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Reviving Infrastructure for Institution Success and Patient Engagement
ASHE Conference - Indianapolis

Fawn Staerkel, director of healthcare 

The ever-growing pressure on healthcare institutions to implement new technologies and advanced systems while keeping up with patient satisfaction is becoming more challenging as infrastructure ages and budgets decrease. While many healthcare institutions don’t have the funds necessary to become an internet of things (IoT) hotspot, there are ways to upgrade existing infrastructure and repurpose facilities to get the outcomes needed with patient engagement.

Addressable speaker technology can provide a multitude of benefits to healthcare institutions, including individual on-off audio control for each device. By installing speakers with the capability to deliver audio messages to targeted areas within a building, the fire alarm panel can be programmed to select exactly which speakers are used – and what message is played on them – during an emergency. This capability enables the delivery of critical, event-specific information exactly where it’s needed throughout a facility.

Integrating building automation systems can set the foundation for modern building efficiency by enhancing occupant comfort, safety, security and productivity. All building equipment and systems from heating, cooling, and lighting to life safety systems can be integrated into one system to work together as a cohesive unit. On top of that, systems such as these help to combat the rising risk of cybersecurity attacks.

The latest advances in nurse call communications systems enable streamlined, customized communication between patient and clinician and among caregivers, which helps enhance patient satisfaction, improve quality of care and boost caregiver productivity. IP-based healthcare communications solutions are a great example of technology that allows clinicians to instantly communicate with each other and their patients.

By implementing building-wide systems integration, healthcare institutions can gain more unified technology integration, including IoT across facilities and clinics. Historically, integrators are brought into the fold later in the process, which immediately gives buildings a disadvantage. By including contractors in the conversation during the concept stage, facilities can more easily achieve building-wide integration and success.

We had the pleasure of attending the ASHE Annual Conference in Indianapolis earlier this month, where we showcased the above technology and participated in conversations around these themes.  While we were there, we learned that ASHE is spearheading an executive committee strictly to help facility leaders communicate to their healthcare stakeholders about the support needed for infrastructure upgrades to happen. It’s evident that the industry realizes the criticality and necessity of these upgrades.

With the added capabilities obtained from Tyco SimplexGrinnell, Johnson Controls is more capable than ever before to help hospitals and clinics create healing and safe environments for improved clinical and operational outcomes. Our integrated technologies and solutions create safer, smarter and more sustainable environments for hospitals and clinics while also allowing them to save time, reduce risk, decrease costs and improve overall building performance.

 

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