Hospitals focus on patients and savings with IoT and digital workplace services

By: Karl Buck

I’m reminded of a personal experience my wife shared: Before she worked in healthcare IT, she was a trauma nurse and constantly juggled day-to-day tasks with patient care. Her time was her most valuable resource. The Internet of Things (IoT) and digital workplace services automate tasks and resources so healthcare professionals can focus on patient care.

As the world becomes increasingly connected to intelligent systems, healthcare providers have opportunities to realize substantial cost savings and improve patient experiences. The timing is right for automating tasks and connecting people and data through IoT and managed services.

In the near future, there will be an uptick in patient needs as droves of baby boomers require elder care. Let’s break down two ways hospitals use managed digital workplace services to treat more patients with a higher level of service. You can also check out my discussion Clinical Asset Intelligence at the HIMSS18 conference (Session TA11) in IBM Booth 6243. I’ll discuss the solutions we’re working on with Zebra technologies.

Transform patient care

Pairing real-time location data with patient data, a radio frequency identification (RFID) wristband tracks each patient, where they are in the hospital and assets associated with their care. This provides an accurate picture of that patient’s treatment and costs. With this solution in place, the patient’s experience is optimized to their needs to improve their outcome.

RFID and bar code technology linked with automation software gives hospitals a bigger lens for tracking fewer assets from devices to carts to expired medications. Automating things like inventory replenishment and equipment leases adds up and can have a considerably positive outcome. All this is happening continuously, and hospitals can project needs for example, for a a weather-related event.

While it can be daunting to think about our healthcare needs, I’m excited to see how technology and services will continue connecting people with data to provide individual experiences and life-saving insights. Connected systems are the first step to determining actionable insights — looking forward, analytics and artificial intelligence can add more insight into hospital operations and patient care.

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About The Author

Karl Buck

Global Lead Architect - IBM/Zebra Alliance, GTS

Traveling the world in the US Navy was Karl Buck's introduction to the ongoing challenge of squeezing value from complex systems. Karl has since developed into a leader and subject matter expert on mobile and IoT solutions and currently works to delight IBM customers.

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