More than half of the population born today will live to the age of 100 or more. As the population ages, the need to manage serious but non-life threatening illnesses for longer will continue to grow. The healthcare market will rely on new thinking to develop smart solutions to the challenges of tomorrow.
Central to this new thinking will be the smart application of wireless technology to allow healthcare professionals to discretely monitor their patients whether in sheltered care or at home. Developments in wireless technology will ensure that people who need the support of medical staff receive it quickly and effectively.
Wood & Douglas has supported a number of RF enabled suppliers to this market with cost effect OEM radio communication connectivity for integration into wireless patient monitoring systems. The Company’s high quality reliable radio equipment is ideally suited to creating new ways to care for the needs of the population in the 21st century.
Health Care Infrastructure
Estate Managers of Health Care campuses such as hospitals, Trusts and care homes face increasing challenges in relation to providing a safe environment for the patients in their care. Aging infrastructure, increased regulations and a focus on cost-savings are common place problems and many are having to look beyond current building management systems to find effective and efficient solutions.
One such challenge is the monitoring of water systems to mitigate the chances of legionella developing. Changes in legislation have forced Estate Managers to look beyond manual monitoring of water flow and temperature, a costly, labour intensive exercise fraught with inaccuracies and risk.
The Ultra Real-Time Monitoring Solution (U-RTMS) offers estate managers for NHS Trusts and campuses the ability to remotely monitor, report upon and analyse data relating to safety systems such as mitigation of legionella. U-RTMS addresses key criteria such as:
- Complying with National Safety Standards
- Improving patient and building safety
- Reducing costs associated with manual monitoring of systems
- Providing robust records for audit purposes
The modular and scalable U-RTMS offers a multitude of applications in addition to legionella monitoring such as:
- Active gas-flow monitoring
- Critical temperature monitoring
- Access security monitoring
Case Studies for Health Care
Issue: Headquartered in the UK, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company. The company provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care, helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways to predict, diagnose, inform, treat and monitor disease. GE Healthcare’s aim was to deliver a more effective and user friendly hospital experience. Patients with long term c...