Act on Stroke

Assess. Change. Treat. For excellent processes in stroke care.

Act on Stroke offers new opportunities for the assessment and improvement of hospital operations and clinical processes. Along with the quality of diagnosis, therapy and aftercare, the maturity and stability of processes are key foundations of medical care – within the hospital and beyond.


 The facts

  • Every 2 minutes someone suffers a stroke in Germany.1
  • Nearly 50% of all stroke patients are not treated in dedicated stroke units.2
  • Less than 25% of all stroke patients reach the hospital within three hours.3
  • Only 4.3% of patients with ischemic stroke receive thrombolytic treatment.3
  • Only about 40% of the surviving stroke patients show no further handicaps one year after the event.4
  • The survival rate for stroke patients rises by 32% if, for example, there is a dedicated stroke unit.5

The new approach
With Act on Stroke, Siemens Healthcare Consulting has created a new approach which is specifically developed for process improvement in stroke treatment. Based on a systematic model, encompassing the care guidelines, current scientific results and clinical expertise, Act on Stroke rates the level of maturity of complex clinical processes on a scale of 1 to 5.


On this basis, Act on Stroke offers specific optimization opportunities, aimed for continuous improvements in stroke care in your hospital.

Experiences that speak for themselves

„An impressive and conclusive process analysis of our organized stroke unit care. Siemens Healthcare Consulting raises exactly the right subjects with their appraisal of our deficiencies.
The recommended actions will help us to overcome efficiently residual obstacles within our stroke processes.”
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. E. Bernd Ringelstein Director of Clinic and Policlinic for Neurology, Münster, Member of the Committee of the European Stroke Organization

1Kolominsky-Rabas P.L. and Heuschmann, P. U. Incidence, Etiology and Long-Term Prognosis of Stroke. Fortschritte der Neurologie Psychiatrie 2002;70:657-62

2Busse O. et al, Nervenarzt 2008 79;747-748

3Lloyd-Jones et al, Circulation 2009;119;e21-e181

4Ward, A., Payne, K. A., Caro, J. J., Heuschmann, P. U., and Kolominsky-Rabas, P. L. Care Needs and Economic Consequences After Acute Ischemic Stroke: the Erlangen Stroke Project. European Journal of Neurology 2005;12(4):264-7

5Royal College of Physicians, (2001), National Sentinel Audit for Stroke - Clinical Audit Report.