Hospital 4.0

Hospital 4.0

The Internet of Things (IoT) has numerous applications
in health care, from remote patient monitoring, smart
sensors, integration of smart medical devices, to improving and
optimizing the health care process. Some predictions say that
in the next few years there will be a boost of IoT adoption in
health care, both on the clinical side and the operational side.
Specifically for the complex management of hospital operations,
IoT will be able to solve well-known problems such as inefficient
coordination of health care teams, poor allocation of space, human
and material resources, and bad investment decisions. In this
line we believe that an up-to-date knowledge of the whereabouts
of patients, health care workers, and hospital equipment at all
times will transform the way modern hospitals operate and
are managed, leading to more efficient and effective businesses
based on statistical analysis and real-time alert mechanisms.
In this sense, we are developing Hospital 4.0, a distributed
IoT application that delivers real-time statistical information to
hospital administrators and the health care teams.Our solution
works by capturing signals sent by bluetooth beacons worn
by every patient and health professional (wristbands and ID
tags). We use them primarily for identifying the localization, the
timestamp of events and the co-located people. These gathered
data are used to generate statistics about resource usage and
notifications about emergency situations, which are displayed on
managerial dashboards.