Siemens awarded large-scale service contract in Australia

Siemens awarded large-scale service contract in Australia covering 6,000 items of medical technology equipment

In a 1.3 billion Australian Dollar partnership between the Western Australian Department of Health and the services company Serco, Siemens has been subcontracted by Serco to provide a Managed Equipment Service (MES) for the new Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Australia. Consequently, Siemens will be providing services that will manage procurement, installation, maintenance, and regular system replacements of diagnostic and treatment equipment for the next 15 years.

The agreement involves capital investment of 100 Million Australian Dollars (app. 78 million euros) and includes around 6,000 items from CT scanners to monitoring equipment. This is the largest deal that Siemens Healthcare has ever won in Australia.

Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, currently under construction, is a two-billion-dollar venture and one of the largest healthcare new build projects in Australia. The Western Australian Department of Health has contracted the international services company Serco as the overall facilities manager of the hospital. Serco in turn has selected Siemens to provide support in the form of a Managed Equipment Service (MES). This is a comprehensive service agreement that manages not only initial procurement, but also replacement, ongoing management, maintenance and disposal of medical equipment, as well as coordination of user trainings.

Siemens will be managing and supporting around 6,000 pieces of medical equipment for almost all departments in the hospital, ranging from diagnostic imaging, laboratory diagnostics, anesthetics, audiology and intensive care. Under the vendor-independent agreement, Siemens will manage differing equipment suppliers, with the aim of integrating them into the hospital workflow to optimize the quality of care and to ensure best technologies are available to the patients. The contract runs for a period of 15 years and includes management of planned replacement of the equipment with updated technology.

In December 2011, Siemens commenced with the first phase of the 100 million AUD capital investment program which will see the first major items being procured. These include advanced computed tomography scanners, magnetic resonance systems, and other imaging equipment.

The Fiona Stanley Hospital is scheduled to open in April 2014 and will be Western Australia