New White Paper on the Future of the Connected Hospital

July 1, 2015, 1:00 am

According to the United Nations, the human world population is expected to increase to eight billion by 2024 [1]. An increase in the aging population is also expected as advancements in medicine decrease mortality rates. As the aging population grows, so will the number of patients in a hospital. An aging population that is headed towards longevity combined with a shortage in healthcare professionals calls for a need to easily access quality healthcare and perform remote patient monitoring. Ron Seide, Laird’s Senior Vice President of Embedded Wireless, explains, “the current nurse-to-patient ratios are already very demanding and the population growth will only make that gap more exaggerated. Through wireless technology, processes can be streamlined, allowing each nurse to efficiently monitor and take care of a greater number of patients with better access to quality data.”

Laird’s latest white paper, “The Connected Hospital: The Healthcare Landscape is Changing“, explains how the evolving healthcare field is shaping the future for patients and healthcare professionals. Hospitals are currently experiencing record admission rates, which is causing administrators to adhere to strict budget requirements and seek the creation of healthcare deployment models in order to provide services that are valuable, scalable, secure, and most importantly, efficient. As expected, the implementation of new technology brings upon challenges. The white paper will discuss the challenges of creating a Connected Hospital, which include deploying life-critical infrastructure with robust reporting and monitoring features, along with utilizing Enterprise Internet of Things (EIoT) technology to speed up administrative tasks in a digital world.

The overall vision of the Connected Hospital is simple and precise: developing an environment in which wireless technology allows caregivers and patients the freedom to travel through a hospital without concern over their medical devices functioning in an accurate, robust and timely manner. Over the last few years, the numbers of wireless medical devices in hospitals has increased, which encourages non-Connected Hospitals to catch on with their counterparts. The powerful infrastructures involved with Connected Hospitals process patient data in a timely manner, which allow doctors to make better decisions leading to desired treatment outcomes. The data processed in the Connected Hospital environment has led to lower transcription errors at point of care, remote configuration of patient dosage, real-time data analysis, improved patient outcomes, and automatic billing.

Better care that is guaranteed from Connected Hospitals prevents readmission of patients and leads to better surgery, reduced hospital-associated infection, post-discharge exercise regiments, and increasing patient comfort. Less time spent waiting for results gives patients more time for education based upon their in-home recovery process, which certainly helps patients such as the elderly, age peacefully and independently.

Download Laird’s latest Connected Hospital white paper to learn more.

 

[1] World Population Ageing 2013