Make Healthcare Facilities Smarter, Safer and More Efficient
Schneider Electric, an energy management and automation company, and ThoughtWire, a provider of digital twins for the built environment, have recently partnered to create smarter digital hospitals that make for a more seamless experience in healthcare environments.“What we’re essentially doing is bringing those two services together — facility management and clinical operations — to understand how the building is working, to find when something might be an issue,” says Christopher Roberts, a solution architect for Schneider Electric.
The joint, end-to-end software solution, known as Digital Hospital, combines Internet of Things technology with Microsoft Azure cloud services to create a contextual data model of a hospital’s information and operational technology systems, IoT devices and sensors, and workflows.
In collecting and analyzing data from the entire hospital network, Digital Hospital effectively breaks down the information silos that exist across healthcare. The solution exemplifies how software tools can enable a greater understanding of usage and performance of the entire healthcare operation across the facility and among caregivers.
From the building management side, this type of software tool can monitor and control things such as lighting and heating in rooms, using artificial intelligence to turn systems down or off when they’re not in use. The automated process can increase sustainability for an organization and positively impact its carbon footprint.
On the clinical side, Dale Hall, executive vice president and co-founder of ThoughtWire, mentions that orchestrating data across clinical systems and IoT is useful in giving staff full visibility into patient needs and larger hospital workflows. Data delivery by dashboard provides clinicians with real-time, actionable information that empowers them to make better, data-driven care decisions.
This article was written by Andrew Steger, web editor for HealthTech magazine.
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