The Center for Connected Medicine Welcomes Varian Medical Systems as Newest Strategic Partner

The Center for Connected Medicine, a global thought leader defining the transformation of health care, today welcomed Varian Medical Systems as its newest strategic partner. A leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions, Varian joins five founding and nine other strategic partners contributing to the Center’s mission of developing a blueprint to overcome the fragmented state of health care today.

“The health care industry is undergoing rapid change, and the connected medicine model is vital for creating a more sustainable system,” says Chris Toth, vice president of Oncology Systems marketing at Varian Medical Systems. “Our collaboration with the Center allows us to showcase how our medical technologies can be integrated into a seamless environment that puts patients at the center of care.”

Varian officially joined the Center earlier this spring. “We are impressed with Varian’s corporate vision and mission,” notes Angela Pantelas, Executive Director at the Center for Connected Medicine. “Cancer treatment demands that multiple providers, often located in multiple facilities, become involved in a patient’s care. Varian recognizes how vital it is for these clinicians to be connected, communicating and coordinating their approaches for the ultimate wellbeing of the patient. We are delighted to add Varian’s perspective to the Center’s efforts.”

Established in 2009, the Center for Connected Medicine services as the world’s first collaborative health care executive briefing center and has hosted nearly 11,000 visitors representing 57 countries. Those touring the Center engage in discussions about how best to overcome barriers in order to achieve a more cohesive approach to medicine, and experience ways technology developed by each of the Center’s partners can be integrated to transform and enhance care delivery.

“Varian is a world-wide leader in medical technology,” says Andrew Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, Medical Director at the Center for Connected Medicine. “The company’s breadth of offerings for treating patients is invaluable, and the company’s holistic point of view will help us further define solutions for health care. We are looking forward to leveraging the contributions Varian will make to the Center’s mission.”

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CONNECTED MEDICINE

The Center for Connected Medicine is defining the transformation of health care by serving as a global thought leader. As the world’s first collaborative health care executive briefing center, it is committed to developing the blueprint for innovative patient-centered and population health models using strategically integrated health information technology. Established in 2009 and located in Pittsburgh, the Center for Connected Medicine is comprised of five founding partners— Alcatel Lucent, General Electric, IBM, UPMC and Verizon—and nine strategic partners representing various facets of the health information community. By creating connections among those who deliver, receive and support health care, the Center promotes cultural change, coordinated care delivery and greater patient engagement. To learn more about connected medicine, as well as the Center’s vision and initiatives, please visit www.connectedmed.com.

ABOUT VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies high-energy X-ray devices for cargo screening and non-destructive testing applications. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 5,900 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com.

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