Siemens Healthineers, HeartFlow Collaborate to Provide FFRct Analysis Following Coronary CTA
Mar 16, 2017
· Global agreement allows companies to develop integrated, noninvasive care solutions for improved management of coronary artery disease patients
Siemens Healthineers and HeartFlow, Inc. have entered into a global collaboration agreement to provide a comprehensive, noninvasive solution to support the diagnosis and management of patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). HeartFlow is a pioneer in personalized medical technology to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of CAD. Siemens Healthineers aims to enable healthcare providers to meet current challenges and excel in their respective environments. To execute this strategy in the field of cardiology, Siemens Healthineers is collaborating with HeartFlow and contributing its strength in computed tomography (CT).
The collaboration’s joint solution pairs CT scanners from Siemens Healthineers, which provide excellent image quality, with the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis, the first noninvasive technology to provide insight into both the extent of coronary artery disease and the impact that disease has on blood flow to the heart.
Using CT images, the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis creates a personalized 3D model of each patient’s arteries; computer algorithms then simulate blood flow and assess the impact of arterial blockages. The combined clinical pathway of coronary CT angiography (cCTA) and the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis offers actionable information that helps physicians determine each patient’s optimal course of treatment. Published clinical data1 demonstrate that use of the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis may prevent unnecessary invasive angiograms.
Although the United States is the initial commercial focus of this collaboration agreement, the two companies plan to expand their efforts to additional geographic markets in the future.
“This exciting partnership between Siemens Healthineers and HeartFlow, Inc., allows us to combine the exceptional cCTA images acquired by our world-class scanners with the only commercial product available that can derive fractional flow reserve noninvasively from CT data, to provide clinicians with a comprehensive noninvasive solution for improved patient management,” said Douglas Ryan, VP of the Computed Tomography (CT) business line at Siemens Healthineers North America.
“HeartFlow is pleased to collaborate with Siemens Healthineers, with its outstanding technology, tremendous expertise, and global reach,” said John H. Stevens, MD, chairman and CEO of HeartFlow. “Like HeartFlow, Siemens Healthineers is deeply committed to helping clinicians improve the patient experience and clinical outcomes while also helping them to reduce the total cost of healthcare. By working together, we can ensure this technology gets to every patient who can benefit from it.”
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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. A leader in medical technology, Siemens Healthineers is constantly innovating its portfolio of products and services in its core areas of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and in laboratory diagnostics and molecular medicine. Siemens Healthineers is also actively developing its digital health services and enterprise services. To help customers succeed in today’s dynamic healthcare marketplace, Siemens Healthineers is championing new business models that maximize opportunity and minimize risk for healthcare providers. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens Healthineers generated revenue of €13.5 billion and profit of over €2.3 billion and has about 46,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available at www.siemens.com/healthineers.
HeartFlow, Inc. is a personalized medical technology company seeking to transform the way cardiovascular disease is diagnosed and treated. The company’s HeartFlow FFRct Analysis is the first available non-invasive solution that enables a physician to more accurately evaluate whether a patient has significant coronary artery disease (CAD) based on both anatomy and physiology. The solution, which leverages deep learning to create a personalized 3D model of the patient’s arteries, is well positioned to become an integral part of the standard of care for patients who are at risk for CAD because of its potential to improve clinical outcomes, improve the patient experience and reduce the cost of care. The HeartFlow FFRct Analysis is available in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. For more information visit www.heartflow.com.
1Douglas, P.S., DeBruyne, B., Pontone, G., Patel, MR, et al. (2016). 1-Year Outcomes of FFRCT-Guided Care in Patients with Suspected Coronary Disease: The PLATFORM Study. J Am Coll Cardiol, 68(5), 435-45.