Q&A with Harry Pappas of the Intelligent Hospital

Harry Pappas, Co-founder and CEO of the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) and the Intelligent Hospital™ defines an intelligent hospital and explains how his organization educates healthcare professionals about how existing and new technologies can work together in today’s hospital.

The Intelligent Hospital™ was created to raise awareness and educate the healthcare industry on the many applications of auto-ID, biometrics, BLE, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors, mobile devices and wireless technologies and how these technologies can be integrated within the clinical scenarios of a healthcare facility. Learn more at intelligenthospital.org and intelligenthospital.tv.

The Intelligent Hospital Pavilion will be in the exhibit hall at HIMSS14 in Orlando February 24th through the 26th. Each room – including an OR, ED, ICU, labor & delivery, supply chain room, pharmacy, cardiology suite and step down – will showcase multiple technologies in an educational tour format. You can see Pevco’s technologies in action in the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion’s ED and Pharmacy.

Q: What makes a hospital an “intelligent” hospital?
A: An intelligent hospital utilizes state of the art technology to improve patient care in a real-time manner. The implementation of technologies like barcoding and RTLS gives the healthcare facility instant accountability. Intelligent hospitals recognize that the adoption of technology will have a positive impact on patient care and safety. Many of these technologies not only help reduce errors but also give visibility of the processes and the chain of custody. By combining various technologies into a seamless data flow in real time, you can see the exact status of the product or service.

Q: The Intelligent Hospital Pavilion attracts healthcare professionals from around the world.
What will visitors learn from touring the Pavilion?

A: Visitors will gain an education of what technologies are available for their facilities. Seeing the technologies used in specific instances within the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion rooms will show visitors which technologies apply to specific processes within the hospital. They will see which technologies lend themselves better to different departments or rooms. Some technologies may be better used in the delivery room but not be a great solution, for example, in the ICU. It is a valuable learning experience to see the technologies in use in the Intelligent Hospital pavilion before making an investment.

Q: Your organization’s primary mission is to educate. What are the specific goals of the Intelligent Hospital?
A: The whole effort is about raising awareness about how these technologies can be implemented and integrated together in order to increase patient safety and care and reduce operating costs and errors. The Intelligent Hospital strives to show the healthcare community all the available options for addressing specific issues. This enables decision makers to choose the right technologies for their facilities.

Q: Each year, the Intelligent Hospital awards healthcare institutions that have made significant contributions in improving the patient experience, improving regulatory compliance, physical security usage and more. Why did you start the awards program and why is it so important to recognize these institutions?
A: The awards program was created to recognize the institutions that are adopting technologies in an effort to improve patient care and safety. Awards are given for the use of a single technology or a combination of many technologies. When institutions receive an award, the story of their technology solution is told to the healthcare community. This establishes a lesson on how technology can impact operations and patient care. Winning institutions, large and small, serve as a model for other institutions. Their achievements demonstrate that taking the time and investment in technology can cause evolution to the healthcare revolution – one step at a time.

Q: Why is data collection so important in today’s intelligent hospital?
A: When real-time data is delivered to the primary caregiver, they can make real-time decisions. With today’s available technology, this is achievable. For example, technology makes it possible to give total accountability in the pharmacy. You can see exactly when a prescription was given, when it was put into the system, who wrote the prescription and when it was filled. This information can be acted upon instantly, enabling healthcare staff to work quickly and efficiently. The real-time visibility of these transactions is critical in today’s intelligent hospital.