Siemens Healthineers.3
High resolution chest CT images help assess the severity of the lung involvement in COVID-19 patients, especially those with severe symptoms. This includes evaluation of the progression and remission of the disease.6 Scanners of the SOMATOM go. platform provide high resolution lung imaging and are recommended for fast delivery requests in areas where COVID-19 is prevalent. The innovative mobile CT workflow of SOMATOM go. platform scanners permits technologists to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 m (5 ft) from potentially infected patients. These scanners can also be installed in mobile units to provide access in high-demand or in isolated areas. Furthermore, many of our CT simulators usually being used for radiation treatment planning, can be used to support the diagnosis of COVID-19 based pneumonia.
The Siemens Healthineers Insights Series is our preeminent thought leadership platform exploring emerging issues and offering ideas, analysis, and practical advice on how to deliver high-value care.
The “New Normal” edition of the Insights Series focuses on the challenges COVID-19 has created for healthcare providers and presents strategies and ideas on how to emerge stronger, more resilient, and better prepared for future challenges.
The Siemens Healthineers leadership team regularly shares their thoughts via Linkedin blog posts. Find here the latest posts around the topic of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a tough teacher, reminding us how closely our society, economy and health are intertwined. Which consequences will we draw from this crisis in the long term? Bernd Montag has ten hypotheses on what we can expect.
The products/features and/or service offerings (here mentioned) are not commercially available in all countries and/or for all modalities. If the services are not marketed in countries due to regulatory or other reasons, the service offering cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens Healthineers organization for further details.
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Currently for Research Use Only (RUO). Siemens Healthineers is pursuing FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and WHO Emergency Use Assessment and Listing (EUAL) certification.
Available in limited quantities in April 2020.
Visit fast-trackdiagnostics.com for a list of compatible instruments. Customers are responsible for validating the assay on instruments listed in the compatibility list.
In development; not available for sale. Future availability cannot be guaranteed.
Product availability may vary from country to country and is subject to varying regulatory requirements.
Fang et al., Sensitivity of Chest CT for COVID-19: Comparison to RT-PCR, Radiology 2020
Shi S, Qin M, Shen B, et al. Association of Cardiac Injury With Mortality in Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. JAMA Cardiol. Published online March 25, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.0950
Guo T, Fan Y, Chen M, et al. Cardiovascular Implications of Fatal Outcomes of Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). JAMA Cardiol. Published online March 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.1017
Inciardi RM, Lupi L, Zaccone G, et al. Cardiac Involvement in a Patient With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). JAMA Cardiol. Published online March 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2020.1096
Not available in all countries
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.
AI-Rad Companion Chest X-ray is currently not for sales in the United States and other selected countries.
A secure VPN connection to the department network is required. Other appropriately trained personnel must be in the room to care for patient, position the patient, and manually start the scan.
The DICOM viewer is not intended for diagnostic display. Due to regulations data exchange between data center regions is restricted. The products/features/service offerings are not commercially available in all countries. If the services are not marketed in countries due to regulatory or other reasons, the service offering cannot be guaranteed. Please contact your local Siemens organization for further details.
Under review by the U.S. FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Product availability may vary from country to country and is subject to varying regulatory requirements.