September 2013 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management

Behaviorial Healthcare survey details 40 electronic health record systems

Survey is magazine's annual look at the growing range of information technology products and solutions from vendors who serve the behavioral health industry.

Infection control should be part of disaster plan

Guide for for ambulatory care centers on infection prevention during disasters recently released

Take a photo tour of Mercy Health - Rookwood Medical Center

Cincinnati health center project's highly visible location came with it's own set of challenges

Five blog entries from National Health IT Week gathers five blog entries from National IT Week discussions

Linetec expands anodize facility, increases capacity, grows staff

Backpack your way to cleaner floors

ICONICS 2013 Worldwide Customer Summit

Methodist Hospital of Southern California cybersecurity program honored

ECRI Institute's 2013 Award recognizes an outstanding initiative undertaken by member healthcare institution that improves patient safety, reduces costs

Collaboration key to solving challenges of rehab hospital project

Craig Hospital project architects gain perspective by immersion in 'Craig way'

Five ways to link health information technology, quality measurement

AHRQ Report offers tips on engaging patients, connecting data

UK company develops keyboards to help reduce HAI risk

Keyboards have flat design with no raised or recessed surfaces and monitors and ability of monitor own cleaning status

AHE elects two at-large board members

Association for the Healthcare Environment president re-appointed

Demand for nurse informaticists ramps up

Nursing informatics blends nursing science, information science and computer science

Honored hospice design focuses on resident-centered care

Private conversation area for families, residential style restrooms contribute to homey feel


Take the long view when investing in health care data

There may not be a clear pay-off at first, but data is the key to trimming health care costs

Bridgeport Hospital builds new plaza to improve safety of entrance

The $5 million project includes greenery, a sheltered walkway and a water sculpture

Are hospitals getting too posh?

With some new healthcare facilities becoming harder to differentiate from hotels - how is cost, care effected?

DAQ's Entrowatch access system wine ASIS Accolades Award

MenuTrinfo partners with Personal Touch Food Service on allergy training

AMAG Technology Launches Symmetry HD Camera Line

WAC Lighting unveils Huntington, LED pendant

New LZR Microscan Automatic Swing Door Sensor from BEA

Healthcare Design magazine announces 2013 Remodel-Renovation winners

Six projects honored in fourth annual competition

CRE infections tracked by state

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology put together summary of states with superbug issue

New ASHRAE reference guides hospital HVAC design

Guidelines focus on system filtration, temperature, humidity, air change, pressurization and exhaust

White paper: Defining a framework to meet healthcare technology challenges

White paper discusses the issues healthcare facilities face when implementing and integrating new technology.

Hospitals make significant progress in disaster readiness

Drilling and education has paid off since 9/11, anthrax

Healthcare can be fixed by design

Wired Q&A talks to consultant about how to bring human-centered design to a complex system

Renovation of Stanford's Hoover Pavilion balances preservation and practicality

Space houses clinics, physicians’ offices, a health library, and a pharmacy

Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council seeks nominations for 2014-2016 board

Four HLAC positions in three director classes are open

Klein and Nello Wall Systems team up to offer complete modular frameless glass office environments

Cree introduces new high density class of XLamp CXA LED Arrays

SMGlobal's FastMaint CMMS software manages maintenance work orders for industrial equipment, facilities, and utilities.

HydraMaster presents new 2013-2014 chemical catalog for CleanMaster Solutions

CertainTeed secures environmental product declaration for Sustainable Insulation, verifying Life Cycle Performance

Study shows patients prefer digital communication over print

Most visitors and patients said digital content enhanced the hospital experience

How to purchase hospital products on a budget

Easy tips and tricks that can cut down on spending


Energy savings project reveals potential hospital catastrophe

The potential hazard that was overlooked for 20 years was scary, but not unusual

Healthcare IT security is difficult, but not impossible

Planning and thorough security risk analysis needed

Residential facilities get new pediatric infection prevention guidelines

Patients vulnerable to infection and their families are at risk of exposure to infectious pathogens in common areas

Chemotherapy delivery given kid-friendly makeover

Designers look to rubber duckies and superheroes to make experience a little easier

IBM to build analytics platform for NYC hospital system

New platform will standardize information from patients, providers, locations and reimbursement codes


Design shouldn't be all about the end result

Blog suggests that doing an "archaeological dig" into client's journey will enhance understanding of goals

