Implementing the Systems That Keep Patients and Medical Campuses Healthy
As the third and final Archi-Technology practice group introduction, I like to think they saved the best for last (although my fellow Practice Group colleagues may disagree). What is beyond argument, however, is that hospitals and other healthcare campuses are integrating technology-based systems at a more complex and costly level than that seen in the education market…or in most any other industry for that matter.
The reason is simple—technology that saves lives is expensive, sophisticated and extremely precise. In total, the various technology infrastructure and systems found in most hospitals—including communications, AV, security, and clinical—can now account for 5 – 10% of total construction project costs for a healthcare facility.
Like other markets, the effective and efficient integration of technology in healthcare settings is as much about improving daily operations as it is about the campus’ primary objective: improving patient outcomes in the case of hospitals. From accounting and scheduling to energy management and facilities maintenance, technology systems impact so many aspects of the healthcare business that no facility is truly healthy without a well-designed and maintained technology infrastructure.
During my 16+ years at Archi-Technology, I have worked extensively with healthcare clients. As both a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and a Construction Document Technologist (CDT), I have a deep appreciation for the nuances technology systems bring to the healthcare market, and what it takes to integrate these systems into a capital construction project.
As Archi-Technology’s new Healthcare Practice Group manager, I’ll be blogging on various topics of interest to Facility Managers, Architects, engineers and other specialists involved in the integration of technology infrastructure and systems in support of medical professionals
I welcome your feedback and opinions. Thanks in advance.
— Mark Howland, Heath Care Group Leader, Project Director and RCDD