Smart Hospital – Keeping It Simple

Puneet Pandit

Your TV, coffeemaker and automobiles are getting “smarter.” What does it mean to be “smart”? SMART is an industry acronym for self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology (SMART). Network infrastructure and IoT make these kinds of interconnected devices possible. Smart devices typically use artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analysis to provide cognitive awareness to objects that were in the past considered inanimate.

Healthcare is adopting “smart devices” – machines that digitize data about machine performance and availability. By ingesting or gathering the data and then analyzing the data the organization becomes smarter and applies insights to improve the patient experience and the quality of care without increasing costs. Hospitals are digitizing a variety of machines used to deliver patient care – from wearables to bedside technology and are beginning to realize the value.

To realize the full potential, devices with SMART tech must be convenient to use without labor intensive implementation and capture external factors faster than a human eye and brain. SMART tech should be sustainable – by this we mean most smart devices reduce the consumption of energy, helping conserve energy, making smart devices good for the planet and the bottom line. Some hospitals are already using smart devices to maintain the physical plant – meaning smart devices adjust lights, heating, cooling during high demand times and even when rooms and equipment are not in service.

Smart technology offers more reliable security than traditional, manually operated systems. Consider sensors that trigger alarm systems. Smart security gadgets such as door sensors, alarm systems, security cameras, provide advance warning to various threats to sensitive physical property like patient rooms, supply cabinets and drug cabinets. Smart tech detects smoke, harmful gases, and leaks and the early warning protects patients and staff from bodily harm and discomfort.

Smart tech is evolving. Today solutions like Glassbeam Clinsights ingest data from sensors imbedded in a vast array of diagnostic equipment. Proprietary algorithms quickly analyze high volumes of data to provide insights to improve servicing and utilization of expensive equipment. Organizations apply insights to make decisions that will improve operations and deliver better results in the future. Smart tech combined with analytic platforms like Glassbeam, enable operational improvements so healthcare organizations can be more efficient, enabling greater productivity across the organization which improves margins while improving the quality of care.

In the future smart hospitals will optimize the physical infrastructure, new building designs will incorporate modern specifications. However, even today hospitals can begin to experience the advantages of smart tech by designing and implementing clinical processes and management systems to leverage the underlying digitized networking infrastructure of interconnected assets. This way organizations can safely scale physical assets to provide quality care to more patients in a timely way. Executive management weighs the need and cost to prioritize smart tech projects.

Glassbeam Clinsights is a high value provider of an analytics platform that plays a pivotal role in the integration and management of data from healthcare assets, facilities, and people visualized in a unified control screen, orchestrated by a single, scalable solution.

Plan to listen to the Harbor Research broadcast featuring Puneet Pandit, the CEO of Glassbeam and Amrit Singh, a consultant with Deloitte Consulting’s Healthcare practice. They discuss the vision of a smart hospital and what organizations are doing and need to do to realize the value of the smart hospital. Hospitals will need to optimize, redesign, and build new clinical processes, management systems, and infrastructure to meet the challenges of healthcare today and into the next decade. Glassbeam and their partners, like Deloitte Consulting, are ready to help your organization achieve the next step in designing and building your smart hospital.

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