Optimizing clinical spatial resources with IoT

McNabb, Tim, Wicking, Kristin, Myers, Trina, and Lei, Lei (2020) Optimizing clinical spatial resources with IoT. In: Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference. 30. From: ACSW 2020: Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference, 3-7 February 2020, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

The cost of healthcare is significant within Australia where $185.4 billion was spent in the 2017-2018 financial year. This expenditure represents 10% of Australian GDP and grew by a ten-year annual average of 3.9% to 2015-16 financial year. There is limited ability to demonstrate the efficient use of existing healthcare spaces while Capital Works expenditure continues to grow. Executive decision-makers and front-line managers currently lack tools to optimize space utilization, as current techniques are either burdensome, costly or challenging to implement at scale. There is related literature that demonstrates the feasibility of using Internet of Things (IoT) to understand the utilization of non-clinical healthcare spaces. However, these technologies have not previously been validated as effective in an operational clinical setting. This paper presents findings from the introduction of an IoT-based space management system applied to a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic in an operational public hospital fulltime across a six-month time period. Preliminary data validates IoT technology is appropriate for operational healthcare environments and is superior when compared to manual data collection methods.

Item ID: 62365
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-4503-7697-6
Keywords: Internet of Things, Space Utilization, Clinical Space Utilization, Healthcare Resource Optimization, Architectural Informatics
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Copyright Information: © 2020 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).
Funders: Townsville Hospital and Health Service (THHS)
Projects and Grants: THHS study, Education, Research Trust Account Grant
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2021 01:28
FoR Codes: 40 ENGINEERING > 4006 Communications engineering > 400602 Data communications @ 50%
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4602 Artificial intelligence > 460206 Knowledge representation and reasoning @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences @ 50%
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