Maximo Asset Management for Healthcare Organizations
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This is a blog posting from Eric Luyer, Market Manager for IBM Asset Management, Manufacturing, Life Sciences & Healthcare.
This time I am writing a blog about how the Maximo Asset Management solution fits in Healthcare organizations and in Hospitals. For many years Maximo has been used in Hospitals to manage the regular maintenance on the facilities and let’s say the more common day-to-day activities. Due to expanding Maximo’s capabilities over the years we see an increased interest from healthcare organizations in the current Maximo offering.
More and more hospitals become increasingly reliant on a sophisticated mix of medical devices, technologies as well as facilities. These include a wide range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic systems as well as Life-Safety equipment on top of the more complex but regular maintenance activities and the traditional facilities management requirements in these environments
The increasing complexity of indispensable medical technology today has created a strain on capital investment and operational budgets for healthcare providers and hospitals. As a result, providers are looking for ways to extend the asset life by managing these assets more efficiently and effectively. An integrated asset and service management solution can provide greater control and visibility across the different types of assets that are available in a hospital environment today.
In sophisticated and modern thinking hospitals (acting “smart and connected”), the line between different assets classes is becoming more and more blurred. The management of IT assets and networks has become a critical component to the delivery of solid healthcare information. A holistic approach is needed to managing all critical medical assets. Such an approach would include the management of clinical and biomed assets, facilities and engineering assets, patient records and imaging systems, as well as the health information technology infrastructures supporting them.
Another topic is that more and more hospitals want improved visibility to their assets, patients and staff. To achieve this, healthcare organizations will utilize smart heterogeneous sensor environments that contain a mixture of barcode, passive and active sensor technologies to get visibility of all their critical assets in the organization in real-time. Asset locating and tracking in real-time allows you to find an asset at any given point in time, and monitor its movements. The “locating” of an asset refers to how the system determines the current position of an asset, depicted approximately or exactly in a number of possible ways depending on the need.
For example, in Healthcare there are a number of pieces of equipment that are expensive but quite portable, such as defibrillators, electrocardiograms, infusion pumps, and fatal monitors.
A real-time asset locating system can be instrumental in quickly pinpointing a specific serialized asset or class of equipment, in order to ensure its availability when and where it is needed.
The “tracking” of an asset refers to how the system monitors and stores all changes to an asset’s position over time. The level of granularity required for specific time intervals and position accuracy will vary depending on user needs and system capability.
The Maximo solution portfolio supports all of these new requirements and trends and I did not even speak about the current Maximo capabilities in the area of really managing the facility, including managing and optimizing space, connecting with intelligent sensors to make your building smarter in order to lower energy cost. I did not speak about integrations with Healthcare-specific management dashboards and reports to comply with requirements of the Joint Commission, or integration with capabilities of the ECRI Institute that allow healthcare organizations to standardize their data against the industry-standard device classification system, Health Devices International Sourcebase and the Universal Medical Device Nomenclature System™ (UMDNS™), and also enabling them to process hazard and recall notices directly from the ECRI Institute’s comprehensive healthcare product safety alerts system.
These are all reasons that many more midsized to large hospitals are opting for an overall and integrated solution to manage all asset related information that improves quality and efficiency and benefits the patient care above all.
I do want to point you to an interesting website called Life Sciences Panorama that many times includes interesting articles relevant for this market. You can also read more background information in the following white paper: Using IBM Maximo Asset Management to manage all assets in hospitals and healthcare organizations and the latest follow-on white paper on the topics I have touched is titled Managing Smarter and Connected Healthcare Infrastructures.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it. Look forward to my next blog where I will pick another topic around Asset Management in Manufacturing, Life Sciences or Healthcare.
Eric Luyer, Market Manager Asset Management (Industrial/Manufacturing), IBM - Tivoli