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the community well, keeping lower acuity ambulatory care in the
community and having the highest-level pediatric care at the new
hospital. We've completely aligned both projects with the mission
of the university, and the community has been bold enough to
deeply engage in them so we can deliver the best model of pediatric care."
nology: pushing platforms to think more broadly. The construction
team has been great about engaging vendors.
"This technology will advance beyond what we can currently
imagine," he adds. "Healthcare practitioners go into this career
because they love helping people, and technology can either be
a barrier to that interaction or it can facilitate it. We are aiming to
make sure it facilitates interaction."
One 'Digital Rectangle'
As is typical for a structure being built in this day and age, technology is playing an important role in the construction of the MUSC
Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital, as well as its infrastructure. It
has been key to the project team, however, not to try to predict what
IT capabilities would be important in the future. Instead, the team
decided to create infrastructure that would allow the hospital to
adapt over time.
"We really chose technology within our guardrails and guiding
principles: that the patients and their families are part of the care
team," Scheurer says.
He stresses it was of major importance that only one "digital rectangle" would be in each patient room. MUSC's goal is to minimize
"computers on carts" in patient rooms, Scheurer says.
"Screens are populating our healthcare facilities, and they are creating barriers between the patients and care teams," he explains. "We
see it all the time and said no, we will not do that. We are pushing
technology so there is a large, single digital rectangle in the room
that will provide information for the care team, entertainment for
the patient and can tell the patients and their families where they
are in their medical journey. The technology will allow us to channel
in the grandmother who is at home or allow the specialty provider at
an ambulatory campus to be part of the team."
In the construction of the new hospital, technology was utilized
extensively from the inception of design and throughout the construction process. The architectural and engineering team used BIM
software to design the building, which was taken over by the construction teams for the design of all utility systems above ceilings, in
the walls and underground.
This was further enhanced through the use of GPS to ensure
pin-point accurate installation and allowed the teams to ensure
quality and maintenance of access to systems. BIM also was used
extensively by the construction teams to prefabricate many of
the above-ceiling utilities and entire equipment rooms off-site in
climate-controlled conditions and that were then installed in the
building. This allows the construction teams to maintain quality
and consistency throughout many of the construction activities.
All of this will result in a building that will provide a safe, clean and
comfortable environment for patient care.
"The underlying goal is for the new hospital to function from a technical standpoint as a hospital of the future," says Brett Seyfried, associate CIO of infrastructure. "We're using Apple products throughout
and we have a real-time location system to track patients, supplies
and staff members. With that information, we can automate a lot of
other things as well, and the digital rectangle can switch seamlessly
between functions. We had to integrate a lot of technology to meet
these technological goals."
MUSC is working with Johnson Controls to integrate technology
from all of the different vendors who have never integrated together
before, Seyfried says. The real-time location system and lighting
design are core aspects of the integrated technology, but all of the
different systems are being integrated into the architecture of the
Get Well Network, which is a patient engagement solution. Seyfried's
team has been in charge of getting almost 20 different software
vendors to integrate and work together in the MUSC system.
"We are driving the integration of technology to create more oneon-one contact between the care team and the patients," Scheurer
says. "These technologies aren't novel or new - they are integrated in
other businesses, but few have been pushing them into the patient
experience in healthcare. All of this is achievable with current tech-
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