Siemens, Cape Cod Healthcare Sign Soarian Health IT Deal

As part of a seven-year deal, Siemens Healthcare will supply its Soarian health IT portfolio to Cape Cod Healthcare, a regional organization looking to improve medical care and efficiency at its facilities. The Cape Cod deal was the latest in a number of Soarian customer wins that Siemens has announced this year.

Cape Cod Healthcare is looking to Siemens Healthcare's Soarian health IT software to increase efficiency and improve medical care at the organization's two hospitals and other facilities.

Siemens on Dec. 15 announced a seven-year deal with Cape Cod Healthcare that will include applications aimed at everything from financials to scheduling to analytics. Cape Cod Healthcare officials hope to have the bulk of the installation done by mid-2011.

Cape Cod Healthcare, which includes more than 450 physicians and 4,600 employees, was looking for a heath IT offering that would improve workflow, offer new care-delivery tools-including a barcode solution aimed at reducing human-caused errors in medication-and give the organization another feature to attract new patients and doctors.

Hospital officials also were looking for solutions that would meet the demands set forth by the Obama administration in its HITECH, or Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. As part of the $787 billion federal stimulus bill, $19.2 billion was set aside to increase the use of electronic health care records by doctors and hospitals.

Siemens' Soarian offering includes the company's Novius Lab and Radiology, Siemens Pharmacy and Med Administration Check features.

"We'll be working with physicians and staff members throughout Cape Cod Healthcare on this process over the next one to two years," Sheryl Crowley, CIO for the health care organization, said in a statement. "Ultimately, Soarian will enable us to enhance the quality of the care and services we provide to our patients."

The deal with Cape Cod Healthcare is the latest in a string of customer wins this year for Siemens' Soarian offering. In February, Siemens announced that the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center in Plattsburg, N.Y., opted to deploy parts of the Soarian portfolio.

In addition, the Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro, La., signed a 10-year contract with Siemens.

In July, Siemens announced multiyear deals with UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Mass., and the Bethesda Healthcare System in south Florida for Soarian health care information systems.

That same month, Siemens unveiled another deal to provide Soarian to 37 hospitals and 300 clinics in South Africa.