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Cover story Positive Impact High treatment quality and economic success are by no means mutually exclusive – rather, they are two sides of the same coin. Hospitals can sometimes achieve both of these goals in a surprisingly simple way and thus stay competitive in the long run. Artis one is a case in point: it needs only one screen in the exam room, plus one in the control room. As a result, everything important is displayed in one place – and system installation becomes faster, so angiography rooms start generating revenues more quickly. In addition, Artis one has a small footprint offering large returns. With a minimum room requirement of just 25 square meters, it offers flexibility comparable to ceiling-mounted systems that generally occupy 45 square meters or more. While easy installation and fast revenue generation are onetime effects, hospital managers will welcome another income-relevant aspect in which the procedure mix is a key factor. The broader the mix, the more the room will be used. With more patients treated, more procedures will be reimbursed – a simple equation that maximizes return-oninvestment. Artis one represents a smart way for hospitals to hit the “sweet spot” of their business in today’s environment while keeping options open for future procedures. Or, as François Nolte puts it: “As a manufacturer, we want to maximize the positive impact on our customers’ organizations – by maximizing the use of their new angiography labs and improving their ROI.” Artis one has a small footprint – yet offers large returns. to move out of the way quickly in critical situations. All this requires an intelligent movement design. “Artis one represents a paradigm shift,” says Siemens development team member Oliver Hornung. “Instead of requiring medical teams to move the patient around the system, the Artis one system moves around the patient.” Artis one features Siemens-built motor controllers originally developed for the manufacturing industry and now adapted to the needs of medical applications. These controllers allow a precisely synchronized movement of several axes, enabling a smooth adjustment to any predefined position. Whether for TAVI or abdominal procedures or for other vascular or hybrid procedures, the system always allows optimal access to the patient. “Artis one always knows where to go,” explains Hornung. Smooth system operation is also made easy by intelligent controls that keep the user’s attention focused. All buttons are tactile, which makes them easy to find even beneath sterile covers. The new heads-up display provides all relevant information exactly where it is needed, with layouts that users can adapt to the needs of the procedure and their individual preferences. They can choose to display live X-ray images next to 3D images for better orientation, and they can also display data from hemodynamic or electrophysiological recording systems at the same time, as well as images from third party systems such as ultrasound. The size of the images can be adjusted as needed, allowing live images of the procedure to be as much as 90% larger (compared to the current standard of 19-inch screens). Markus Rossmeier, PhD, who leads the user experience team at Siemens, summarizes Artis one and its new user interface as follows: “Focused information on an intelligently designed screen, with the entire unit configurable to be easy for rotating staff to use – all this allows interventional teams to make the most of their time and to potentially perform more procedures per day as a result.” AXIOM Innovations | December 2013 | www.siemens.com/angiography  11


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