Throughout the pandemic, many organizations faced challenges in managing surge capacity, flexing and prioritizing spaces for COVID-19-positive patients and anticipating changes to minimize the spread of this airborne disease.
Now, a growing number of hospitals and health systems are investing in intelligent technology infrastructure, which uses wireless sensors to capture data and help leaders process it quickly to support decision-making in areas like:
- Recalibrating occupancy and space utilization.
- Measuring indoor air quality.
- Optimizing energy efficiency.
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Key Take Aways
Here is what our experts had to say:
Current building automation systems typically operate in silos, making it difficult to quickly access facilities data across a hospital or health system.
Digital transformation of space allows for greater value of a hospital's physical assets.
Operational efficiencies can be created through a demand-driven service model.
Invest in the technological infrastructure to aggregate and trend data from multiple systems.
Jason D’Antona, PE, LEED® AP
Director of Engineering & Utilities
Mass General Brigham
Vice President of Marketing | Facility Services
Chad E. Beebe, AIA, FASHE
Deputy Executive Director
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
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