Why healthcare technology designed around infection control is essential

Over the past two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed our healthcare system to its limits and has been a catalyst for change and adaptation in the face of the invisible scourge that has swept the world. Many patient-facing administrative processes have been completely transformed from scratch, such as transforming paper-based processes into digital ones to enable social distancing and removing outdated hardware like fax machines and replacing them with smarter technologies that are also designed around infection control. with antibacterial properties.

Large-scale digital transformation has always been on the agenda of the NHS and other health organizations, but the pandemic has pushed these transformations faster than ever. The long term plan published on 7 January 2019 sets out the vision for NHS sustainability and practical experience on how to achieve this is presented in the Five-year forward view of the NHS.

Technology in hospitals can be expensive, and replacing a process often means a large-scale implementation project that needs to be managed and deployed. This requires teams of people to ensure efficient deployment. To save money, time, and futureproof these implementations by ensuring interoperability, it’s best to ensure that a few well-aligned technologies are implemented that tick as many boxes as possible from a software perspective. . From a hardware perspective, it is important that frequently used surfaces such as telephones, pagers, door handles and bars at the bottom of hospital beds, for example, are designed with infection control in mind. in mind, ideally made of antibacterial materials.

Jochen Kmietsch, EKW Project Manager, EKW Göttingen – a hospital in Germany adopting IP telephony – said: “We have made the decision to switch to a more modern IP-based system in all our buildings. The decision was made because of features we take for granted today, such as an answering machine or fax to email, not to mention more modern features such as programmable keys, a second screen, or call lists. ‘modifiable calls, would simply have been too expensive, both to install on the existing system and to be sufficiently accessible to both staff and patients in the future. Ultimately, what was needed was an extensive system that had to ensure that all employees at all sites and in all areas of the buildings were reachable at all times.

One of these highly specialized antibacterial DECT handsets is called the M90 ​​and is specially designed by Name for use in hospitals, homes and wherever cleanliness and hygiene play an important role. The M90 ​​has a special antibacterial casing which has also been tested to JIS-Z2801. Thanks to its surface, the M90 ​​can be cleaned in a humid environment with disinfectants containing alcohol (ethanol) removing the threat of certain viruses. This makes the device easy to clean and provides no breeding ground for bacteria and viruses, making it the perfect companion in a busy medical environment.

Lee Underwood, Channel Manager UK & I at Snom added: “Our M90 handsets are extremely durable and can easily withstand a drop or water damage. They also feature built-in panic buttons, making them ideal for use in fast-paced environments such as hospitals, where safety and security are essential.”

Hospitals around the world are experiencing major upgrades and improvements, primarily around data transformation and creating safer and more hygienic environments. Open architecture and interoperability enable future enhancements as we move forward in the data revolution and smart materials designed around infection control as well as air quality disinfection are all in the pipeline. agenda, now and for the future.

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