Leading healthcare organizations are recognizing the emerging opportunities of data and are investing in in-house teams to lead digital transformations in facilities management.
FREMONT, CA: Over the past 20 years, data have significantly expanded on a large scale in various dimensions. Big Data – the vast data that inundates a business on a day-to-day basis – is going to have a tremendous impact on the nature of health business, including facilities management. While big data has changed the delivery of medicine, its use in support services is only now gaining momentum. Facilities managers are embracing a new generation of software running on mobile platforms. This makes management data available in real-time. It allows hospital systems to develop standardized approaches to manage facility portfolios, streamline regulatory compliance, and incorporate facility tracking and financial planning into existing management processes.
Leading healthcare organizations are merging data from the hospital systems with operational data from systems. These merged data allows organizations to identify previously invisible savings opportunities in facility management and the purchasing of services and commodities. At the same time, these data become vital inputs for clinicians, facilities operators, and planners to evaluate the risk inherent in their built environment, to formulate robust risk mitigation programs and to identify timing and scope of capital renewals.
In many healthcare systems, data is still not embraced as a strategic resource for supporting facilities management. When data governance is not implemented in a strategic way, it becomes a response to prescriptive regulatory requirements. It is essential to capture effective datasets and optimized processes. To do so, organizations need to invest in expertise to build data governance teams for facilities management. It’s important to recognize that the development of data governance structures and management systems in facilities management requires time and stamina. This will ultimately improve the organization’s ability to mitigate facilities risk, reduce operational cost, and enhance the impact of capital investments in the coming years.