Myths and realities about low moisture carpet care

Stairwell Light Fixture integrates occupancy sensor to cut annual electricity use by 50-75 percent

Siemon's new MAX TurboTool significantly reduces Category 5e and Category 6 termination times

New Fluke 1730 three-phase electrical energy logger simplifies the discovery of electrical energy waste

AMAG Technology announces new features to SymmetryWEB

MRSA infections fall by more than 50% in U.S. hospitals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows drop from 2005-2011

Claims data called crucial for ACO analytics

Clinical data from electronic health records seen as insufficient for analytic purposes

HHS awards $5.3 million for health IT in rural areas

Grants will help expand the rural health information technology workforce and the use of telehealth

India hospital planted in a garden setting

Tata Medical Center designed to be open, transparent, and welcoming


How long will health care boom last in Dallas/Forth Worth?

Parkland Memorial Hospital is the nation's largest health care construction projects in progress

Three ways big data is changing healthcare

Preventative care, better quality, and decreased costs link to new technology

4 findings on healthcare facility design's effect on HAIs

Contact, air, water, and spatial separation cited as key factors in study

Take a photo tour of LourdesCare facility in N.J.

The 55,000-square-foot ambulatory care center was converted from a vacant supermarket

Hubbell Lighting releases new led highbay fixtures for hazardous, high ambient and light industrial applications

Utilivisor offers predictive analysis energy advisory services

Illuminating Engineering Society selects 14 Acuity Brands lighting products for annual progress report

Unified Power, LLC and GB Technologies announce new strategic partnership

Clorox Healthcare products now EPA-Registered to kill infection-causing pathogens on hard-to-treat soft surfaces

Vermont hospitals commit to a healthier future

Vermont is the first state to commit to enrolling all of its hospitals

New IT degree with health care focus offered

Information-related job growth in the health care field is expected to increase by 21 percent between 2010 and 2020

How does a community hospital manage data growth?

Watertown, N.Y., hospital streamlining how it manages and backs up data

Little momentum seen for local food movement in Ontario health care system

Systemic issues - rather than philosophical ones - called the biggest barrier

Is equipment financing the right solution for HIT investments?

10 questions for decision makers to ask before they invest

Learning HIM from experts

Geisinger, Intermountain are ahead of the curve managing health information.

Heart of Healthcare award winners named

AHE and Kimberly-Clark honor environmental services technicians for infection prevention efforts


Adult hospitals could take a lesson from children's facilities

Warm, cheerful lighting, family-centered spaces, single-patient rooms and engaged staff make a huge difference

New collection of high-end hand towels debuted at top tradeshow, proving that impressions make the difference

Bio-based cleaners: Myths and realities

Emerson Network Power launches flexible Rack/Row UPS, delivering capacity-on-demand without increasing footprint

WaterSignal introduces the first wireless system that continuously monitors water usage in real time.

Magnetek to debut space-saving Quattro AC Elevator Drive at NAEC 64th Annual Convention

New 40 Watt LED Low Bay Light from Larson Electronics replaces 250 Watt metal halides


Healthcare designers can learn from office design

The increasing use of wireless technologies to diagnose and treat patients requires that healthcare organizations create different types of spaces

NHS Change Day making a difference, organizers say

Over 189,000 pledges were made to improve patient experience and/or clinical outcomes

Rush Memorial Hospital named 2013 Most Wired

Magazine survey polls hospitals and health systems regarding their IT initiatives

Design of Alaskan clinic reflects culture of patients

Building 'shouts' the Athabascan culture in its colors, forms and artwork

N.J. firm stays busy in health care construction

Nursing home specialist partnering for new rehabilitation center

Unplanned data center outages slightly less common, but still a challenge, survey finds

Most respondents in the study stated that they would rather walk barefoot over hot coals than have their data center go down

Where are the 50 greenest hospitals in America?

Attention to carbon emissions, medical waste, water consumption, unhealthy food, fossil fuels and climate change are part of the hospital mission

Advances in nurse call system technology offer new, better care options

Once-optional features - including systems integration and handheld abilities - now standard.

