Healthcare

Looking Ahead: Best Practices #7 and #8 for Retrofitting Your Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar Throughout this series, we’ve covered six of the eight best practices for retrofitting an automated pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. In this installment, we’ll cover the… Read more »

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Preparing Hospitals for the Future of Connectivity

Guest Blogger: Francois Durand, Product Application Engineer, Network Connectivity Long gone are the days where you’ll find a nurse at the end of your hospital bed noisily flipping through a… Read more »

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Getting Educated, Getting Involved: Best Practices #5 and #6 for Retrofitting Your Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar In our last installment, we covered the third and fourth best practices adopted by Genentech and proven to be effective in retrofitting pharmaceutical manufacturing… Read more »

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Data, Development, and Documentation: Best Practices #3 and #4 for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Retrofit

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar In our last blog, we provided an introduction to the first two of eight best practices for effectively retrofitting manufacturing systems in a pharmaceutical… Read more »

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Getting Started: Best Practices #1 and #2 for a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Upgrade Project

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar It’s hard to address flaws in an existing system if you don’t know what they are. And the more information that a facility has… Read more »

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Healthcare Microgrids Evolve from Backup to Part of the Energy Value Chain

Hospitals are often pillars of the communities they serve. And, while the welfare of patients, safety of staff and comfort of visitors remain top priorities, today, leadership extends beyond healthcare… 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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How to Know When to Upgrade Your Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Systems

Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Parapar Pharmaceutical manufacturing is an essential part of the healthcare industry landscape, and it’s one that’s constantly evolving, especially as technology continues to advance. But… Read more »

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IoT DIY: Putting Mobile App Design into Hands of Building Experts

Note: This is the second in a series of blogs about the functionality and potential of custom end user apps for nontechnical owners or managers of commercial buildings. In my… Read more »

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Why Efficient Buildings Translate to Better Patient Care

Whether you work for a sprawling urban hospital or a small neighborhood clinic, you’re faced with the same buildings challenges: high maintenance costs, rising energy prices and aging infrastructure. This… 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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The Role of Energy Managers Is Changing: Are You Prepared?

The changing energy management landscape has created the opportunity to use less and save more, but it’s also made energy management a much more complex job than even a few… Read more »

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Battery health: Why your UPS batteries deserve good health care too

How many devices do you have with you right now that rely on batteries? Right now on my desk, I have three. There are times at home when I’m sure… Read more »

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Is Your Energy Glide Slope Set for a Smooth Landing?

Glide slope is a term used to describe the path of flight that ensures a safe and successful landing for an airplane. It can also be used to describe a… 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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What is the answer for Healthcare security today, with crime on the rise?

The rise of crime and violence is hospitals is staggering. 91% of all reported crimes in US Hospitals in 2010 had doubled since the last survey in 2004 by the… Read more »

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How can an integrated healthcare infrastructure improve patient safety?

The statistics are staggering: According the World Health Organization, 1 in 10 patients is harmed while receiving care in even the most advanced hospitals. The National Center for Missing and… 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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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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4 simple steps to creating a lean, mean hospital infrastructure machine

So we’ve learned that an intelligent hospital infrastructure impacts patient care, hospital efficiency, staff productivity, and the bottom line. But how do you sell the idea to your hospital’s C-level… Read more »

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Top 3 components of a solid healthcare security program

Healthcare leaders have long been challenged with creating and maintaining a welcoming, safe, and secure environment in their facilities. Looking back to 1968, at the first International Association for Healthcare… Read more »

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Is your hospital a breeding ground for healthcare-acquired infections?

Anyone with a green thumb knows that a healthy plant has a “give-and-take” exchange with the soil in which the roots are embedded. Mineral nutrients essential for growth are drawn… Read more »

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The Role of Energy Managers Is Changing: Are You Prepared?

The changing energy management landscape has created the opportunity to use less and save more, but it’s also made energy management a much more complex job than even a few… Read more »

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Two Unexpected Ways Building Automation Might Benefit Your Hospital

A recent article by Megan Headley on FacilityCare’s website details “Two Big Ways Building Automation Can Improve the Patient Experience” and discusses some benefits that you might not be getting… Read more »

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Your Attention Please! How to Combat Alarm Fatigue in Hospitals

What is alarm fatigue? Expect the unexpected in a hospital! In-patients have cardiac arrests or need immediate assistance to prevent falls, the ambulance arrives at the ER with a dying… Read more »

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Battery health: Why your UPS batteries deserve good health care too

How many devices do you have with you right now that rely on batteries? Right now on my desk, I have three. There are times at home when I’m sure… Read more »

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Strategies for Controlling Costs for Clinics and Offsite Ambulatory Care Centers

For healthcare organizations, going smaller is big. A growing number of offsite ambulatory care centers such as clinics, outpatient surgery centers and the like are increasingly part of the healthcare… Read more »

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Secure Power for industry crosses multiple domains of expertise

To ensure the reliability of mission-critical applications in industry and infrastructure, organizations are tapping some of the same type of technologies used to protect data centers and information technology (IT)… Read more »

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3 Core Challenges of Installing and Supporting Sophisticated Diagnostic Equipment in Hospitals

We’ve all viewed scenes like this on TV: A very sick patient in some remote location is precariously clinging to life. The local doctor cannot solve the medical problem without… Read more »

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From Millions to Billions: The Rise of Healthcare Mobile Applications

Walk down the hallway of a top hospital today and you’ll be confronted with a rising tide of mobile technology. You’ll see patients fiddling with their smartphones in waiting rooms,… Read more »

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