Smart hospital appears in Colombo

Сatheterisation laboratory uses IoT data to secure the proper operation and warranty for diagnostics imaging equipment.

COVID-19 showed us how important the healthcare system is. The lack of doctors, shortage of drugs, and faulty medical equipment can cost people lives. Sri Lanka has one of the lowest death rates worldwide and seems like the safest place in terms of COVID. Among other things, it may be driven by the smart healthcare system created in the country. For example, a smart hospital in Colombo that we discuss today.

We’ve already written about IoT and telematics solutions controlling pharmaceuticals’ storage and transportation and managing nurses in hospitals. Now let’s see how to prevent breakdowns and prolong the lifetime of expensive medical equipment.

The problems of a smart hospital

After the COVID pandemic, one may think that artificial lung ventilation (AVL) units should have been our focus. But let’s not forget that coronary heart disease accounts for 22,64% of total deaths in the country. That’s why in this article, we focus on the remote management of heart diagnostics equipment. 

The example of a cath lab
The equivalent cath equipment in a European lab

The problems of a smart hospital

Sensitive equipment

One of the largest private hospitals in Colombo founded a catheterization lab to treat patients with heart failures. The installed diagnostics imaging equipment is the most expensive in South Asia and sensitive to temperature and humidity variations.

Another thing is the warranty. If an apparatus breaks down, the hospital needs to prove that it worked under labeled conditions – 40-60% humidity at 20-25 ℃. Otherwise, the warranty is not applied, and the hospital will repair the equipment at its own expense. 

Time constraints

The hospital has a continuous patient flow. For some of them, even a day’s delay may be critical. That’s why temperature and humidity monitoring equipment should be installed fast, without dust and debris.   

The solution

Hardware

To avoid drilling holes and wiring the lab, KLOUDIP created an environment control system based on wireless temperature and humidity sensors. Wireless sensors mounting demands hours instead of days, so the hospital didn’t need to close the cath lab and reschedule appointments with patients.

Software

KLOUDIP developed the service that receives data from the environmental sensors and displays it on the dashboard or reports.

The dashboard based on HAZER shows all sensors from the lab and their values updated in real-time. It’s available on any laptop and smartphone connected to the Internet.  

HAZER Dashboard for temperature and humidity sensor monitoring in a smart hospital in Colombo

The reports show temperature and humidity levels throughout the day in the form of colored graphs. Until the environmental conditions are within the normal range, the line is green. Otherwise, it turns red. That makes the problem evident without studying the report in detail.

HAZER IoT platform to monitor temperature and humidity via charts in a smart hospital in Colombo

The result

The hospital managers can now control their equipment and facilities even from the jungle if they bring a mobile phone. It became as simple as checking electricity counters or home thermometers. At the same time, it saves million-dollar equipment from breaking down. 

It started with a private smart hospital in Colombo, but there’s no reason why state healthcare institutions can’t use it. The budgets are always not enough, which means savings = earnings.

If you work with sensitive equipment or machinery, we’ll consult you on managing it cost-effectively. Ask us here

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