Healthcare

For Healthcare Providers, Disaster Recovery is a Matter of Life or Death

Prolonged power outages can be costly to any business. But when healthcare providers fail to recover quickly from disaster, it literally can cost lives. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities rely… Read more »

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Protecting Healthcare Data: Facilities New Role In Cyber Security

In December 2013, 40 million Target customers were affected by one of the largest breaches in retail history. In December 2015, Target agreed to pay $39 million to banks as… Read more »

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The Smart Hospital: 5 Benefits of Intelligence

As my first post in this series showed, demographics are causing healthcare demand to outpace budgets. Hospitals are tasked with the need to do more with less, while also keeping… 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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Three Reasons Your Hospital Needs an Intelligent Infrastructure

Your hospital needs to get smarter – specifically in terms of its infrastructure. Why? Because there’s increased demand on healthcare facilities, driven by demographics. World population will grow 33% over… Read more »

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Perspective: When the Hospital is the Victim

The recent New York Times article, “When the Hospital Fires the Bullet”, certainly brought forward a dramatic scenario in a hospital, in which 26-year-old Alan Pean was shot by a… Read more »

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The Top 5 Benefits of Big Data in Healthcare Facilities

As we discussed in our last blog, use of Big Data is on the rise everywhere, and it’s a technological advancement that healthcare facilities can– and need to– take advantage… Read more »

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What’s the Big Deal with Hospital Big Data?

“Big Data” is a big buzzword. But what does it really mean and why all the hype? Well, as its name suggests, Big Data involves the accumulation of massive amounts… Read more »

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Best practices in regards to the 21 CFR Part 11 and Wonderware Software

In this blog post I plan to take a look at the FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Regulations (what is it?, term definitions, why do we need it?), and resources… Read more »

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Strategies for Defending our Healthcare Heroes from Terrorist Attacks

Coauthored by Steve Nibbelink In light of the recent events that have plagued our cities, I would first and foremost like to extend my condolences to the victims and families of… Read more »

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Strategies to maintain hospital thermoregulation and patient comfort

In my previous blogs, I explored the ways that the human body can be used to model an intelligent hospital infrastructure. In this new blog, I continue that theme by… Read more »

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An inside look at designing building automation for life sciences facilities

Guest blog by Fran Selvaggio Building automation is critical to the performance, cost, and regulatory compliance of life sciences facilities. Yet, unless Building Management System (BMS) planning occurs in the… Read more »

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Can hospitals ever be fully prepared for massive power outages?

Damaging storms don’t discriminate. Even hospitals in the path of historic Hurricane Sandy across the eastern U.S. suffered widespread power loss. This unexpected occurrence highlights the importance of reliable power… Read more »

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Edge Computing Helps Colocation Provider Internap Meet Customers’ Latency and Agility Requirements

As a colocation provider, Internap has to be able to meet the needs of its customers quickly and consistently. More and more, those customers are looking for data centers that… 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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Lessons from Biology: Why Your Hospital Needs an Autonomic Nervous System

Hospitals are unique environments where we care for our most vulnerable population: patients. We are relatively successful at creating hospital structures that protect patients from powerful forces of nature such… Read more »

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Stop Flushing Medical Errors Down the Toilet

We have explored in previous writings how biological systems and human physiology can model elegant solutions for the design and operation of complex hospital buildings, suggesting ideas for non-disruptive alarm… 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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How do hospital power outages increase financial exposure?

I read recently that even though there were 513 outages in the US between 2002 and 2008 (an average of six per month), today only 1 in 20 hospitals (in… 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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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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Medical research improved through efficient laboratory workplace settings

Medical research generates new ideas and innovation every day. To swiftly incorporate these developments into healthcare delivery, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is an innovative diamond… Read more »

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Less Painful Than A Shot: Four-Step Plan To Optimizing Small Clinic Efficiency

For improved operations and optimized energy efficiency in many small healthcare clinics, retrofitting is required via an upgraded building management system (BMS). However, it’s not as painful of a process… Read more »

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The Digital Transformation of Australia’s healthcare industry

Australia’s healthcare system is extremely complex and it is best described as a web of services, providers, recipients and organizational structures. Complexity is unavoidable to ensure multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse… Read more »

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Tips To Help Get Your Healthcare Project Funded

In today’s challenging healthcare environment, many well intentioned projects proposed both by supplier partners and facility managers go unfunded. Many times, the rejection of funding is not because the project… 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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Designing Healthcare Facilities with Change in Mind

Like all things on earth, time impacts buildings to cause either evolution or extinction. We are most familiar with the concept of evolution in biology, where it is discussed as… Read more »

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Balance your Hospital Ecosystem to Improve Patient Safety

Winston Churchill said. “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” While all building owners strive to comply with federal and local building codes, perhaps hospital CEOs and… Read more »

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Voltage sags aren’t that swell

It’s good to get a warning when a dip is in the road ahead. And it’s good to take it seriously, as I learned as a teenager with my new… Read more »

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