Which Technologies Do You Need To Know?
Technology changes in the form of portals and apps have incrementally changed the patient experience and hospital equipment landscape. There is a long list of emerging technologies that will rapidly transform health care that your Clinical Engineering teams will need to know. Top transformation candidates include:
Health care tends to lag behind other markets in terms of defending against cyberattacks. Which technologies should you deploy? Multi-factor authentication? Digital certificates? What about when you start exploring Internet-of-Things-connected devices?
IoT & Predictive Maintenance
Intelligence and connectivity are being built into new devices. There are great expectations for how this will drive down costs and improve efficiency.
Whether it’s moving patients, assisting with surgery or enabling remote examinations, robots will be game-changers. They will even help with many new treatments that are in exploratory stages now.
Device Integration & Interoperability
Medical devices are moving from stand-alone to connected environments. This poses an entirely new set of maintenance and repair challenges — and necessitates strong ties with internal IT groups.
This technology is rocketing forward faster than predicted. 3D printing appears to be on track for replicating organs for use in testing drugs — and, eventually, in actual transplants. Once inside the hospital, who manages maintenance and repairs?
Augmented reality to speed up repairs? Service technicians in other industries are starting to utilize AR to trouble shoot or help repair complex equipment. Will this technology transfer to health care and be used to reduce downtime and lower costs?
Diagnostic-quality portable ultrasound is emerging. These wireless devices look promising and hospitals are interested. They will likely present an additional scheduled maintenance and battery management workload for Clinical Engineering teams. They also may present new data security and privacy questions.
As this technology comes to hospitals and is used by patients outside the hospital, undisrupted availability will be critical. How will Clinical Engineering and IT work together to ensure uptime and capture actionable data?
Decisions Best Led by
Clinical Engineering Experts
Hospitals across the country are starting to expand their clinical engineering job
descriptions to prepare for what's coming, many listing the first responsibility of the
role: ``to provide emerging technology assessment and growth strategies.”
Clinical Engineering spends nearly half (40%) of their time on low-value tasks — searching
for equipment, managing multiple vendors, and servicing functional equipment due to
operator error, etc. — leaving too little time for technology exploration and decision-making.
Alleviate the burden of low-value tasks, so your
Clinical Engineering team can deliver greater value to your hospital.
Supplement your staff with on-demand (part-time) technicians from a qualified provider to reduce equipment backlogs, support recalls, handle surges of demand, and reduce equipment rental.
Offload Your General
Leverage outsourced technicians to completely handle your general biomed equipment, reducing equipment downtime and enabling your team to focus on high-value technologies and other high-value work related to key business initiatives.
Consolidate service contracts through a risk-free vendor management service. Free your staff for more strategic tasks and dramatically cut service costs through consolidation, negotiation, and right-sizing of coverages.
OTHER INSIGHTS AND RESOURCES
Elevate Your Team — Improve Your Hospital
Reduce Nurse Burdens
Drive a culture that inspires
happy, more productive nurses
Ideas for attracting & retaining
premium technical talent
Understand your medical
equipment quality choices