Patient risks grow when facilities underestimate IT
Healthcare Facilities Today, August 1, 2018
By Bill Glass / Special to Healthcare Facilities Today
In today’s healthcare facilities, almost every critical system rides on the central IT backbone, including building automation, fire monitoring, emergency power, refrigerators, water management and air management. In many ways, the data network itself has become a crucial facilities utility that’s needed to provide a safe, controlled, and comfortable environment of care. As a result, facilities managers need a clear understanding of the crucial role those IT systems play in their locations’ performance, reliability and safety. When the facilities department doesn’t collaborate with IT, patients, staff, and visitors can be put at risk.