These past few months have shown how vital hospitals are in communities across our nation. In the face of potential natural or human-made threats, healthcare building resilience remains an important issue in several health systems. Certainly, the delivery of clinical care to the highest standards keeps hospital operations sharp and patients in good care. However, hospitals can leverage smart technology solutions to optimize their healthcare building resilience measures. Healthcare building resilience can be achieved when the smart infrastructure supports facility management needs and prioritizes patient care.
Power Reliability and Redundancy
Perhaps the foremost greatest threat to mitigate when establishing healthcare building resilience is the prospect of losing power. If power supplies are interrupted, all hospital systems from those that deliver critical patient care to building security and HVAC systems can’t continue. Many healthcare facilities currently use energy from renewable sources and microgrids. These distributed energy resources need close monitoring to identify early signs of malfunctions — which can cause other damages beyond halted hospital operations. If the primary power system does go out for whatever reason, there should be redundancy measures ready for engagement.
Smart hospitals need to account for cybersecurity safeguards in their healthcare building resilience plans. That is, the connected building systems and system network should be guarded against cyberattacks that can steal information or shut down the hospital. Additionally, this makes having backup systems all the more essential, as other causes of system downtime can be a prime opportunity for cybercriminals to strike. Patient data, financial information, medical data from devices, and entire facility management systems could be targeted in such attacks.
Safety and Security Management
If your healthcare facilities’ infrastructure is vulnerable, so are your patients’ and workers’ safety and well-being. Most enterprise worthy security systems keep network and access control security under close supervision. For smart healthcare facilities, if security management systems are down, so can their patient and asset location management tools. The real-time location system (RTLS) helps keep track of patients, room occupancy, equipment availability, and more. These tools help healthcare workers make data-driven decisions to increase their operational efficiencies and keep patients under close care. Even in an age with tons of connectivity, people are skeptical of these locational tools. In reality, the RTLS prevents infant abduction and dangerous patient wandering, reduces equipment theft, increases equipment utilization rates, and can encourage care providers to spend more time with their patients.
Schneider Electric Presents Solutions for Healthcare Buildings
Schneider Electric’s world-class EcoStruxure platform includes unique solutions for the healthcare industry. Connected smart hospitals lead to higher healthcare building resilience. At times when our communities count on hospitals and healthcare workers the most, we hope your facility can count on Schneider to be there with you.
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