Why we need smart hospitals: the importance of our healthcare infrastructure cannot be understated

Thursday 19th October 13:00 - 13:45

Management Theatre

The importance of our healthcare infrastructure cannot be understated. We need to build our healthcare facilities to be responsive and resilient as our healthcare needs become more complex. Through smart hospital applications underpinned by information management, this talk will explore how we can support the drive for an optimised, efficient healthcare estate.

The effectiveness of data collection by smart devices installed in buildings and how the combination of BIM and IoT technology can support a holistic view of the status of the buildings - which subsequently can enhance data usage efficiency and facilities management development - will be demonstrated.

Dr Melanie Robinson will draw on current projects for NHS trusts in the UK as well as looking overseas to Canada, reflecting on the use of international best practice by looking to the UK’s implementation of information management processes on its NHS estate.

Through these examples and looking at lessons learned from Smart Connected Buildings project, Melanie will look at how smart hospital systems and technologies can be utilised to derive valuable insights – such as understanding how spaces can be adapted to respond to changes in the environment and how assets can be reliably tracked, monitored, and maintained – and what impacts these could have across the healthcare estate.

You will also learn about how smart hospitals interact with the emerging digital twin concept and what the current challenges are to implementation, such as the need for significant investment into the IT infrastructure.

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Melanie Robinson


BIM Academy

Melanie is an Associate at BIM Academy, specialising in BIM and information management according to ISO 19650. She manages several projects across multiple sectors within the UK and internationally and works closely with clients to develop bespoke digital strategies for project and asset management. Her current projects include working with a large health authority in Canada and several NHS Trusts in the UK as part of the New Hospitals Programme.

Melanie’s specialisms include change management, standardisation and digital collaboration, and she acts as Regional Lead for Newcastle-upon-Tyne for Women in BIM. Melanie holds a PhD from Edinburgh Napier University, which looked into the micro-level factors to an effective macro-level diffusion of BIM, including the gap between perceived and actual efficacy of BIM understanding and skills. She is also an award-winning graduate of ENU's Architectural Technology programme, having obtained a first-class Honours degree in 2015.

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