Managing and maintaining healthcare real estate is a profession in itself. Continuity and safety are literally vital here. But we are going a step beyond this: with smart technology we are taking an additional step towards sustainable and healthy buildings. Ben Alen, our Healthcare Manager, explains how

Healthcare institutions are being put to the test by the corona pandemic. Sometimes there is a great deal of pressure to quickly modify and expand healthcare real estate. The bar is set high and there are all kinds of restrictive measures. Quite a test of competency for our technicians. I am thinking of the colleagues who performed maintenance on the air handling units in the Leiden University Medical Centre at a department for corona patients. That was a bit of a new experience, but with the right safety measures the job was finished quickly. Or take the Haaglanden Medical Centre where we set up, tested and handed over a special IC unit for corona patients in five weeks.

In both cases we supplied custom work subject to a key condition: care must continue to be provided without interruption. None of the patients were inconvenienced by the work. Continuity and safety were always safeguarded, even in the extra busy corona times.

Flexible conversion and adjustments

Quickly making adjustments, scaling up and expanding – flexibility for healthcare real estate is an absolute must, even without a pandemic. The need for healthcare is changing and as a result, so is the desired layout of healthcare buildings. This is an often recurring theme in our work. Converting consultation rooms into a CT room? No problem. Thanks to the close cooperation with suppliers of medical equipment, we always find the smartest way forward. For example, recently we installed an MRI scanner in the Gelderse Vallei Hospital by partially breaking open the façade. This way it was possible to install the scanner quickly, securely and safely, while all healthcare services in the hospital simply continued as usual.

Ben Alen, Strukton Worksphere
Quickly making adjustments, scaling up and expanding – flexibility for healthcare real estate is an absolute must.

Ben Alen

Sustainable use and costs

In addition to flexibility, healthcare real estate must also become sustainable and remain affordable. After all, a hospital’s most important investment is in medical care. This is why our sustainability experts guide building managers from vision to implementation and monitoring. By integrating sustainability into the long-term maintenance plan in smart ways, we make use of natural replacement times to make energy-efficient modifications. By planning far in advance, there are no financial surprises. This way the money as much as possible goes to where it is needed: the healthcare itself.

Data-based grip and insight

Safety, continuity, flexibility, sustainability and comfort all converge in a ‘smart building’. The key to this is digital and data-driven management. Through means of our PULSE analysis platform – if necessary combined with sensor technology – we come to know the building inside out. We put the digital finger on the pulse of the building and collect data about everything of importance, ranging from the utilisation rate of the consultation rooms and the operation of the installations to the number of lift movements. Analysis of the data yields valuable insight and makes predictable maintenance possible. This way we prevent the installations from failing or interruptions from occurring. We also free up internal technical staff for other important tasks. In addition, this provides insight into which rooms stay unused and therefore can be put into use with cost savings as a result.
Ben Alen, Strukton Worksphere
The need for healthcare is changing and as a result, so is the desired layout of healthcare buildings. This is an often recurring theme in our work. Converting consultation rooms into a CT room? No problem.

Hospital of the future

Everything described above is a prelude to a building that it is not only used for providing healthcare, but that increasingly also takes care of its visitors. On arrival you are automatically directed to a parking space. Visitors easily find their way inside the building, for example through an interactive app. And in the waiting room the coffee and tea are ready. In short: the smart building works together with healthcare personnel and with increasingly smarter medical equipment, to provide patients and visitors with the maximum possible comfortable and healthy accommodations. Even without a pandemic, this is a wonderful perspective for any healthcare real estate manager.

Healthcare real estate of the future

Healthcare real estate you can rely on. Flexibly adjustable to meet new requirements. And furthermore sustainable and comfortable. That is our core business.
Ben Alen

If you are interested in how Strukton Worksphere can help you make your healthcare real estate sustainable, cost efficient and future proof, contact me to discuss the possibilities.

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