Smart technology for the hospital of the future
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.