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Why Hospitals are Struggling to Adopt Smart Building Solutions

April 14, 2023

Hospital building managers are recognizing the potential benefits of implementing smart building solutions to streamline their operations and enhance patient outcomes. 

The benefits include optimized energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, and better patient comfort, as well as valuable data-driven insights for everything from asset monitoring to facility maintenance. With the increasing demands placed on healthcare facilities, smart building solutions offer promising opportunities to enhance efficiency and quality of care.

But while the potential benefits of smart building solutions are compelling, they can be difficult for hospitals to implement.

  • Complexity: Hospital buildings are highly complex and require specialized infrastructure to function properly. Integrating smart building solutions can be a lengthy and bureaucratic process. 
  • Cost: Implementing smart building technology can be expensive, and many hospitals operate on tight budgets. The upfront costs of installing new technology may be seen as too high, even if it would save money in the long run. 
  • Risk of downtime: Hospitals must operate 24/7, so any downtime caused by installation or maintenance of new systems can have a significant impact on patient care. This risk may make hospital administrators hesitant to take on the added complexity of new technology. 
  • Regulations: Hospitals must comply with a wide range of regulations governing everything from patient safety to data privacy. Implementing new technology can be a complicated process that requires navigating these regulations and ensuring compliance. Overall, while the benefits of smart building solutions are clear, the unique challenges facing hospitals may make it difficult for them to adopt this technology as quickly as other industries.

Kterio is working to provide reassurance and assistance to hospitals seeking to implement their solutions. These are just few things we are doing to ensure the full confidence in our solution: 

  • detailed analyses of the potential return on investment to demonstrate the cost savings associated with smart building solutions. 
  • training and support to hospital building managers to help them navigate the complexities of installation and operation.
  • To address concerns about regulatory compliance, Kterio is working to ensure that their solutions meet all relevant safety and security standards. 
  • The solution offers data encryption and cybersecurity features to protect patient privacy and improve security. 
  • But most importantly, we are collaborating with healthcare organizations to ensure that their solutions meet the unique needs of the healthcare industry.

While adoption of smart building solutions in healthcare may be slower than other industries, there is a growing recognition of their potential benefits and a willingness to explore how they can be integrated into hospital operations.