by: Barry J. Ewell / Honeywell
No time in recent memory has been more stressful for healthcare worldwide than right now. In today’s climate, healthcare workers on the frontline need to ensure that patient care is error-free. There have been unparallel surges for healthcare services such as diagnostic drive-thru testing facilities, specimen collection and courier services and a rise in field hospital set-ups.
While healthcare workers are busy dealing with patients, other areas in the healthcare industry are experiencing dramatic downturns. According the JAMA Forum1, since people are being asked to practice physical distancing and minimize outside activities, many individuals who would otherwise be using healthcare are now choosing to stay home.
People are postponing care that is not urgent. This includes imaging procedures, surgeries, visits to fill prescriptions, and more. Healthcare offices are still suffering from the decline in patients. Some primary care practices have reported reductions in the use of healthcare services of up to 70%.
Salaries of clinical staff are being reduced or frozen, and some staff are being furloughed. There has been an increase in unemployment insurance claims from healthcare businesses as well. Healthcare systems are struggling with developing the right approach and protocols to engage patients and make them feeling safe.2
Honeywell Healthcare Solutions
Honeywell understands the challenges that healthcare organizations are facing and the concerns of patients. In response, we have launched a comprehensive effort to quickly develop solutions that address our customer needs with device and software innovation, applying technology advances in new ways and leveraging our global partner network.
Technologies have been designed to address patient safety and heightened cleaning protocols, while maintaining a focus on employees’ productivity. Our dedication and commitment are towards helping our customers ensure healthcare recovery and reform, as critical healthcare organizations return to full capacity and operations. These solutions include:
Software to Support the Health and Safety of Clinical Workforce. Honeywell has expanded the feature set of Operational Intelligence with ability to support the needs of a clinical workforce.
Operational Intelligence software is a remote asset management platform that
enables deeper insights – from basic device usage tracking to detecting potential abuse of company assets and more – so your healthcare organization can maximize the value and longevity of your device lifecycle and keep your staff focused on patients. The features include:
- Check Out/In assigns unique devices or assets to a specific user, creating a chain of custody that provides managers device tracing data. This will provide real time visibility to each device’s location throughout the hospital, thereby eliminating the additional costs and hassle of ‘devices that go missing’.
- Device Cleaning Management gives you the ability to set-up configurable cleaning protocols for each asset. Configurations can be per person on an hourly, daily or in-between shift basis. Each cleaning event will be logged with the user, time and date for reporting. In addition, the feature can also send alerts to clean other assets and areas of the workplace.
- Remote Control and Remote Wipe give IT administrators the availability to quickly take control of a device in any location to investigate and fix issues remotely and digitally wipe devices to original factory settings, allowing IT professionals to maintain social distances.
Honeywell Smart Talk for Healthcare Communications. Honeywell Smart Talk is a true voice-enabled unified workforce communications application for healthcare organizations that tackles the problem of fragmented communications. You receive enterprise-grade security for voice calling, text and media messaging, and user presence. Smart Talk can be added to Honeywell CT40 HC Mobile Computer or to most types of mobile devices associates already carry. Device-enabled clinicians are always connected and able to access critical patient information – from bedside point of care, to the pharmacy, to alert the emergency staff and everywhere in-between. It minimizes contact as staff continue to maintain a safe distance between others, while keeping their focus on meeting shopper needs.
You enable smarter communications for the entire hospital operations team from a single mobile device. One device to manage and maintain. One device replacing the need to support and buy consumer mobile phones. With a constant and instant connection, the enabled device allows hospital staff to have the tools and information they need to deliver an exceptional patient care experience.
Honeywell Healthcare Devices with Disinfectant-ready Housing. Honeywell’s healthcare product offering includes disinfectant-ready housings (DHRs). DRHs utilize plastics designed to withstand the harshness of frequent cleaning with disinfectants and chemicals without compromising the lifespan of their equipment. Honeywell was one of the first manufacturers to introduce DRH to the healthcare market and has been providing these devices to hospitals and healthcare providers for over a decade.
In addition to the healthcare DRH devices, Honeywell has just introduced a broad range of its most popular scanners, mobile computers, and printers with disinfectant ready housings (DRHs) for general-purpose applications.
Honeywell CT40 HC Mobile Computer. The Honeywell CT40 HC Mobile Computer is designed for the healthcare professional. Now you can equip your nurses and other staff with a versatile, productivity tool that’s built for healthcare, from construction to capabilities to data security. The CT40 HC mobile computer is an all-purpose device that simplifies, streamlines, and helps error-proof healthcare delivery.
The Honeywell CT40 HC Mobile Computer is certified for the FIPS 140-2 Level 1 security requirements to protect patient data – the highest level of data security in its class. The CT40 HC is built on the Mobility Edge™ Platform, our unified mobile computing platform designed for faster IT deployments, optimized business performance, longer lifecycle and stronger security to ensure patient data is protected and secure. In an environment where every second counts, the CT40 HC Mobile Computer is designed to make nursing and other patient care workflows faster, easier and more productive.
Honeywell Offers A Full lineup of Healthcare Solutions. The key to revitalizing the healthcare industry comes down to creating an environment where patients and staff feel safer, and Honeywell is here to help. Honeywell’s healthcare solutions are utilized by hospitals and healthcare facilities worldwide. Our solutions are simple to integrate with existing IT infrastructure, shortening ramp-up times and getting critical technology in place to meet today’s demand. Honeywell offers a full lineup of healthcare solutions, including mobile computers, printers, scanners and software.