Hospital Engineering - Integrated Process Management in Hospitals
The healthcare of the future with the changing economic fundamentals requires flexibility of the hospitals. On the medical level, this leads to a shift of service delivery in the outpatient sector in the context of integrated care or outpatient surgical centers, but also in the direction of nursing homes or other service providers. But flexibility in the medical procedures also requires flexibility in the processes and scalability of building and room usage as well as the hospital technology in total. Capacities need to be built up at short notice but also to be reduced.
People are at the center of all processes in hospitals. This fact requires the highest demands on security. Security may relate inter alia to plant safety, energy security as well as supply and disposal reliability, safety in the field of information and communication technology (Safety, Security, Privacy) and process safety, that means the robustness of all medical and non-medical procedures. Finally all areas of hospital engineering, logistics and information and communications technology are affected.
Hospitals operate in a complex environment of other medical facilities, registered doctors, service providers and suppliers, nursing homes, pharmacies, medical stores and other medical care providers (speech therapists, pedicure etc.). The competitiveness of a hospital depends largely on whether and how efficiently a house is intertwined with its surroundings. Only if the internal processes are synchronized with external processes on medical and organizational level, this can be achieved.
How to meet these three core requirements of flexibility, security and integration in the different areas of the hospital, is the subject of this project.
The Hospital Engineering Initiative is supported by Fraunhofer ISST along with the other three Fraunhofer Institutes in the Ruhr:
- Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, Dortmund
- Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS, Duisburg
- Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT, Oberhausen
January 2011 to April 2014
The project »Hospital Engineering« is funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Union, grant number 005-GW01-066A.