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The Top 5 Benefits of Big Data in Healthcare Facilities

Nowadays, use of Big Data is on the rise everywhere. It’s a technological advancement that healthcare facilities need to take advantage of. Here’s an explain of the ways in which Big Data can help healthcare facilities run smarter.

#1: Optimizing facility performance

Big data technology allows facility managers to do side-by-side examinations of performance reports in areas ranging from power monitoring to security services. And, as facility performance goes up, the patient safety, patient satisfaction, and facility ratings increases as well.

#2: Reducing energy costs

This is another case where more information naturally leads to better performance. Increased monitoring capabilities make healthcare facility staff and managers pinpoint areas with high energy use, and determine where it is really required and where energy is being wasted. They then can take steps to combat those inefficiencies. A decrease in overall energy use comes with the benefit of decreased energy costs. It’s also likely to create a more environmentally-conscious facility.

#3: Increasing access to information

With Internet and cloud storage technologies constantly improving and expanding, Big Data can be accessed from just about anywhere. This is a huge benefit to doctors who can access electronic medical records anytime, anywhere to improve patient care. It’s also beneficial for facility management, operators, and engineers, who can discover and deal with problems remotely. Big Data is even changing how patients choose their healthcare providers. Healthcare is a changing landscape and it’s vital that organizations evaluate their own performance and address areas of weakness in order to stay competitive.

#4: Managing with greater agility

Access to live updates and alerts allows facility managers and hospital staff to respond quickly and efficiently to problems and concerns. With digital hospital solutions that send the right information to the right people in real-time, users can make informed decisions and get ahead of the issue.

#5: Proactively maintaining equipment

Hospitals and healthcare facilities have a significant physical and technological infrastructure. In order to ensure smooth and problem-free facility operation, it’s vital to keep equipment in good working order. Big Data allows equipment diagnostics and analytics to run in real time. Equipment performance issues can be addressed immediately to ensure optimal performance, and to prevent larger repairs or system failures.

With impacts like these, the healthcare industry should seriously consider taking advantage of Big Data. Effective use of Big Data will improve efficiency, access to information, facility performance, and help to bring the healthcare facilities of today into the ranks of those of the future.

Credits:Estelle Schweizer, Strategic Communications Manager, Global Healthcare Solutions, Schneider Electric

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