Siemens (NYSE:SI) Healthineers said today it inked a multi-year deal with Houston Methodist Hospital to integrate its imaging technologies into the Houston Methodist’s facilities and engage in joint research & development
Through the deal, the Houston Methodist Research Institute will be equipped with Siemens devices and platforms for angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, molecular imaging, imaging IT and ultrasound.
“We are eager to start our work together and look forward to seeing the outcome of this promising collaboration. We also look forward to working with scientists at Siemens Healthineers who share our mission of leading medicine,” Houston Methodist CEO Dr. Marc Boom said in a press release.
As a focal point in the agreement, the Houston Methodist Hospital will receive 2 interventional suites combining traditional hybrid CT/angiography suites with advanced imaging technology, Siemens said. Siemens will also provide a comprehensive coverage model, onsite service engineers, a dedicated service manager and onsite research scientists.
“This relationship is a major step forward for both Siemens Healthineers and Houston Methodist. We are excited to be Houston Methodist’s technology partner and to collaborate on cutting-edge research that will lead to the next generation of valuable medical technology,” Siemens Healthineers NA prez David Pacitti said in a prepared statement.
Both groups will conduct joint research at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, with Siemens providing an investigational 7 Tesla MR machine, to be used for research only. Siemens Healthineers engineers will join Texas Medical Center engineers in researching new imaging advancements, the company said.
Earlier this month, Siemens said it is looking to update a select number of its positron emission tomography scanners to deal with cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could allow the equipment to be hacked.