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Technology to help American communities

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A recent index from U.S. News and World report ranked America 18th in Quality of Life.  

Among America’s domestic challenges, the country now spends significantly more on healthcare than every other high-income nation but has lower life expectancy and worse overall health.  

Additionally, infrastructure needed to support growing, high-density population centers isn’t keeping pace with demand.  The return of Americans to cities is creating a variety of challenges, including traffic congestion, lack of energy productivity, and environmental problems.

To improve healthcare, Siemens is focused on providing lifesaving health technology and driving breakthrough medical innovations. Every day approximately 1,500,000 people in the United States benefit from medical care in which systems and solutions from Siemens are utilized.

To develop the smart cities of the future, Siemens is pioneering intelligent infrastructure.

 

Detecting Zika – early and accurately

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Siemens Healthineers’ Molecular Diagnostics team is advancing innovation in the world of genetic testing – including the fight against the Zika virus. Last year its new molecular testing kit for the Zika virus was granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Zika has been linked to a number of harmful impacts – even birth defects such as microcephaly. What’s more, four out of five people who have Zika don’t know it.*

Siemens invested in R&D to innovate Zika detection technology, supporting physicians in their efforts to diagnose patients quickly and accurately. Molecular tests can be an earlier indicator of Zika virus infection than tests for anti-Zika antibodies. For Siemens, the new testing kit was a step forward in the company’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the disease.

Building the City of the Future

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By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. With current U.S. infrastructure earning a D+ grade by The American Society of Civil Engineers, the U.S. needs to improve its infrastructure with smart solutions to ensure the economic success and longevity of cities across America. The answer is building smarter infrastructure.

In Seattle, Siemens is integrating traffic management systems across the city’s urban areas, enhancing real-time traffic alert and control. Using software, Seattle will be able to link traffic planning and control systems in order to take better advantage of its existing road infrastructure, lessen the impact of major