Noesis Energy aims to spur energy efficiency projects with Noesis Pro Project Services

EYE Lighting recognized in the 2013 IES progress report

AMAG Technology announces Symmetry Security Management System Integration with ASSA ABLOY Aperio wireless lock technology platform

MaxLite launches versatile StaxMAX LED flood lights

Alucobond natural line expanded with graphite, stainless, zinc, rust color finishes

Outpatient and research facility designed to encourage foot traffic

Boston building built like a busy city to encourage unplanned encounters and random meetings

Singapore launches green building initiative

Agency study shows retrofitted buildings already saving $24 million a year


Cancer treatment waiting room redesigned just for kids

Staff-driven project was inspired by young cancer patient


Healthcare building facades create a positive first impression

Four examples of inspiring designs make an immediate connection with patients

Recycling big-box retail into sustainable healthcare space

Deconstructing a facility can present more challenges than starting from scratch

Need for data reshaping HIM professions

Health information managers seeing new demand and new roles

Survey ranks health care facilities second for suspect hand-washing habits

Only restaurants rank higher for locations that Americans are 'most concerned' about others not washing their hands

Hospitals need the right tools to tackle sustainability

The willingness is there, but resources and time are often in short supply

Maker of advanced healthcare-disinfection Robot, TRU-D SmartUVC, to address importance of UV disinfection at AHE Conference

Armstrong recycling programs get Pennsylvania Waste Watcher Awards

Acuity Brands makes converting downlights to LED easy with RV Series From Lithonia Lighting

Optimized OmniFlex™ Dispense-and-Vac for Foodservice

SCA's Tork brand launches collection of high-end towels

Combined heat and power systems reduce energy use and outage risk

Regulations often stand in the way as utilities' profits take a hit

Hospitals working to increase community access to healthier food

Research shows eating more produce could save 100,000 lives and $17 billion annually

Can social networking help solve EHR interoperability?

Benefits of sharing and commenting on records within dedicated social networks discussed

Residents protest Utah medical waste incinerator

North Salt Lake plant accused of blanketing the region in toxic smoke


Planning a healthcare analytics strategy proposes three questions to ask before you begin

C. Diff rates nearly doubled 10 years

Data comes from analysis of U.S. National Hospital Discharge Surveys from 2001 to 2010

Singapore hospital designed with a 'Four Seasons' influence

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, specializing in heart and vascular treatment, neurosciences, orthopedics, and surgery, aspires to be 'hospital of the future'

Palliative care unit designs focus on calm and comfort

Quiet, homelike atmostphere key to de-stressing patients and families

Enterprise patient portal meets meaningful use criteria for patient and family engagement

aptiQmobile turns smartphones into credentials

Rehrig Pacific Company receives FDA approval for new reusable Sharps Container

Brady launches ToughWash harsh washdown labels for food and beverage market

Report shows Massachusetts hospitals can save $700,000 per year with combined heat and power systems

Health system embraces earthbound data storage

Not all health data storage solutions are in the cloud in "conservative" strategy

C-change: the chief experience officer joins the executive circle

Patient experiences have a financial impact with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Maintaining attractive design elements key to patient satisfaction

Budget limitations another reason to purchase and manage furnishings cost-effectively

Data on EHR problems causes concern

Software default value-related incidents resulted in unsafe conditions or prolonged hospitalization

Hospitals look past codes to set power reliability minimums

Recent natural disasters spark proactive infrastructure upgrades

Patient barcoding introduced to curb medication errors

Colorado hospital uses coded bracelets to monitor drugs, dosages, and timing

Technology is layered in hybrid OR suite

Complex design process includes hundreds of variables to intregrate operating rooms with diagnostics services suites

Survey says 82% of employed Americans believe there is a connection between office morale and the amount of natural light in an office

Meyda Custom Lighting introduces BOLA

Acuity Brands makes converting downlights to LED easy with RV Series from Lithonia Lighting

"Data BIG and Small: What Healthcare Decision Makers are Using Now" is Focus of ECRI Institute's 20th annual Health Policy Conference

Hospital Complications dashboard assists hospital staff in tracking, monitoring and preventing patient safety- and infection-related events

