Siemens Unveils ImageScapes Customized Healthcare Environments
Scalable solutions ranging from colorful wall and equipment coverings to tranquil sounds and aromatherapy enable healthcare facilities to transform the patient experience
Siemens Healthcare has announced the availability of its ImageScapes™ customized thematic healthcare environments, which are designed to calm and comfort patients of all ages and positively impact the patient experience. ImageScapes customized healthcare environments include colorful, maintenance-free wraps of imaging equipment and walls; artistically designed, three-dimensional (3-D) sculpted coverings that transform the look of an imaging system; and custom décor for exam rooms and waiting areas. To help stimulate each of the senses and truly immerse patients in the desired environment, ImageScapes also includes tranquil sounds and inviting aromatherapy. ImageScapes customized healthcare environments are an example of Siemens’ approach to delivering innovative solutions that provide maximum value to customers – primary goals of the Healthcare Sector’s Agenda 2013 global initiative.
Customized and scalable to meet healthcare providers’ needs and budgets, ImageScapes healthcare environments not only help facilities potentially improve patient satisfaction and avoid cancellations, but they also may increase levels of staff satisfaction by providing a more inviting work environment. The soothing lights, fragrances and music offered by ImageScapes in a women’s health department can mimic the luxurious feel of a spa; a sand castle façade placed over a CT system, combined with the sounds of waves and seagulls and the subtle aroma of coconut oil, can transport adult patient populations to the beach; and colorful circus images that cover an MR system and the surrounding walls can help ease stress and anxiety for pediatric patients and their parents.
“How patients experience care will be viewed more critically than ever before, since HCAHPS (Hospital Consensus Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores directly impact a facility’s level of reimbursement,” explained Gerhard Schmiedel, vice president of X-ray Products at Siemens Healthcare. “The unique, immersive settings provided by ImageScapes help to create a more soothing patient treatment environment that also helps healthcare providers distinguish themselves from their market competitors.”
Launched recently by Siemens Healthcare Sector, Agenda 2013 is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector’s innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.