As part of the worldwide battle against COVID-19, hospitals will need to maximize the availability and visibility of key medical assets. By automatically locating medical devices and tracking utilization, HDOs can improve operational efficiencies and accelerate care; which is precisely what we'll need if efforts to "flatten the curve" fall at all short of the goal.
Even under normal circumstances, medical device availability is something of a sticky issue. In fact, it’s estimated that nurses spend around 20% of their time just tracking down medical supplies and equipment. So in times like these especially, the ability to automatically locate, smartly assign, and optimally manage critical assets can make a very big difference.
Better Visibility Brings Smarter Management Brings More Availability
Most hospitals don't have nearly enough ventilators to deal with the cases of respiratory complication expected to result from the spread of COVID-19. While efforts are underway and will surely continue to try and source additional machines, it is absolutely vital that those machines already available be optimally managed and utilized as efficiently as possible.
This will be especially crucial as hospitals face not only equipment shortages but staff shortages as healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight inevitably become infected and quarantined.
Different hospitals and even different departments within the same hospitals will have different traffic — both in terms of foot and network — and different device demands at different times. This is why it is so important to be able to smartly and fluidly track and manage load in real time.
Being able to agilely provision data resources and quickly move devices to the areas of greatest need can have a very significant impact on care capacity and patient throughput. It also frees up valuable hands for more skilled work in service of the best possible health outcomes.
A healthcare cyber intelligence solution could help to effectively increase connected medical device availability in four main ways:
- Automatic endpoint identification and device classification — lowering tracking and maintenance FTE while improving inventory accuracy.
- Real-time device utilization monitoring — with this added operational visibility, under-utilized devices can be moved to areas of greater need, workflows can be adjusted to alleviate bottlenecks, etc.
- Automated alerts when critical devices go offline.
- Load management — a centralized viewpoint to allow for predictive modeling and demand balancing across departments and locations.
Bottom Line: We're Here to Help
We understand that COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on you and your teams. During these challenging times, the healthcare community is pushing forward with their precious work in service of us all. They deserve not only our thanks but also our support.
We at CyberMDX want to help however we can — whether with device tracking, utilization reports, suspicious activity monitoring, security policy planning, or anything else within our abilities. Please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know how best we can be of assistance.
We're all in this together and together we'll get through it. Stay safe and stay healthy!