Geisinger Medical Center honored for environmental services excellence

Magazine names facility ES Department of the Year

Charlottesville hospital takes closer look at safety

Daily safety huddles at Martha Jefferson hospital brings departments together

Data called most enduring asset in any healthcare organization

Health IT expert offers tips on balanced data governance

Stricter hospital alarm rules will start in 2014

'Alarm fatigue' blamed for change in Joint Commission regulations

10 ways that healthcare quality impacts costs

Impact goes beyond much-reported $9.8 billion annual infection price tag

Updated Life Safety Code waiver rule allows bigger trash cans

The update balances "unreasonable hardship" for facilities and resident safety

The operating room is redefined as new technologies emerge

Careful planning and design can benefit patient care and cost efficiency


Protective gloves get used and abused

Blog maintains gloves effectiveness only as potent as the overall commitment to safety

Engineer shares tips for creating corporate facility maintenance programs

Baylor Health Care System wins 2013 Tech Titans Award for successful needs-based customizations to Allscripts EHR

NetworkThermostat announces two new thermostats UP32H-IP and UP32H-WIFI with humidity sensing

Armstrong ceiling & wall systems honored with six Construction Excellence Awards

Pegasus Building Services offers new fogging services for microorganism, infection and mold control

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Designing a hybrid OR in a limited space requires leap of faith

Collaborative planning and flexible equipment choices were also crucial


VNA can be antidote to proprietary health care data

Technology can translate data to a consistent format and enable communication across disparate entities

Restroom design can influence perception of facility

Poor design choices can create a bad first impression

New beds improve safety at Marshfield hospital

Replacing 90% of the facility's beds costs $4.9 million

Boston rehab hospital designed to be as inclusive, sustainable and accessible

Architectural details reflect waterfront location as play a role in patients' healing process

It's Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week!

Celebration includes free daily webinars for members


Cloud computing reduces HIPAA compliance risk

IT systems that enable secure sharing of information without the need to transport a safer bet

The cHealth Innovation Symposium will be hosted by OCHIN, Inc., the Oregon Medical Association, and Oregon Health Network

FCS OmniColl building energy performance monitoring at WEEC

"Improve Your Office Day" is Oct. 4

AFFLINK's eLev8 process "elevates" marketing slogan

Hamilton Pacific Chamberlain awarded HVAC project for Baltimore VA Medical Center

$10.9M construction contract approved for two Texas clinics

West Odessa clinic - slated for a summer/fall 2014 opening - will be the first urgent care in the area

Study puts hospital infections price tag at $9.8 billion annually

Recent JAMA Internal Medicine report reviewed data from 1998-2013

Six steps for a successful waste management program

Arkansas Children's Hospital shares methods for dealing with medical waste

Design elements examined in reducing fall risks

Looking at a range of factors - related to the patient and the environment - together found to be most effective

Bipartisan Policy Center calls for health IT oversight framework

BPC seeks response that engages health care stakeholders, protects patient safety, supports learning and promotes innovation


Financial incentives ineffective to fight healthcare-acquired infections

Health-plan financed infection fighting can actually a financial boon, blog says

Top 10 reasons for implementing a new matting system

Change of season, increased safety, green cleaning system cited as reasons to think mats

Joint Commission sites 5 toughest ambulatory care standards

Four of the top five 2013 standards made the 2012 list

Horizon Eye Care adopts InteliChart patient portal to streamline patient-provider communication

Fieldpiece Instruments introduces advanced compact thermometer

Nonresidential construction index remains constant

Daylighting window film shows potential to significantly reduce lighting energy use in buildings

Acuity Brands launches new fixture-mount occupancy sensor with interchangeable lenses from Sensor Switch

Advocate sued after huge data breach

Four unencrypted laptops were stolen from its facility in the second largest data breach to date

How important is hospital security?

Tips and tricks to better protect healthcare institutions

PCs may check out from hospitals

Zero-client terminals are taking there place

Hospitals make slow progress toward sustainability

Survey shows hospitals say that environmental sustainability is important, but are at varying stages of initiatives


Healthcare industry needs to do more to prevent hospital-acquired infections

To err is human, to continually not protect against it is institutional failure

New federal rule highlighted after sprinkler system saves nursing home residents

Fire sprinklers required in all U.S. long-term care facilities as of previous month

Where do 'superbugs' hide in hospital rooms?

