Software AG’s SOA & BPM Help Power “Hospital of the Future” for Nemours
Software AG is helping Nemours, a children’s health system, build “hospital of the future,,” which can make a child’s visit to the hospital less scary and more familiar. The hospital will use Software AG’s SOA BPM offerings technologies to update system for clinical services, support functions -- and even create ‘smart rooms’ for each patient.
Software AG is helping Nemours, a children’s health system, build “hospital of the future,,” which can make a child’s visit to the hospital less scary and more familiar. The company’s SOA and BPM technologies will be used to update system for clinical services, support functions and even create ‘smart rooms’ for each patient.
One of the project’s most notable goals is to deliver IT infrastructure that can create easy-to-update ‘smart rooms.’ Upon a child’s arrival, the system will provision the room with a child’s favorite video games, website bookmarks, friends’ lists and other electronic entertainment. Even lighting and temperature can be set the way the patients prefer, according to Roger Oxendale, CEO of Nemours Children’s Hospital.
“Nemours has long been a leader in the use of technology to improve patient and family care,” Oxendale said in a statement. “Our partnership with Software AG will allow us to provide better data to our specialists, make our patients more comfortable and improve security.”
Nemours is using Software AG’s webMethods Integration Server and webMethods Business Process Management Suite to knit together clinical, environmental and other hospital systems that typically stand alone and are not built to talk with one another, Oxendale said.
Aside from the smart rooms, NCH will also deploy systems for surveillance, RFID, facilities, and clinical scheduling – all of which can integrate and work together to ensure patients are safe, secure and as comfortable as possible, Systems can also schedule in-room maintenance and similar activities to occur when a child is getting an X-ray or out of the room for another reason, he added.
Software AG’s SOA and BPM will also become the IT infrastructure for the hospital’s RFID badging system. For this application, when a caregiver walks into a patient’s room, an RFID sensor will read that caregiver’s badge. The caregiver’s picture, retrieved from the hospital’s HR system, will be displayed on the room’s TV to ensure parents of the caregiver’s proper identification. The RFID system also lets hospital officials know which caregivers are interacting with which patients.
The Nemours Children’s Hospital, located in Orlando, Fla., cut the ribbon on its Preview Center last month. The hospital is scheduled to open in October, NCH officials said.