What is LEDG up too? Working on smarter, brighter buildings in healthcare

It’s already April, and the LEDG team has been busy partnering with healthcare facilities leaders to improve their buildings through the implementation of LED lighting and control systems. Many are working to pave the way for smart building design.

According to a 2017 article in Building Design & Construction, light plays a vital role in human health and productivity, and there is no environment where these two factors connect more dynamically than in healthcare facilities. Hospitals are finding that upgrading to a modern LED connected lighting system can have a significant positive impact on almost every level of hospital function.

Although LED lighting usually gets attention as a money-saving, energy-saving strategy – it can reduce lighting energy costs up to 70% – it can also bring measurable improvements to a facility’s performance regarding patient recovery times, patient experience, medical staff performance, and staff job satisfaction. LED lighting may also contribute to reductions in accidents and errors; an increased sense of security for visitors and staff; and even better cleaning by maintenance staff. Those advantages can, in turn, yield financial benefits that go far beyond the cost of energy.

In a recent guide developed by Fitzemeyer & Tocci – The Internet of Things and the Effect on Healthcare– LEDG Principal, Todd Boucher, provided insight on how The Internet of Things (IoT) will significantly impact all industries, but especially data and sensor-driven ones like healthcare. According to an analysis by Deloitte, more than two-thirds of medical devices will be connected to the internet by 2023, compared to just 48% of devices connected today. The capabilities of IoT devices to provide improved, continuous data streams from patients will help proactively identify issues and reduce readmission rates. Digitizing the patient room will offer an immersive experience for patients where they can access their favorite streaming services at their bedside and have full access to their Electronic Health Records (EHR), associated research, risks and benefits of procedures, and more. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) will continually monitor and analyze large data sets, giving healthcare practitioners on-demand access to critical, evidence-based insights on their patients.

Accenture’s Internet of Healthy Things (IoHT) 2017 survey stated that IoTH was upon us and healthcare providers were starting to invest in IoT programs in three areas of their businesses – remote patient monitoring, wellness and prevention, and operations – and are beginning to see real value from the initial applications.

Now, in 2019, we see more and more healthcare organizations taking significant steps to create intelligent, modern facilities and embrace IoT in many ways.

Connect with us and learn about our work in healthcare. Check out a few of our case studies below:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H)

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

University of Vermont Health Network

Frisbie Memorial Hospital 

Department of Veterans Affairs