CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Medical University of South Carolina announced on Monday morning it would be forming a strategic partnership with Siemens Healthineers.
The goal is to enhance the patient experience through research and engineering.
Officials with both the school and Siemens Healthineers said this is a first-of-its-kind strategic partnership which will combine MUSC's clinical care, research and education expertise with Siemens Helthineers' engineering innovations and work flow-improvement capabilities.
One specific goal is to "drastically reduce" the time it takes for severe stroke patients to get treatment.
According to a release, the national standard for stroke care sets the goal at less than 90 minutes from the time a patient enters the hospital until they get into surgery.
With this partnership, MUSC hopes to bring that down to about 20 minutes.
The partnership will also enhance "digital twin technology" which is a kind of artificial intelligence. A digital twin has been used at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion.
"In the end we have to show that we can do what patients want," Chief Executive Officer of MUSC Health Dr. Patrick Cawley said. "Patients want safe healthcare. They want equitable healthcare, effective healthcare, efficient healthcare, timely and patient-centered. Those are the six domains of quality that's what patients want. And we're going to prove across all six of those domains that this collaboration will work."
A question-and-answer session on Monday included officials with Siemens Healthineers and MUSC. President of MUSC, Dr. David Cole, was particularly excited about what the partnership means for patients and physicians but also for students.
"When we have an exciting opportunity that we can get our students engaged in, they're going to help us to see the future," Dr. Cole said. "And get engaged in that manner, I think it's going to be very exciting."