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Northwell Health, Siemens Partner on Outcomes-Based Research, Population Health

December 2, 2016
by Heather Landi
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Siemens Healthineers and Great Neck, N.Y.-based Northwell Health have formed a research partnership aimed at developing research projects centered on clinical effectiveness and outcomes research utilizing data analytics-based population health evidence.

In addition to its funding and research support over the next four years to Northwell Health’s Imaging Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (iCEOR) Program, Siemens Healthineers will dispatch dedicated full-time employees to work jointly with Northwell Health on outcomes-based research projects and population health management efforts.

Preliminary results from the partnership’s first study, the “Value of Advanced Imaging in Improving Health Outcomes and Healthcare Spending in Acute Stroke,” indicate that advanced imaging is preferred in acute stroke care leading to improved long-term health outcomes, according to a press release. The principal investigator, Pina Sanelli, M.D., vice chair for research at Northwell Health, noted that the optimal choice of computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) varies by patient’s specific characteristics promoting a patient-centered imaging approach in which each patient will receive the imaging exam that will result in best outcomes based on their own personal features. These early findings suggest that further investigation is needed to perform a more-comprehensive analysis of the long-term benefits, harms and costs for different imaging approaches in acute stroke care incorporating a variety of personal characteristics.

“The Imaging Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (iCEOR) Program at Northwell Health is dedicated to performing the highest quality health services research in order to improve patient care as well as to inform health policy decisions affecting population health,” Jason Naidich, M.D., senior vice president of imaging at Northwell and chair of radiology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. “Northwell Health is committed to improving the health of the communities it serves. Our joint research initiative with Siemens Healthineers builds upon our organizations’ long-term relationship and will help us advance this critical mission.”

“This partnership is first-of-its-kind for both Siemens Healthineers and Northwell Health to collaborate on research that could potentially define care pathways for various populations in the future,” August Calhoun, senior vice president of services, Siemens Healthineers North America, said in a statement. “We are excited to bring to the partnership a long history of innovation excellence, and I know that in working closely with a top-ranking clinical and medical education institute like Northwell, the partnership will contribute great results to the healthcare marketplace. Agreements such as this are another milestone in our growth strategy of focusing on enterprise and digital services and collaborating with customers to improve healthcare.”

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