The pandemic has clearly led to profound reforms in the healthcare sector. From the rise of telehealth to the use and deployment of smart technologies for pandemic detection and protection, the sector has taken an increasingly technological approach to deal with the crisis.
Key industry developments noted by healthcare experts and analysts include:
- The adoption of telehealth: one of the main advantages of telehealth is the reduction of physical contact while allowing the same quality of care services. Telehealth tools range from classic video conferencing apps to more comprehensive API-based open-source systems that connect web browsers to mobile apps. These offers more advanced features, such as sharing important electronic medical records, and integration with portable devices.
- Deployment of smart technologies for health management: Many healthcare facilities are now deploying new technologies to improve hospital design and health safety. The pandemic has taught us to disinfect rather twice than once, hospitals and clinics are now using autonomous robots with UV rays to kill germs, thermal scanners and even applications for monitoring contact cases.
- The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT): The potential of IoMT is such that this market is expected to be worth US$254.2 billion by 2026. The ability to seamlessly and intelligently integrate medical devices with sensors and tools that can easily analyze data for better support of healthcare services has huge potential and is a definite benefit for this sector.
But while all of these innovations are promising, they will create new challenges for IT teams who are already struggling to manage their (often) existing IT infrastructures. The challenge is to maintain a “100% available” health ecosystem that encompasses the data center but also all medical equipment.
Why Uninterrupted Power is Critical for Healthcare IT Systems
Continuous power supply to all components of your healthcare ecosystem is your first line of defense against disruptions to your critical operations. All parts of the system, from the data center to the laboratories, including the MRI room, the cath lab or the computer rooms, need quality and uninterrupted power supply to carry out their work. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) double-conversion online is the only system that protects against all potential electrical disturbances: this is essential for critical applications.
When choosing a UPS for your healthcare facility, it’s important to understand your future needs and ensure you have a scalability plan that can meet them cost-effectively. Providing only the capacity you need today without a plan to scale can limit your future growth, and increase costs and inconvenience, should you decide to adopt new technologies in the future. Visit also: APC UPS for computers
As availability requirements increase, power system redundancy is often used to reduce single points of failure, enable future growth, and improve operational flexibility.
Investing in a reliable secure power solution is therefore the first line of defense to avoid disruptions in your healthcare IT system. And with today’s emergence of new technologies and applications, the need to review your existing IT infrastructure to ensure it can meet the growing demands of technology becomes even more pressing.