Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Technology Takes Off: New Devices and Software Improve Hospital Efficiencies

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Technology Takes Off: New Devices and Software Improve Hospital Efficiencies

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Technology has become so pervasive in our lives that it's tough to imagine what it would be like to get through a day without, say, a cellphone--let alone a cellphone that provides instant Internet access and functions as a computer. Yet, just about all of our readers can remember those pre-smartphone days. And the truth is, we were all worse off for it in those earlier times when it comes to efficiency and optimizing productivity. (For now, I'll ignore all the time-sapping distractions that smartphones also offer. I'm looking at you, Facebook.)

Today, technology is evolving so quickly and at times can be so costly that those involved in the design, construction and operation of hospitals are having something less than a universal or shared experience with advancing in this age of automation.

For instance, some are reaping major efficiency gains and cost-reductions by expanding and optimizing their use of building information modeling. Others are using the Health Care Institute's Benchmarking 3. …

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