Healthcare

This House can save your Life

Recently I had the chance to visit an old time friend – unfortunately the reason was a funeral, since her dad passed away. In the late afternoon, she opened her… Read more »

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How are hospitals celebrating Earth Day?

Happy Earth Day! As a kid, I remember celebrating Earth Day by planting trees and recycling. Today’s celebrations still include recycling and tree planting, but also include educational information and… Read more »

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The best hospitals are safe hospitals

By far, clinical excellence lies at the core of world-class hospitals; however patient safety and hospital reputation also plays an important role, as indicated in U.S. News’ recent ranking of… Read more »

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Joint Commission: 10 most cited Healthcare facility standards

At my last HAAHE (Houston Area Association of Healthcare Engineers) meeting I watched a dynamic presentation by Susan B. Laughlin, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP who spoke about the most frequently cited… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: What hurts hospitals’ energy efficiency?

In general, hospitals need electricity just as much as the doctors to operate efficiently.  Our Infographic explores energy usage in healthcare facilities.

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Two Trends Worth Following when Designing New Healthcare Facilities

Guest post by, Graeme Robertson, Global Business Development Director, Healthcare Solutions, Schneider Electric According to the Center of Health Design,  2 of the 10 biggest trends affecting the next 10… Read more »

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7 signs your hospital could benefit from an energy performance contract

In my last blog, I talked a little about energy performance contracts (EPCs) and how they have benefitted hospitals that need get creative with funding energy management and sustainability initiatives…. Read more »

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Hospital energy waste puts a damper on operating budgets and public health

In Australia, energy prices have increased 19% over the last 3 years, and in 2012, the government passed a new carbon tax, which is expected to increase hospital electricity bills… Read more »

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Money talks. Are you listening?

We listen attentively when it comes to our personal investments – negotiating the purchase price of our homes, choosing retirement accounts, or waiting for a big sale. For most people,… Read more »

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Explosion of Technology in Healthcare Requires Cooperation Between IT and Facilities

With the big HIMSS 13  event going on in New Orleans this week, I’ve got healthcare on my mind. HIMSS is focused on healthcare in IT and there’s certainly lots… Read more »

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Top Ten Patient Safety Concerns of 2015

As healthcare facilities continue to grow and evolve, so do concerns over patient safety in those facilities. Though hospitals are intended to be places of healing, they also have to… Read more »

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Moorfields Eye Hospital: Improving Facility Visibility with EcoStruxure™ for Healthcare

Moorfields Eye Hospital was founded in 1805, and today is the oldest ophthalmic hospital in Europe. This world-class hospital supports a staff of 2,300 people, and thousands of patients each… Read more »

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“Stay fit” at the 2015 ASHE Annual Conference

  The 52nd ASHE Annual Conference is just days away and more than 3,000 health care professionals are preparing to travel to Boston to attend. They will have the opportunity… Read more »

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SF6 Technology Provides Space and Cost Savings in Hospital Electrical Renovation Projects

As I travel across the country and speak with hospital facility directors, a number of common themes emerge during the conversations. Reduced margins leading to reduced capital budgets, the need… Read more »

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Choosing LED lighting for enclosures: 6 important features

In the quest for improved energy efficiency and lower energy costs, most parts of the globe have begun adopting LED technology. And the trend shows no sign of abating. A… Read more »

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Four Digital Hospital Trends that Leverage IoT

As populations grow, facilities age and patients demand better service, hospital operations will be pushed to their limits. But there is hope. The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable more… Read more »

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IHSSF Weapons Survey – Summary

Given an increase in violence in the hospital setting and continued attention on hospital security programs, the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IHSSF) recently completed a research project examining… Read more »

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Digitization of Health

Technology; like a chef who cooks new tastes in a fast changing enviroment to make our lives better by pushing us to try new tastes and to have smarter cuisines…… Read more »

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Sleep Easy – Improve Patient Satisfaction with Better Environment Control

The advent of the internet and increased reliance on technology has driven a change in social behavior. Consumers expect more, and they expect it now. Healthcare is no different. Patients… Read more »

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Healthcare IoT Delivers Data to Save Money and Lives

Imagine the electrical assets in your hospital fitted with sensors that can detect anomalies and less-than-perfect conditions. Imagine one of these sensors is identifying unexplained heat spikes in one of… Read more »

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What can healthcare learn about energy savings from industrial companies?

In a recent article in Health Facility Management Magazine titled “Tying it all together” by editor Mike Hrickiewicz, the change in the types of facilities we are moving to in… Read more »

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IHSSF Weapons Survey – Summary

Given an increase in violence in the hospital setting and continued attention on hospital security programs, the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation (IHSSF) recently completed a research project examining… Read more »

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Schneider Electric works with IHIS to deliver award-winning H-Cloud antidote to Singapore Healthcare network

Singapore Healthcare staff is used to treating patients and making them well again, but when it came to its legacy IT infrastructure it was in need of a remedy. Among… Read more »

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Genentech: How One Company Made Retrofitting Work

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar Genentech is a pharmaceutical company best known for their groundbreaking cancer treatments. Their CCP1 facility— that is, their first large-scale cell culture production facility—… Read more »

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No Room for Risk: A Sound Business Continuity Plan Is a Must for Healthcare Facilities

Of all the tragic stories that came out of the recent string of hurricanes that hit the southeastern U.S. and Caribbean, one of the worst was the Florida nursing home… Read more »

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4 ways for efficiency in healthcare operations

Efficiency of healthcare facilities is a relative term and has multiple, domain specific definitions. Efficiency ultimately translates to added value and improved performance outcomes. Revisiting the importance of infrastructure and… Read more »

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Digitization of Health

Technology; like a chef who cooks new tastes in a fast changing enviroment to make our lives better by pushing us to try new tastes and to have smarter cuisines…… Read more »

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Hospital Finds a Solution to Its Dirty Power Problems with SureVolt™ Automatic Voltage Regulator

In my last post, I outlined some of the symptoms and causes of “dirty power,” the term for power that is suffering from any of a number of issues, including… Read more »

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Critical Systems Protection in Healthcare: Your Guide to Risk Assessment

Power outage — two words that either keep or wake facilities managers up at night. Rather than tossing and turning or turning over disaster scenarios in your mind, prepare for… Read more »

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Risk – A Four Letter Word You Should Mention

An article I recently read discussed risk assessments in hospitals for items from infections to patient records. It was interesting how interwoven these assessments and processes were to provide checks and balances… Read more »

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