Unified management supports the convergence of healthcare assets


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Source: IBM
Date: November 2012
Type: White Paper
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Overview: In their efforts to keep up with these varied needs, healthcare organizations are experiencing a proliferation of assets and assettypes. But assets themselves are experiencing a convergence. Clinical devices for patient monitoring and care, building systems for cooling and lig hting, and technology devices forcommunications and recordkeeping share a common foundation.

An enterprise asset management system can be at the core of thistransformation. It can help improve patient care by providingimproved visibility and control across the healthcare organiza-tion. It can optimize asset utilization, reducing cost and support-ing processes with automated workflows and best practices.

To help ensure critical capabilities are always available, alerts cannotify technicians when preventive maintenance is due. Asset orpatient tracking capabilities can ensure that the place and statusof lifesaving equipment is always known and that the patient canbe located wherever he or she goes. By gathering, receiving andanalyzing data from medical devices and building componentsthroughout the healthcare provider system, an enterprise assetmanagement system can be central to managing the complexityof today's healthcare environments.

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