Penn State Health will diagnose and treat its patients using the most advanced imaging systems under a new 10-year agreement with Malvern, Pa.-based Siemens Healthineers. The agreement ensures the health system’s staff can provide patients with access to advanced imaging solutions at Penn State Health primary, specialty, and acute care locations, close to where patients live.

The end result will be enhanced diagnostic services, more precise and efficient imaging and an optimal experience for patients needing radiology, radiation oncology, and cardiology services, Penn State officials say.

“Our relationship with Siemens Healthineers will ensure that we’re providing a similar patient experience and applying the same standards, regardless of where that imaging occurs,” says Timothy Mosher, MD, chair of the department of radiology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “For example, when measuring tumors, it’s vital to calibrate all of our instruments so that the entire health system is using standardized imaging protocols.”

Imaging can be read locally by highly trained radiologists throughout the health system, who can also draw on the expertise of sub-specialized radiologists at Hershey Medical Center as needed. The enhanced connectivity also allows Mosher’s team to virtually guide imaging in real time from Hershey, regardless of where the procedure is happening.

Mosher’s team is also able to monitor radiation safety protocols, ensuring patients across Penn State Health receive the smallest possible dose of radiation.

“This agreement with Siemens Healthineers allows for a more unified and system-level approach to how Penn State Health handles imaging at all of its inpatient and outpatient settings,” says Mark Labuski, MD, co-lead of Penn State Health Radiology Services. “The patient will benefit from options and the convenience of knowing they will have a similar imaging experience regardless of what Penn State Health facility they are at.” Penn State Health expects to replace 70% of its imaging equipment within the next five years.

The systems already being installed at current and future Penn State Health facilities feature artificial intelligence technologies and enhanced digital connectivity throughout the health system, allowing clinicians to optimize patient diagnosis and treatment plans.

“We are confident that this agreement with Siemens Healthineers will allow us to bring the latest technology and the best value to patients we serve across central Pennsylvania,” says Peter Dillon, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Penn State Health.

“We are excited to continue our longstanding relationship with Penn State Health by bringing our latest innovations to Pennsylvania,” adds David Pacitti, president and head of the Americas for Siemens Healthineers. “By working together, we can focus on increasing operational efficiencies by leveraging the very latest in digitalization and collaboration tools, and medical imaging technology.”