Smart hospitals – the building is part of the healing process

Building technology helps create perfect places for patients to heal and for staff to work. #CreatingPerfectPlaces
Challenges

New challenges and even more opportunities

The demand for healthcare services is growing. Patients have ever-increasing expectations about the quality of healthcare treatments and services. In addition, regulations are becoming more and more complex.

These trends contribute to continuously rising costs, and a variety of strategies can be used to reduce these costs: Reimbursement models are becoming more value-oriented. Healthcare organizations and hospitals are looking for better options for consolidation and collaboration. All of these measures share a common goal: more efficient, patient-focused care.

 

Maximized productivity, better patient satisfaction and flexibility are essential for working as efficiently and sustainably as possible. Thanks to the digital transformation, it’s already possible today to revolutionize hospitals on the human, financial and operational levels, and create smart hospitals that deliver the patient care of tomorrow.

Smart hospitals – smart healthcare

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The right solution for every room

Perfect conditions for a fast recovery and efficient work

All hospital rooms have their own specific requirements.  Specialized applications require even more specialized implementations in operating rooms, pressurized rooms and laboratories. Our solutions help patients recover faster and the staff to work more efficiently – in a comfortable environment.
Patient satisfaction

Satisfied patients for better outcomes

A hospital stay always involves a loss of control. Patients spend a large part of their day in a hospital bed, experiencing little contact with the outside world or with family and friends. WiFi and control over room conditions are especially important for patient satisfaction. Studies show that a comfortable environment has a positive impact on the healing process.

Desigo Room Automation allows patients to control temperature, ventilation and other functions in their room to increase their comfort. Room control applications can easily be displayed on the patient’s smartphone or tablet. New lighting technologies also support the healing process: Circadian lighting follows the patient's natural rhythm, increases comfort and speeds up recovery. Navigation apps help visitors and patients find their way through the vast hospital grounds, reduce complexity and enhance comfort.

In addition, comprehensive security solutions adapted to the hospital’s requirements protect patients physically and electronically – because the perfect place is a safe and secure one.

Enhanced staff productivity

Higher productivity increases attractiveness

Hospital work is demanding: Both physical and mental stress must be managed, patients satisfied and mistakes avoided. Growing demands and cost reductions have a direct impact on the daily routine of hospital staff. So it's especially important to increase efficiency, simplify processes and support the comfort and safety of personnel on a daily basis.

During an average shift, a nurse wastes over an hour looking for equipment and material. Lost or stolen equipment accounts for enormous costs for hospitals every year. In addition, if asset utilization rates aren’t carefully tracked, medical devices are under- or inefficiently utilized, and the invested capital is wasted. Indoor positioning systems (IPSs) reduce costs due to loss of materials and theft and enable a more efficient use of assets, because personnel can determine their location and availability any time at a glance – resulting in increased productivity and more time to invest in patient care.

 

Hospital personnel are exposed to constant risks, but they must always focus on the well-being of their patients. A work environment that’s as comfortable as possible helps them concentrate on their work and approach their patients with a positive attitude at all times Employees expect to be protected from infections as well as hostile patients or visitors. Customized safety and disinfection solutions combined with advanced building automation create a comfortable, safe and secure workplace – a must for satisfied patients and essential for attracting and retaining talented staff over the long term.

Efficient and reliable business operations

Flexibility and transparency for cost-effective and reliable business operations

Hospitals are open 24 hours a day. Their operation is labor- and energy-intensive. Many departments have high energy-consuming equipment and processes, making hospitals the second-largest energy consumer in the commercial sector. Although potential savings are possible, they must never be realized at the cost of patient comfort or health. 

 

Efficient energy management is the key to ensuring a reliable power supply, reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impacts. It makes energy consumption and room usage in the building transparent. We have specialized teams that help identify these and other facility improvement measures (FIMs). We implement and finance these measures and guarantee energy savings. Insightful, user-friendly dashboards allow these savings to be monitored from anywhere at all times. 

Building technologies for hospitals should be flexible enough to accommodate future healthcare requirements and treatment methods. With Desigo Room Automation, new space arrangements can be quickly and efficiently implemented.

TIP for buildings

Power matters: Electricity serves as the framework for today’s buildings

Reliable, secure and efficient power supply for smart hospitals

A smart hospital has an uninterrupted and safe, energy-efficient, and cost-efficient power supply. Because electricity is simply vital, Totally Integrated Power provides reliable, safe and efficient power supply solutions for to keep your hospital running 24/7. In the area of building control technology, digitalization adds more intelligence to what were originally rigid infrastructure systems. Also, digitalization offers new opportunities to network originally independent systems and enable these systems to communicate with each other.

 

Our answer: Totally Integrated Power

 

The TIP concept includes all aspects of the power supply for buildings: from electrification and automation to digitalization. Our integrated portfolio includes products, solutions, and services for all voltage levels, areas of application, even the most demanding infeed requirements for supply-critical systems. Intuitive interfaces to industrial and building automation systems make it possible to exploit the full potential of integrated power supply solutions. Comprehensive support throughout the entire lifecycle, from planning to maintenance, completes the offer.

Reliable power supply for the University Hospital of the Saarland

University Hospital of the Saarland | Homburg, Germany

 

With 50,000 inpatients and 200,000 outpatients per year, the University Hospital of the Saarland is the largest hospital in this German federal state. Siemens supplied the entire power supply system, from the medium voltage system to the wall outlet, for consolidating the internal medicine clinics.

 

Previously these had been spread out over 200 hectares. The project met all required standards, such as DIN VDE 0660 and DIN VDE 0107, thanks to Totally Integrated Power. These standards require type-tested switchgear combinations (TSK) and the ability to switch the general power supply (AS) to the safety power supply (SV) in just 15 seconds in order to protect the vital systems in ORs and intensive care. Instead of using cables, as was originally planned, power distribution was implemented via 1,200 meters of busbars, as the calculation using the SIMARIS planning tool had identified this solution as the most cost-effective one. The busbars distribute the power from the low-maintenance 8DJH medium-voltage switchgear to four GEOFOL cast-resin transformers and via 64 SIVICON S8 switchgear or 71 MF floor-mounted distribution boards in all areas.

Enlighted Healthcare

Smart Solutions for Hospitals and Clinics

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Healthcare providers are facing challenges to increase patient satisfaction, reduce costs, and improve staff productivity. In addition, many are trying to reach sustainability goals while simultaneously transforming customer care. Today Enlighted’s groundbreaking IoT platform is helping hospitals address many tough challenges with a single solution.

 

Smart Solutions for Hospitals and Clinics Are Here

 

Enlighted’s IoT platform delivers solutions for energy savings, space utilization, real time location services and more with our leading applications: Lighting Control System, Aire, Space and, coming soon, Asset Tracking.

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