Siemens Healthineers and N.C.-based WakeMed Health & Hospitals have established a 10-year deal to improve patient care through robotics initiatives, advanced imaging capabilities and artificial intelligence, along with provider and staff training. WakeMed is the first health system in N.C. to serve as a Siemens Healthineers Value Partnership hub site to pioneer new initiatives across its existing cardiovascular intervention and imaging programs. 

Through this combined effort, WakeMed will introduce new cardiovascular robotic capabilities and advanced imaging equipment. Implementation of an advanced operating room, which—with the addition of ARTIS Icono and a Corindus CorePath GRX robot—can transform the delivery of care across a spectrum of specialties including: cardiac, vascular, neurosurgical, orthopedic, cancer and trauma services. Combining advanced imaging technology with top-line equipment and precise robotic assistance means more diagnostic capabilities and added patient comfort with 3D imaging capabilities that will provide reductions in patient scan times as well as radiation and contrast volume exposure.

WakeMed and Siemens Healthineers will also form a Corindus Training Academy—a workforce development program and training site for advanced imaging and robotic intervention innovations. The opportunity to launch a biomedical workforce development program incorporating WakeMed and Siemens Healthineers employees will allow for constant resource development and advanced training.

WakeMed and Siemens Healthineers will apply artificial intelligence (AI) applications such as AI-Rad Companion, which will support WakeMed’s ability to identify disease early, reduce variance in findings for imaging studies, and participate in the development and launch of new clinical approaches. WakeMed’s work with Siemens Healthineers will continue to expand over time and engage in additional innovations including the use of remote technologies and other transformational initiatives and clinical capabilities.  

“Our collaboration with Siemens Healthineers aligns with WakeMed’s efforts to accelerate innovation, serve as a preferred partner among industry leaders with expertise in technology and a shared vision for the future as we support positive health outcomes for our many patients, their families and communities,” says Charles Harr, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon and chief medical officer for WakeMed Raleigh Campus. “Expertise, experience, and advanced technology are hallmarks of WakeMed, including its rich history in being the area’s leader in cardiovascular interventions and care.”

 WakeMed is located near the Siemens Healthineers’ flagship customer training facility in Cary, N.C.