Know how the BMS Redundancy for Hospitals can help in completing the daily functions of the hospital.
A healthy population is the biggest asset any country can have. Every country takes different measures to ensure that the community stays healthy and free from disease.
Hospitals play a very crucial role in maintaining the safety of a country’s population. Having clean and organised hospitals is necessary for treating people. Hospitals can not afford to have any issues in daily operations as it can have serious repercussions.
What is a BMS system for Hospitals?
A Building Management System (BMS) looks after the core building functions. Within a hospital, this will include:
One of the most critical factors of a functioning hospital is patient safety. Utilising a good BMS can help reduce the number and duration of unplanned outages, reduce energy consumption, improve maintenance, optimise the loading of crucial equipment and reduce liability with reporting and tracking.
For example, you can integrate Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) with a BMS to engage access control and video surveillance when infants, patients, or assets being removed from a designated area. This would be especially important to reduce or avoid the risk of infant abductions and wandering patients, improve medical equipment use, with quick tracking and location solutions.
Cutting costs and still operating at the best and most efficient level is hugely important for a hospital. Using a good BMS, you can save energy by automatically adjusting room conditions. This will, therefore reduce energy consumption and spend, based on occupancy. This is especially important in areas where drugs or medications are required to be stored at certain temperatures and also in areas such as operating theatres where a constant temperature and stream of filtered air is required and must be maintained.
Streamlining admission, discharge, and transfer systems, insight into room availability along with optimising patient comfort are all required to be managed efficiently within a hospital. This initiates pathways for energy savings as well as improving hospital productivity and patient satisfaction. Some of the ways a good BMS can save energy is by automatically adjusting room conditions, temperature and lighting control. Energy usage can be reduced by automatic lighting and temperature control in rooms with patients compared to empty rooms; this simple action alone could save on energy bills.
BMS needs to provide building security. One of the simplest ways in which it can be done is through providing access control, intrusion detection, visitor management, video surveillance. This helps in delivering ultimate efficiency and keeps the security directors informed with monitoring and data updates. Door access control to restricted areas is one of the most significant safety features – imagine an intensive care unit (ICU) that would allow access to anyone – this would cause chaos and could introduce hazards during operations where infections and viruses could be introduced.
The Need for BMS Redundancy for Hospitals
Having the best BMS in the world would be of no use if the server that contains all the parameters and data was lost or failed. This is where the Open Minds HAS solution comes into play.
Our software sits on the BMS server, with continuous, real-time data replication onto another server either on the same site (high availability) or off-site (disaster recovery). In the event of the main BMS server failing, the software will initiate what we call a ‘failover scenario’, this is when the secondary server will take over the role of the primary ensuring little to no downtime. What does this mean for the patients? They can continue to set the room temperature and control lights as they need to. Intensive care teams can continue to carry out routine operations without the fear of the doors locking them in or worse, allowing anyone to enter the room. Video surveillance and security teams can continue to monitor babies, and vulnerable patients ensuring safety, all in all, the BMS will continue to work.
About Open Minds
Open Minds HAS provides redundancy for BMS around the whole world. We have over two decades of experience of delivering excellent & robust redundancy for Building Automation Systems to brands across the globe. Our Building Management Redundancy System makes use of the latest technology in the market and helps in the most efficient management of all the needs of your organisational building.
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