Siemens awarded contract from Brant Community Healthcare System, for laboratory automation system



    
    The first laboratory in Canada to fully automate chemistry,
    immunochemistry, hematology and coagulation with a single integrated
    automation system
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Ltd, has
been awarded a contract from the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) to
supply and install a comprehensive lab system that will combine and fully
automate the three disciplines of chemistry, haematology and coagulation. The
new system, expected to be up and running in the fall of 2009, will set new
performance standards and optimize patient test reports, allowing BCHS to save
valuable time and increase the efficiency of the testing process.
    The ADVIA(R) LabCell(R) from Siemens is designed to streamline laboratory
workflow and achieve long-term economic benefits, as well as enhance accuracy.
The new system will enable the laboratory staff to perform high-volume blood
work testing and operate more efficiently using its current resources.
Automatically managing patient specimens from beginning to end, the new
automated system will produce results quicker and more efficiently resulting
in a projected 40 percent reduction overall in the time physicians are waiting
for test results. The new configuration will also take up less floor space, as
it combines chemistry, immunochemistry, haematology and coagulation in one
unique process.
    "Patient safety is a key element of our corporate priority and this new
system ensures we are in a position to provide better service to our patients
and clients in less time," said Don Manning, director, Imaging and Laboratory
Services of the BCHS. "There will be no disruption in services during the
installation and testing period and the process will be seamless to our
patients."
    "With the new system in place, we are confident BCHS will deliver
exceptional performance with respect to clinical information and test
results," said Jim Graziadei, general manager of Siemens Healthcare
Diagnostics Ltd. A key component of the system is a central data management
system, called Advia CentraLink(R), which allows operators to manage data from
multiple analyzers and disciplines through one workstation. The data archive
feature, which reduces the amount of time spent on administrative tasks, will
enhance the lab's ability to provide clinical diagnostic information.
    "The software sophistication combined with the automation aspect of the
new system is amazing," said Manning. "The system manages each patient sample
individually, recognizing precisely where that sample needs to go, then
routing it for optimal efficiency." This reduces the number of steps needed to
sort, process, and archive samples saving time and reducing the potential for
error by minimizing the physical handling of samples prior to, in between, and
following testing.
    A key feature of the new system will be the ability to identify results
and tag for retesting to ensure accuracy. The heamatology analyzers will also
attribute to a 30% reduction in the amount of blood film smears manually
generated/reviewed by providing more detailed patient results the first time
around. "The retesting feature alone will enhance our performance and provide
patients with peace of mind, knowing the results are verified," said Manning.
The open aspect of the configuration allows the flexibility to add new
equipment, such as analytical components and solutions, for optimal efficiency
and scalability in the future.

    The Brant Community Healthcare System is comprised of two sites.

    The Brantford General Hospital was established in 1885 and is Brantford
and Brant County's only acute care hospital. It is a regional centre for
emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynaecology, critical care, medical and
surgical services, paediatrics, complex continuing care, mental health,
rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and The Wescast Centre for Ambulatory Care.
It is also home to a specialized cancer care clinic and the S.C. Johnson
Dialysis Clinic.
    The Willett site in Paris provides urgent care, primary care, outpatient
programs, outreach services, rehabilitation therapies, health promotion and
partnerships to help maintain and improve the community's health.

    About Siemens in Canada

    Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the world
of electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy
and healthcare sectors. The company has approximately 6,000 employees in
Canada, working to develop and manufacture products, design and install
complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for
individual requirements. For almost 100 years in Canada, Siemens has stood for
technical achievements, innovation, quality and reliability. Sales for Siemens
in Canada for fiscal 2008 (ended September 30), were $2.6 billion CAD. Further
information is available at www.siemens.ca

    About Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Ltd.

    Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Ltd. is the leading clinical diagnostics
company in the world. The company is committed to providing clinicians with
the vital information they need for the accurate diagnosis, treatment and
monitoring of patients. Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics' comprehensive
portfolio of performance-driven systems, unmatched menu offering and IT
solutions, in conjunction with highly responsive service, is designed to
streamline workflow, enhance operational efficiency and support improved
patient care. The depth and breadth of our diagnostic solutions - chemistry,
immunoassay, automation, heamatology, hemostasis, microbiology, diabetes,
urinalysis, blood gas and molecular testing - are designed to meet the growing
demands of customers, today and tomorrow. Further information is available at
www.siemens.com/diagnostics.

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on the
beliefs of the management of Siemens Canada Limited and its affiliates. The
words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend,"
"plan," "should," and "project," are used to identify forward-looking
statements. Such statements reflect the management's current views with
respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many
factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, among
others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in
currency exchange rate and interest rates, introduction of competing products,
lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business
strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here.
Siemens Canada Limited and its affiliates do not intend or assume any
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.





For further information:

For further information: Siemens Canada Limited, Corporate
Communications, Media Relations, Mississauga, Ontario, Contact: DL Leslie,
Tel.: (905) 819-5926, Fax: (905) 819-5793, E-mail: dl.leslie@siemens.com


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