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07. 5. 2017

Healthcare Building Automation: Save Money, Reduce Maintenance & Improve Facility Management

86% of health facilities managers cite patient satisfaction and ease of integration in decisions to upgrade and implement health building automation systems.

Healthcare facilities management is an intricate topic in modernity, and it goes much further than simply optimizing and maintaining HVAC systems, reports Neal Lorenzi of Health Facilities Management. Healthcare building automation ranges from monitoring plug loads, limiting access to controls, ensuring operations during blackouts or other energy crises and improving vertical circulation within a facility. While local interfaces have enabled control on the unit-level of the small building level previously, there is a trend toward connected, automated and widespread control across a healthcare facility’s entire operation. You need to know how this translates into cost savings, less maintenance and improved status as a healthcare provider.

Where Does Healthcare Building Automation Stand in Importance to Health Facilities Managers?

According to the 2016 Health Facilities Management Magazine Construction Survey, a division of the American Hospital Association, 63 percent of healthcare facilities managers cite public involvement and pressure in ensuring optimal treatment outcomes. Healthcare facility managers should keep these desired treatment outcomes in mind when selecting, implementing or upgrading existing building controls. The need for more space and better treatment outcomes reveal another surprising fact. Up to 25 percent of healthcare facilities using smart building automation have at least 500 beds, and every respondent cites the need for better patient experiences and satisfaction among their rationale for implementing automated, energy-efficient system.

Why Aren’t Construction-Set Systems Working for Existing Systems?

A problem in traditional healthcare building automation has been the continued reliance on systems implemented at the time of construction if any. These systems lacked compatibility with newer, more advanced systems, and over time, the ability to expand increase controls grew limited. As a result, health facilities managers were unable to achieve real cost savings and access quality customer support from system manufacturers, explains an Alteron report.

The report indicates upgrading a health care facility’s direct digital controls (DDCs), used in construction in 1992, were costing up 25-percent higher than other systems on the market. As the power of healthcare building automation increased, the savings and scope of such systems did not concur.

Previously, the c-suite has not focused on the value and benefits gained from effective healthcare facilities management, but that is changing now.

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How Do New Systems Solve the Problem?

Today’s systems have broad compatibility, allowing healthcare building automation to benefit from upgrades and integration without major financial expenses, reports Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Meanwhile, modern systems put information in front of appropriate parties, letting health facilities managers see what a system is and is not doing. This means real-world insights are available, and for some, like those using the power of ENTOUCH.360, dedicated account management can handle the entire process after implementing and integrating existing systems.

Of course, the importance to keep patients comfortable meant allowing individual health providers, like the nursing staff, to change room-temperature settings, but the key lies in optimizing the overall flow of energy throughout the facility with cloud-based controls and management software. Consequently, smart healthcare building automation systems reduce costs, improve equipment life expectancy, reduce risks associated with equipment and circuit overloading and increase patient satisfaction.

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Let the Power of Modern Healthcare Building Automation Do the Work for You

From the Internet of Things to advanced analytics-driven controls, healthcare building automation has made interoperability, integration and cost savings easier to achieve in health facilities. To find out more about how ENTOUCH can restore true healthcare building automation in your facility, Contact ENTOUCH today.

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