Australia's newest smart hospital deploys automation tech
Calvary Adelaide Hospital has become the largest smart hospital in South Australia thanks to new building automation technology.
The $345 million 12-story private hospital has 5 levels of patient wards, and capacity for 344 overnight beds with 16 operating theatres. Specialties include orthopaedic, cardiac, neurosurgical and rehabilitation services, along with a custom-designed Hybrid Theatre that combines an operating theatre with a radiology suite to diagnose and treat patients faster.
Technology firm ABB has partnered with automation specialists mySmart to equip the hospital with ABB's i-bus® KNX system, an automation solution that controls all the building's lighting and monitoring.
The system gives hospital personnel and maintenance staff full command of lighting functions, which can be managed automatically according to a schedule, sunset or sunrise, the presence of people, or by pushing a button.
The hospital is now equipped with more than 1200 KNX devices, making it the largest KNX healthcare project in the Southern Hemisphere. It is expected the technology will deliver substantial cost savings, given the countless number of lighting points in the hospital, including patient rooms, research facilities, hallways, waiting rooms, laboratories and lobbies. ABB say their system can help make energy savings of up to 60 per cent.
“Hospitals always need light, regardless of the time of day or the day of the week" Christian Schiemann, Building Automation Manager at ABB Australia said. "Lighting must be reliable and well-designed to not only guarantee the best conditions for medical and nursing staff, but also provide optimal conditions for the well-being of patients.”
The i-bus® KNX system integrates the hospital’s lighting and energy metering with the building management system (BMS) and Nurse Call system. This allows the lighting system to work in unison with heating and cooling systems, so as lighting sensors detect the movement of people and turn lights on, it triggers the heating/cooling system to respond accordingly.
It also allows devices to communicate with one another via a single cable which is installed alongside normal power lines. This means that all electrical functions are connected with one another via the bus system.
“Calvary Adelaide Hospital is a great technical solution for a truly modern facility" said Peter Garrett, Managing Director of mySmart. "We are very proud to have partnered with ABB to provide a real world-class building automation solution, that ultimately will deliver critical support to hospital staff and patients.”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”