Siemens Healthineers and Northwell Health announced a research partnership to provide dedicated personnel and research support over the next four years to the Northwell Health Imaging Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (iCEOR) Program. Additionally, Siemens Healthineers will dispatch dedicated full-time employees to work jointly with Northwell Health on outcomes-based research projects and population health management efforts. Siemens Healthineers is the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG enabling healthcare providers worldwide to meet their current challenges and to excel in their respective environments.
Preliminary results from the partnership’s first study, the “Value of Advanced Imaging in Improving Health Outcomes and Healthcare Spending in Acute Stroke1,” indicate that advanced imaging is preferred in acute stroke care leading to improved long-term health outcomes. The principal investigator, Pina Sanelli, MD, 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,” said Jason Naidich, MD, 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.”