Siemens Healthineers and Herlev Gentofte Hospital have entered into a new comprehensive research agreement

Siemens Healthineers and Herlev Gentofte Hospital have entered into a new comprehensive research agreement expanding upon the long-standing Innovation Center partnership with the Radiology department.

This will include combining radiology and laboratory diagnostic information to ensure faster assessment of patients in the emergency department ensuring patients are started on the right treatment path for their condition as quickly as possible.

Additionally, the Innovation Center will continue to be at the forefront of artificial intelligence with the testing of new applications as well as integration into clinical practice of recently released products such as AI Rad Companion, an AI powered engine, which allows for faster description of Chest CT scans.”

Going forward, the partnership will be expanded to include co-creation of multi-disciplinary solutions going beyond the Radiology- and the Clinical Chemistry Departments to include other clinical specialties within the hospital, across hospitals in the Copenhagen area and the other Danish regions

Tisha Boatman, Managing Director of Siemens Healthineers Nordic and Baltic countries

Innovation to patient-centric

Siemens Healthineers and Herlev Hospital jointly formed a Computed Tomography (CT) Innovation Center in 2013 which was created in order to rapidly test innovative ideas around CT imaging and associated processes including patient management. to stimulate new ideas and ensure all parties brought forward potential solutions that went beyond traditional boundaries. This public private innovation (PPI) partnership includes staff from many disciplines including radiographers, radiologists, engineers, process optimization specialists and others all with one joint goal to solve challenges and bring new innovations to healthcare delivery for patients.

Patient app decrease the anxiety and stress
One of the first projects in 2013 focused on better patient handling and increased patient satisfaction with imaging services. A patient app was developed which helped patients understand what to expect when they went for a scan. By reducing the anxiety and stress of having an imaging scan, the patients could be moved through the scanners faster resulting in reduced waiting times and better use of the equipment.

Michel Nemery, Chief Physician, Department of Radiology, Herlev and Gentofte Hospital

Faster diagnosis

Early diagnostic imaging and laboratory results in the Emergency Department leads to fast diagnosis

The patient app was followed by the so far largest project; ”Multi Rule Out”. The project started in 2015 and loop 1 with 100 patients was finalized in May 2016. The goal of the project was to place diagnostic imaging earlier in the treatment process when the patient arrives at the hospital. Patients from the Emergency department (ED) initially triaged as high-risk patients were examined with a new developed Dual source CT-screening protocol targeting fast diagnosis by performing multi rule out on 30+ serious diseases within one hour. The project was very successful and led to many new learnings by the involved parties. Although not being permitted to include previously CT-scanned patients, the exploratory pilot study showed that 12% of the patients had a change in leading diagnosis as a result of the scan, 12% had an immediate new cancer diagnosis and 78% of all high-risk patients had a CT-scan within 48 hours of admission

Another major innovation was the flowmaster project which has now been replicated in many hospitals in Denmark and across Europe. The flowmaster is a rotating position in the Radiology department held by one of the experienced staff members who ensures acute patients are scanned quickly as well as optimal use and flow of the routine patients. This type of well-planned operational management is critical to ensure that patients get the best treatment possible at the appropriate time.

AI saves time

AI based anatomy detection saves time

Many of the projects have been in the areas of digital innovation and artificial intelligence. Herlev Hospital was one of the test sites for a CT scanner 3D-camera which automatically detects the patient position and aligns the patient accordingly ensuring faster and more accurate imaging, with lower patient dose. Through the innovation partnership, Herlev supported the development of several algorithms including one for the automatic detection of pneumoperitoneum allowing for faster diagnosis of critical illness. Additionally, the Innovation Center team at Herlev helped develop AI based anatomy detection, automating what was previously a manual task and giving clinical staff more time to focus on complex image analysis.

“Having fantastic ideas about new technology is one thing, but how to find it’s ways into operational clinical usage to the benefits of the clinicians and the patients in the end is another not trivial tasks which can only be solved via tight co-operation – and this is all what the innovation center setup is about".

Ole Nygaard, Business Development, Digital Healthcare Services Nordic and Baltic countries

User involvement

Early user involvement and collaboration is crucial when a product or technology is designed and eventually implemented in an organization. Healthcare and MedTech organizations have specific habits, traditions and interpretations of the organizational priorities. With Public/Private Innovation collaborations you can accelerate and eliminate the gap between developer and user of technology. Project Manager Henriette Raaschou ads
“Our innovation strategy is to ensure patients the most accurate and timely diagnosis and the innovation is always based on the patient’s needs”.