Continue with Confidence in Healthcare Facilities
Siemens is committed to supporting North American healthcare institutions during these challenging times. We’re harnessing our capabilities, expertise, and global network of partners to outfit and supply hospitals and other healthcare facilities with technologies that reduce the risk of infection, improve overall air quality, and instill confidence. Our holistic approach includes smart technologies, solutions, and services that help frontline workers continue to deliver care in safe and healthy facilities.
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Smart hospitals can help you win the fight against coronavirus
How can healthcare facilities rebound and continue with confidence? We’ve identified seven areas where technology can help hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and other medical buildings rise to the occasion in the coming months and years.
View our "Continue with Confidence" presentation below to learn more about how smart building techologies can help you continue to maintain safe, healthy, and clean healthcare facilities with confidence.
A Day in the Life of a Hospital
While digitalization has positively impacted the growth of patient engagement in healthcare, innovations in smart building technologies have further improved patient experience, as well as hospital efficiency, productivity, and experience of hospital staff.
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.
Perfect conditions for a fast recovery and efficient workAll 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.
Satisfied patients for better outcomesA 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.
Total 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.
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.
Higher productivity increases attractivenessHospital 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.
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.
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. Total 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.
Your Reliable Partner for Joint Commission Compliance
The Joint Commission accreditation process can be complex and time-consuming without the right preparation. Siemens simplifies this process for hospitals with its Healthcare Accreditation service offering. The program provides all of the information you need in an organized, easy-to-understand format, ensuring that you stay prepared for your Joint Commission surveys.
The Siemens Healthcare Accreditation program provides:
- Fire and life safety testing and inspection that meets regulatory standards, and beyond
- Customized test reports for each of the 21 Elements of Performance required by the Joint Commission; organized into a single binder, simplifying the process for the surveyor
- Comprehensive inspection management, including a detailed inspection schedule that addresses all Elements of Performance requirements
- Deficiencies tracking and repairs in accordance with Joint Commission standards and timelines
- Account management services including routine review meetings as well as assistance in understanding and interpreting new and existing Joint Commission requirements
This is unique, precisely because it’s based on the customized test reports, full document management, and our accepting Siemens as a real partner in providing these services.John Torres, Director of Facilities Management for Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Joint Commission Document Management
Documentation management is one key element to a successful Joint Commission survey process. Element of Performance EP28 in the Environment of Care standard EC.02.03.05 focuses on the documentation of maintenance, testing and inspection activities and therefore puts increased pressure on hospitals related to documentation requirements for the test and inspection of fire safety systems.
Siemens Fire Services for Healthcare Accreditation Program simplifies this process by providing the required documentation in an organized, easy-to-understand format. Our customized test reports for fire and life safety inspections align directly with the Joint Commission requirements stated in EC.02.03.05. Through our documentation management process we organize test reports and supporting documentation into a single binder, designed to simplify and streamline the survey process.
Find out how Siemens can help you successfully complete the survey process while reclaiming your valuable time and resources. Please have a healthcare accreditation expert contact me for a free consultation