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“Smart” buildings might feel like a dream of a “Jetsons”-like future, but the computing revolution has seen a massive change in automated buildings. Building automation no longer means simple control over heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems—now buildings of all sorts are integrated with smart sensors, centralized control systems, analytics and wireless connectivity. 

While many industries stand to benefit from such innovations, the healthcare industry will be able to leverage these technological advancements to improve patient care, reduce infection risk, and ease the burden on healthcare workers. 

Improving patient care

Building automations can streamline and improve the patient experience at hospitals and healthcare facilities, leading to more satisfied patients. From enhancing patient comfort through customized lighting and temperature controls to adding convenience through contactless parking systems and automatic doors, these tech solutions have many beneficial applications.  

Reducing infection

Hospitals and other medical institutions need to have precise control over airflow, heat, and humidity in order to stop the spread of infections. Smart building automation systems for hospitals control a number of devices, including HVAC, lighting, air intakes, security, and closed circuit TV cameras. Such infrastructure can aid with monitoring and filtering air to improve its quality, lessen the presence of particulates and pathogens, and aid in hygiene by creating negative and positive pressure rooms. 

Easing the burden on healthcare workers

By implementing technology solutions such as telemedicine and virtual trainings, healthcare organizations can cut down on travel time and meeting time for healthcare workers and can also potentially limit their exposure to infectious disease. In addition, automating patient processes—such as check in, health history reporting, and customer service—can also ease the burden on healthcare administrative and medical staff. 

With these features and more, integrated building management has an important role to play in the future of many industries, particularly healthcare, and is becoming increasingly indispensable. Smart building systems can be applied across all property classes, allowing property owners and managers to reap the benefits of letting computers do the work. 

Life Balance Technologies has developed an integrated solution for air balance auditing that reviews 100 percent of a facility for infection risk. The Life Balance process integrates the mechanical design, HVAC inventory, room application, and industry standards to audit the infection control parameters of an entire building. To learn more about this innovative technology, visit our Software page