Hospitals need blockchain for supply chain automation
“A supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organizations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product, from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to its eventual delivery to the end user.”
At hospitals though, the customers aren’t really customers but patients and the sales people aren’t really sales people but doctors and nurses. The real product everybody wants at a hospital or clinic is their own improved health, a satisfying experience and affordable pricing.
An injured patient in a hospital emergency room or a sick child at their local urgent care clinic isn’t thinking about a doctor or nurses shift cycles or lack of sleep or preferences in the equipment and drugs all around them. A child might think some cutting edge new lamp is cool, but if it’s not a satisfying experience or the hospital staff weren’t friendly, it’ won’t matter.
How can all these inventory and resource challenges make a difference in health outcomes, patient experiences and healthcare costs.
Hospitals don’t operate like Walmart or Amazon or Nike. Supply and demand means something entirely different. And the changing expectations and outside mobile influences of patients as consumers doesn’t always sit well with a highly regulated industry like healthcare.
Supply chain management, inventory management, medical device asset management has become a key security issue, optimization and efficiency issue, and a cost problem for hospitals.
Reimbursements and Costs
Supply chain management costs consistently rank as some of the largest expenses for healthcare and hospital systems. A recent survey of healthcare executives and administrators in the USA revealed that productivity improvements and healthcare supply chain cost reductions are their top priorities. Value-based reimbursement models are being implemented by many hospitals because of the Affordable Care Act built-in incentives for healthcare providers to coordinate patient care with a “pay-for-value” model, based on performance and results, rather than the traditional “pay-for-service,” where the cost of care was often paid upfront.
Many hospitals and healthcare leaders are looking at how they can provide an improved patient experience while reigning in costs.
And with this, many healthcare leaders are looking to the healthcare supply chain as one of the biggest areas for savings opportunities . Integrating blockchain for supply chain automation can help alleviate some security pressures, audit trail regulations, and ensure things like total landed supply costs—the total cost of getting a product from manufacturer to the hospital or physician’s office.
This is no easy task and a lot of “i trust this person but I don’t” makes this a perfect use case for blockchain. Supply chains go beyond the initial purchase price and include things like logistics costs, duty fees, taxes, insurance, and other fees.
A more holistic and end-to-end secure approach to the healthcare supply chain is not only about improving efficiency and reducing costs to the hospitals and healthcare systems, but about providing better healthcare in the least lead time and at lower costs to the patient.
Efficient & Secure Data Integration, Automation and Analytics
Integrating, aggregating , transforming, automating and and analyzing data along the supply chain trail can provide better indicators of product need, cost optimization strategies and helping to reduce waste, stabilize inventory and, ultimately, bring costs down.
Tracking and securing smart medical devices with IoT sensors mean technologies like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems integrated with AI and blockchain, can help automate the entire supply chain process.
Better data analysis that’s secure and automated data ensures improved efficiency levels, maximizing inventory costs and utilization, all of which can help reduce costs, an automated, technology-based supply chain can help improve patient outcomes by supporting a higher level of patient care.
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Imagine if CCTV cameras could identify problems happening on site as they happen
Construction is the sixth deadliest occupation in the United States. This statistic may not surprise you, yet we seem to be ignoring safety.
Well it turns out that artificial intelligence can reduce workplace injuries by as much as 50%. In fact, AI has been shown to significantly reduce workplace injuries and fatalities in construction sites around the world.
Here are 3 ways artificial intelligence revolutionizes safety:
1) Monitoring dangerous situations and potential risks with AI & Computer Vision analytics
Automatically process billions of variables and dependencies to serve up precise answers in a digital twin like simulated intelligence platform.
2) Tracking dangerous tools & power tool maintenance lifecycles
The sensors and edge computing track how often workers use potentially risky tools like power saws or jackhammers, providing a window into their patterns of behavior and suggesting possible new strategies for preventing accidents and fatalities.
3) Automated visual inspections
Helps scheduling & automating inspections and identifying which areas need repairs first by utilizing smart phones, edge AI devices, exit CCTV systems & drones.
Computer vision & AI have shown to significantly reduce workplace fatalities around construction sites all over the world! Computer vision makes sure your tools are safe at home before they’re brought on site; AI powered autonomous vehicles monitor traffic conditions so unsafe routes don’t needlessly injure or kill anyone; automated hiring systems help keep our workforces diverse while also reducing bias.
Construction sites are dangerous places. It’s not uncommon for workers to be injured or killed on the job and that puts a huge burden on construction companies’ bottom lines as well as society at large. Fortunately, computer vision has proven itself capable of significantly reducing workplace fatalities by making sure all tools are safe before they’re brought onto site, AI powered autonomous vehicles monitor traffic conditions so unsafe routes don’t needlessly injure anyone and automated hiring systems help keep our workforces diverse.
If you have any questions about how safety & security measures can benefit your company in the long-term please feel free to reach out! We would love to hear from you if this is an area where we can offer assistance.
Ports, harbors & marinas can often pose hazardous risks due to murky and dark water conditions, which in turn makes it difficult for divers to perform biosecurity inspections.
The Ookeani – Luure underwater surveillance platform utilizes remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) is to improve safety and security for underwater surveillance inspections and capabilities.
Hazardous Risk to Divers and inspectors
One of Pagarba’s clients handles high risk diving and inspection situations and locations, where there is a high volume of departures and arrivals from domestic and international vessels. One of the clients maritime responsibilities is to manage the safety, security & risk factors due to marine pest invasion.
Many times the underwater locations like this can be dark, murky, and filled with kelp and seaweed and other debris so as to present very low visibility for the professional divers inspecting that area.
And when there are a high number of large and small vessels coming in and out of these ports and marinas, and the occasional visit from large predators like whales, sea lions, and sharks, these divers are at even higher risk and sometimes dangerous situations.
Underwater visual inspections powered by the computer vision & AI Ookeani-luure platform with the blueye robotics ROV
When a buffet of risks and dangers face humans during underwater inspections, Pagarba’s Maritime client needed a system and solution to complete tasks without this stress and worry. There is also future savings on high risk insurance liability costs. That’s why they turned to Pagarba Solutions to improve their visual inspections and underwater surveillance video analysis using the Ookeani-luure AI powered blueye robotics ROV.
This underwater ocean surveillance intelligence ROV platform has allowed them to perform far more in depth and detailed automated search and analysis visual inspections, detections, checks & precision predictions for invasive pests by using its computer vision and video intelligence capabilities. The team can discover, review, analyze and predict underwater challenges from their mobile app or tablet on the surface and ensure the safety and security of the professional divers. They can even run simultaneous inspections with multiple ROVs.
Not only are ROVs becoming more frequently used for these types of inspections, but Pagarba and some of their clients are researching and experimenting with autonomous underwater ROVs and discovering new ways to automate , analyze and optimize the use of a variety of different ROVs. Call it the Intelligent ROV surveillance platform for biosecurity and compliance with computer vision, AI powered video search and analysis – including survey designs and identification of specimens found in ports, harbors and marinas.
Learn more about how Pagarba Solutions can help you inspect and analyze your next underwater project by contacting us today and head to our website for more epic underwater details and footage.