Ten common patient touch points are where most environmental cultures are obtained

National Health IT Week kicks off Sept. 16

Week-long celebration includes Health IT Technology Showcase and Policy Summit

New operator interface technology copper keyboards kill drug resistant superbugs

Impact HUB and Herman Miller partner to inspire connectivity around the world

MEDSEEK leading enterprise patient portal market with live clients

Sir Kenneth Robinson to headline BIFMA's 2014 360 Leadership Conference

Emerson Network Power and world-class medical campus solve emergency power infrastructure conundrum . . . reliably

Ensuring fail-safe power in emergencies

Constant power through the hospital's critical power supply depends on all components functioning properly

Tips from Joint Commission on survey readiness

Medication management updates are key for 2013: Red flags may include automated dispensing cabinets and therapeutic duplication

Michigan Green Healthcare Conference to focus on food

Event will showcase sustainable approaches for hospitals in food and other areas

Study says hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

Five most common health care-associated infections effect one of 20 each year

North Carolina long-term acute care / inpatient rehabilitation hospital nearly finished

New $40 million facility will be a joint venture between Carolinas HealthCare System Rehabilitation and Carolinas Specialty Hospital

Design-build renovations can cut costs, problems in hospital projects

Design-build avoids potential problems by enabling coordination before construction, which can save money and time

Spray Kleen from Sunburst Chemicals is complete janitorial and sanitation cleaning solution

ASTM Approves TRSA management practices as green laundry standard

43 percent of energy leaders plan to invest more in efficiency next year, according to Schneider Electric survey

Emerson Network Power reports electrical codes should more strongly address onsite power location

WattStopper simplifies control system integration and improves user experience in high-profile spaces

Cancer patients' special needs drive design decisions

A soothing environment can help mitigate stress, raise comfort levels and create better psychological health

UK student designs anti-infection invention

'Flo' bracelets dispense sanitizing liquid

Many hospitals at risk for EHR penalties

Small, rural U.S. hospitals not meeting electronic health record requirements

Would FDA-regulated IT systems make health care safer?

Doctor says yes: Electronic medical records, digital imaging, provider order entry and test results are core medical functions

Green healthcare design's big price tag largely a myth

Study shows cost increase of 1-2 percent for LEED certified projects

Has hand hygiene in hospitals gone too far?

Doctor takes the gloves off in blog extolling the necessity of touch in patient care

Emerson Network Power debuts 3-D modeling capability for ASCO

Cree Expands CR Series LED Downlights Delivering Greater Application Coverage And A Lower Initial Price

Branding slogan emphasizes eLev8 process 'elevates' results

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum DensDeck Prime roof boards enhanced

Parallon expands healthcare information technology service capabilities

Digital age brings new issues to video monitoring

Bandwidth a key challenge as surveillance systems evolve

Nursing homes, long-term facilities behind in EHR

Lack of funding, financial incentives and penalties are sited as key obstacles to adoption

New research explores hospital indoor air quality and infection control

Two studies look at open-plan ward design, ventilation strategies and energy management

Sound-absorbing ceiling tile can help improve hospital acoustics

Technology, planning and design choices can also help avoid noise in patient rooms

Designers must balance safety and comfort at psychiatric hospitals

Facilities should reflect input from clinical staffers and former patients

Joint Commission International releases hospital standards

Fifth edition addresses new and substantially updated standards that take effect April 1, 2014

New Russelectric 30-cycle-rated transfer switches simplify selective coordination

Legrand introduces high-capacity round furniture feed floor box

RIDGID SeeSnakeMonitor offers fast, efficient results

Building Intelligence incorporates upgraded security watch list feature into SV3path for loading docks and visitor management

Zurn Wilkins unveils new stainless steel large diameter backflow preventer

C. difficile management may not be infection control problem

CDC report finds most patients carried bacteria at time of admission

Ambulatory care facilities have unique design challenges

Lean process improvement, shared medical appointments, telehealth services just some of the factors to consider

Conversion of retail sites to healthcare has a price

Convenient locations may increase patient buy-in to wellness

Hospital Healthy Food Initiative works to improve hospital dietary standards

National organization joins with hospitals and food providers to provide better options

8 tips on keeping facilities clean, green, and healthy

Transition to fall perfect time for review procedures

High-level data security, flexibility seen in the cloud

Cloud-hosted data harder to access for thieves, but easier for health care providers

Pegasus Building Services announces hydrogen peroxide fogging services

WPS slated to save $3.9 million in innovative energy practices by 2020

DebMed introduces hand hygiene solution for the critical patient point-of-care


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