How Lifecycle Asset Data Differs for Healthcare Facilities
Medical equipment assets within healthcare facilities are critical in delivering safe, practical medical and clinical services to patients. With many different regulatory authorities involved in the operations of healthcare facilities, medical equipment typically falls outside the typical FF&E umbrella. Often, more data is required for medical equipment than FF&E because these elements impact how the healthcare facility can perform its medical services.
From an owner’s perspective, collecting lifecycle asset data for medical equipment can seem like an overwhelming task. Each asset serves a different and critical role. Take an intensive care unit, for example. Different room configurations are designed to meet specific medical requirements for the type of procedure conducted and patients served. And one ICU does not fill all – from CICU for cardiac services to NICU for neonatal services, each space serves a different purpose, with varying facility and asset requirements. As the owner, you need to document the height, width, depth, pricing, electrical connections, wattage, installation, of each light, magnifier, surgical table, and digital integration system. And this is just the different types of ICU’s, an entirely different school of thought must go into the creation of asset data for patient rooms, nurses’ stations, labs, and waiting rooms.
Collecting and Maintaining Healthcare Facility Asset Data
By defining and collecting lifecycle asset data early on in a project you will save time and money down the road, particularly by eliminating the need for FCAs to collect and analyze your asset data. Creating a comprehensive owner asset registry from the beginning of a project ensures that your asset data is clean, accurate, and complete for operational handover and subsequent management.
One strategy to begin your owner asset registry is by identifying the critical assets required to meet the needs of your healthcare services in BIM, understanding the lifecycle data needs of those assets and ensuring that your project models have the expected information. BIM Assure allows you to analyze BIM using automated rules that check for quality, accuracy and completeness, saving enormous amounts of time, energy and effort.
Interested in improving your facility and medical asset data quality? Visit Doug Sinclair during the ASHE Annual Conference in Indianapolis at booth 845 or reach out directly to schedule a meeting at the show.