Healthcare

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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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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How Can You Leverage Manufacturing Quality Improvement Techniques to Improve the Reliability of Your Healthcare Facility?

Power reliability in healthcare facilities is strongly related to the quality of healthcare delivery. In fact, a survey amongst facility managers by Schneider Electric identifies the subject as a chief… Read more »

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Behavioral Treatment for the Fragmented Hospital

Buddha says, “Where we have the most difficulty, we have the most to learn.” Business organizations often use the term “silo”, when referring to employees or departments who work as… 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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Data Transparency is Vital to World-class Hospitals

In speaking with hospital stakeholders around the world, from C-level executives to operational managers, we find one of the biggest challenges to improving operational efficiency is the sheer complexity of… 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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IoT in the Real World … How Can Mobile Apps Help Us Connect?

Note: This is the first in a series of blogs about the functionality and potential of custom end user apps for nontechnical owners or managers of commercial buildings. With the… 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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The Secure Power Difference: Risk Mitigation and Beyond

In our first post, we defined what industrial secure power is and some vertical industry applications, but this leaves the all important question of “why” secure power solutions are needed…. Read more »

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Secure Power in Healthcare: Taking Care of the Pain Points

The top concern or “pain point “with Secure Power in the healthcare industry continues to be—and should be—energy availability, but there are other pain points that extend beyond availability and… Read more »

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WEBCAST: Getting Electrical Contractors Involved in the Secure Power Opportunity

As part of Schneider Electric’s efforts to highlight the need to protect mission-critical, non-information technology (IT) “Secure Power” applications in industry, commercial, and infrastructure settings, a new webcast is available… 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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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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Predictive Maintenance: A More Strategic Approach to Ensuring UPS Availability

Before I joined Schneider Electric recently, I spent 25 years in the semiconductor business, first as an equipment maintenance engineering manager for a manufacturer and later as operations manager for… Read more »

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Improve patient safety through power availability and reliability

Full disclaimer: I’m no doctor. My training in the healthcare industry only goes as far as an industrial first aid course. But let’s say you’re getting heart surgery. It’s pretty… Read more »

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Healthcare Mobile Apps Must-Haves: Benefits for All

In our last blog, we discussed the benefits of mobile apps for patients and seniors. But the upsides don’t stop there—facility managers, medical professionals, and executives can also benefit from… Read more »

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Demand Response IS Supply Chain Management

Let’s acknowledge Demand Response for what it really is: the premier tool for supply chain management of electrons. Really? I know. DR came into its own by its use in… Read more »

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Healthcare facility reliability and resiliency benefits from integrated design approach

Hospitals and medical centers are among the most “mission-critical” industry sectors. Their power supply must be extremely reliable and their systems must work well together because these facilities are protecting… 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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Infection Control Regulations: A Plea for Building Codes and Patient Safety

A landmark event in the history of hospital regulatory codes was a tragic fire in the Hartford Hospital in 1961. A lit cigarette butt, thrown into a trash chute, sparked… 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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Humans and Machines Tagteam to Reduce Human Error and Ensure Patient Safety

I recently had surgery at a highly esteemed academic medical center, the sort of hospital where I anticipated the best care. They had the newest electronic medical record program, a… Read more »

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Demand Response is Bigger than You Think

If you’ve been in the Demand Response Business since, oh, 2000 or so, it seems old hat. Never mind that Telecom deregulation took decades to deliver on its promises or… Read more »

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