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    Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Supporting our partners to provide the best possible care for patients

    We are committed to support front-line healthcare professionals and help them to deliver high-value critical care to patients at each stage of COVID-19 disease management: diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and follow-up.

    The coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic continues to spread, confronting healthcare professionals around the world with unprecedented clinical and operational challenges. As they struggle to deal with this extraordinary situation, at the same time they must also continue to care for other patients.

    At Siemens Healthineers, we are aware of the urgency and complexity of the current situation, and we are working hard to provide the best possible support to healthcare providers at each stage of COVID-19 patient care: diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and follow-up.

    Our aspiration to drive innovations forward so people live healthier and longer lives is more valid today than ever before. We are stepping up as a partner to support healthcare systems helping them to deliver high-value care to patients and families. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions or suggestions.

    Due to high demand, availability in certain regions may be affected, please contact your local Siemens Healthineers organization for details.

    COVID-19 Response

    We support you to provide the best possible care for patients.

    In the following overview we want to highlight parts of the portfolio from Siemens Healthineers that can support healthcare providers at each stage of COVID-19 patient care: diagnosis, prognosis, therapy and follow-up.

    Our medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics and point-of-care testing solutions can support physicians to make a prognosis about the severity of a COVID-19 case, help treat the patient, and assist in the follow-up to find out when the patient has recovered.

    At the same time our digital health solutions, services and consulting can support healthcare providers in protecting healthcare workers and increasing healthcare delivery capacity. For example, our digital services enable medical personnel to operate systems regardless of their location and thus with a potentially lower risk of infection.

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    1. Antigen test
      Antigen testing for rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-191
    2. Molecular lab test
      Real-time PCR detects identify RNA from SARS-CoV-2 (FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay)2
    3. Immuno/chemistry lab tests
      Comprehensive lab testing

    4. Hematology/hemostasis lab tests
      Managing coagulation abnormalities in COVID-19 patients

    5. Blood gas tests
      Blood gas systems are used in the management of patients under respiratory distress
    6. X-ray
      X-ray systems support initial assessment of severity and monitoring
    7. Ultrasound
      Fast, simple, and mobile ultrasound imaging

    8. CT
      Computed Tomography (CT) images used in evaluation of infectious disease

    9. C-Arm
      Cios mobile C-arms – an option for lung imaging
    10. Anti-body lab test to help indicate an immune response
    11. Digital Solutions
      Remote care management of potential COVID-19 patients may help free up inpatient capacity
    12. Remote operations, services and education
      Remote scanning assistance to ensure care continuity

    13. Online education and knowledge resources on COVID-19
    14. Artificial Intelligence
      Supporting radiologists in COVID-19 evaluation by applying Artificial Intelligence to images
    15. Healthcare staff protection and capacity management
      Delivering on the need for increased treatment capacity with Rapid Activation Management Consulting Services

    COVID-19 Response – Clinical

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    Rapid antigen testing for the detection of SARS-CoV-2

    As society continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a critical public health need to get ahead of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus with a fast and simple test for all. The CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test15 is a point-of-care cassette test that does not require central laboratory analyzers and hence eliminates transport delays and associated costs. It delivers results in 15 minutes.

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    Real-time PCR helps identify RNA from SARS-CoV-2

    The new FTD SARS-CoV-2 real time PCR Assay (RUO)1 from Siemens Healthineers is now available2 for molecular laboratories. A dual-target design for SARS-CoV-2 identification provides assay robustness and optimal sensitivity, specificity, and inclusivity. The FTD SARS-CoV-2 Assay uses the same assay setup protocol and thermal-cycling profile as all FTD respiratory pathogens kits from Siemens Healthineers.3
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    Comprehensive lab testing

    Fast, accurate detection and monitoring for health issues that may arise as part of COVID-19 disease management are critical. Our comprehensive portfolio of systems and extensive menu in immunoassay, chemistry, hematology, hemostasis, molecular, and urinalysis, in conjunction with automation, informatics, and services, can help support the essential role of laboratory diagnostics. We are expanding infectious-disease testing capabilities to address the COVID-19 pandemic, developing a SARS-CoV-2 laboratory serology assay4 to detect presence of IgM and IgG antibodies in blood, helping indicate whether a person has developed immunity. An antibody test can reveal if a person had COVID-19 even if they were asymptomatic or never diagnosed with the disease.
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    Manage patients in triage locations

    In order to help inform clinical decisions during the COVID-19 crisis, labs need systems that are easy to install and run with broad menus to test patients for other related or unrelated medical conditions that may exist. Our compact, integrated chemistry and immunoassay testing system5 provides a simple user interface to rapidly mobilize testing with quick turnaround times for certain critical tests. A disposable, sealed cuvette design may help reduce contact with potentially infectious sample mixtures and aerosols.

    COVID-19 Response – Operational

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    Supporting radiologists in COVID-19 evaluation by applying Artificial Intelligence to images

    AI-powered analysis of chest images has the potential to alleviate the workload of radiologists by supporting them to diagnose and evaluate diseases. To help address the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing AI algorithms for trial and clinical routine. The research prototype CT Pneumonia Analysis11 is designed to automatically identify and quantify abnormal patterns in the lung, which can be associated with COVID-19, and to compute severity measures. Beyond research, the AI-Rad Companion Chest X-ray12 automatically characterizes radiographic findings for lung X-ray, including atelectasis and consolidations, which correlate with signs of COVID-19 induced pneumonia.

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    Remote scanning assistance to ensure care continuity

    Remote operations may help reduce staff exposure to infectious patients and may allow employees, who are under quarantine, to continue working. syngo Virtual Cockpit enables remote scanning assistance to imaging personnel – regardless of their geographic location. Assistance can even be provided from home with a simple laptop.13 With syngo Virtual Cockpit, your best technologists can assist on up to three exams at once, distributing their skills and experience across sites in real time. syngo Virtual Cockpit Lite offers remote scanning assistance from any networked computer within your facility, and enables access to one scanner at a time using syngo Expert-i.

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    Online education on COVID-19

    As healthcare providers and care teams are looking for education on equipment applications, imaging protocols, and examination workflows, we are continuously expanding our education and knowledge hub PEPconnect. Regularly we are creating new resources, including video tutorials, to share relevant information on best use for our pathway related equipment.

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    Sharing image studies to expand reading expertise and capacities

    Digital collaboration capabilities can enable staff to support clinical personnel in high-demand areas remotely and may allow employees who are under quarantine to continue to assist in reading images. Participation of expert radiologists located in different time zones can allow shared images to be reviewed efficiently. teamplay Images is a secure, cloud-based image sharing service for DICOM files.14 It provides access to imaging studies quickly and easily from desktop computers or tablets and enables secured sharing and discussion of relevant cases beyond the institution. teamplay Images is easily deployed through teamplay digital health platform.

    Related Products and Topics

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