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In the competitive healthcare space, facilities are under tremendous pressure to continuously update and improve their amenities. Hospitals and other care environments (e.g. nursing homes, surgical centers) continually seek to enhance their offerings and services to meet changing patient needs and regional demand, to comply with industry and environmental standards (such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services accreditation), to incorporate new medical technologies, as well as to ensure they are attracting top medical talent.
Healthcare construction therefore is an essential and permanent aspect of modernizing facilities and staying competitive, and represents a growing opportunity for many contractors. Facilities managers and owners turn to contractors they can trust with proven safety, quality and project delivery track records. That is because healthcare projects face all the usual construction challenges (managing various subs, tasks, materials and equipment under tight timelines) while also having to ensure uninterrupted patient care and to comply with stringent health, safety and environmental standards.
Given all these factors, visibility, documentation, communication and safety are critical to planning, managing and executing successful healthcare construction projects. Faced with these challenges, contractors are using leading-technologies to get the job done. Platform solutions like Spot-r provide remote visibility into resources and enhances safety across a work zone by connecting supervisors and workers in critical ways.
At a healthcare facility with patients and caregivers working alongside project teams, there are heightened risks and liabilities, and everyone involved (from owners to contractors to vendors/suppliers and laborers) need to make the building process as connected, secure and seamless as possible. On hospital renovation projects in particular, construction workers are often in close proximity to operating portions of the facility, and the ability for project leaders to easily differentiate patient care areas from active work zones cannot be overstated.
Spot-r breaks a work site into zones and floors, allowing designated personnel to see which – and how many – workers and equipment are active in the specific area. The dashboard’s historical slider shows workforce and equipment deployment/movement in 10-minute increments (with the ability to drill into the data), helping project leaders account for personnel at any point in time.