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Future of medical equipment maintenance

August 14, 2020
Parts And Service
From the August 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

AI and IoT will eliminate most needed prescheduled maintenance activities by proactively monitoring equipment conditions and automatically generating needed services. Like with modern automobiles, IoT and AI will monitor fluids and produce service work orders when viscosity levels dictate, saving thousands of dollars in labor and materials over time-based activities. Medical equipment, much of which is already connected and monitored, will shift to proactive notifications and generation of service requests. Some companies are already looking at available streams of data from modern devices to identify anomalies and initiate proactive repairs. It’s quite possible that automated status identifications will occur, where an asset (while not in use) will identify as “not available” due to some needed servicing to prevent an unsafe use condition. Even when in use, status notifications will occur allowing clinicians to proactively replace that asset with another before an unsafe condition arises.

As these capabilities expand and are proved to enhance the safety and reliability of equipment and spaces, we will see regulatory and oversight agencies adapt. As with alternative equipment management programs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and others will codify PdM and allow healthcare organizations to embrace the proven benefits of this maintenance strategy.

About the author: Rick Joslin is the senior advisor of healthcare strategy at Accruent, the world's leading provider of physical resource management solutions.

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