According to a recent report from Research and Markets, global energy management systems (EMS) for the healthcare sector is preparing to grow rapidly between 2016-2020, upwards of 10%. The report looks at reducing costs as the main driver for healthcare facilities to implement EMS functionality, especially as it's one of the most energy intensive facilities in any federal or commercial sectors. Not surprising, as these buildings must constantly be regulating hot and cold air and running patient devices and machines 24/7, 365 days a year.
With more and more needing care and the cost of energy increasing, EMS can be a way for this sector to offset costs. However, installation of the devices and software needed to run a successful energy management system relies heavily on a secure system. The looming danger of hackers being able to take down an energy system at a healthcare facility could mean lives lost in many cases. The Department of Energy (DoE) has even started programs hacking themselves in an effort to find ways hackers may gain entry and ensure it doesn't happen to the nation's power grid. We've talked about this in the past, focusing on cyber security in energy management.
While the software, where it's runs and the many connected devices is important, what's also important is the network that houses it all. Wireless connectivity and protection is the backbone to all of these capabilities and thus needs to be well engineered, designed and implemented - something we know how to do very well, especially at healthcare facilities. Most recently, Resolute completed a wireless site survey, in conjunction with its partner FourPoints Technology, at the new Ralph H Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center CBOC located in Savannah, GA in VISN 7.
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