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Digital Twin – Paving the way for a smarter hospital

Pavneet_Girn
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Digital Twin – Paving the way for a smarter hospital

 

Hospitals, clinical and facility operations in the current environment are operating under multiple constraints – an aging workforce, increasing regulatory requirements and tighter margins. To ensure they maintain profitability, operational efficiency and patient comfort, healthcare providers are needing to maximise their return on the investment of the assets - in real time across CapEx to OpEx cycles.

 

A way forward is adopting technologies including cloud, predictive analytics and mobility, as well as the concept of the digital twin. The industry is buzzing right now about the digital twin, with it being recognized to potentially transform asset design, construction, operations and maintenance. The digital twin now presents the opportunity to create a real time health system for a hospital, therefore putting the information at the fingertips of the right people, at the right time.

 

This webinar is presented by:
Ras Jayawickrama – Channel Business Manager (Moderator), Schneider Electric
Daniel Garcia – Solution Architect, Schneider Electric
Roneel Singh – Technology Systems Technical Director, WSP

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Pavneet_Girn
Ensign

Question from LIVE webinar:

 

Q: Do you have examples of Australian hospitals built on this concept?

 

A: Although we are not aware of any Australian hospitals implementing a full concept of Digital Twin across both Clinical and Facility Systems, there are some examples of hospitals where a partial implementation has taken place. Some examples are Perth Children’s Hospital and new Royal Adelaide Hospitals, where data management platforms have been implemented across all facility systems and certain level of functionality integration between facility and clinical systems exists.

Pavneet_Girn
Ensign

Question from LIVE webinar:

 

Q: Is there a single piece of software at the heart of the digital twin or is it a conceptual design and an integration between systems?

 

A: The heart of the Digital Twin is its Graph database where all the assets, people and processes together with all the relationships between them are modelled through the implementation of ThoughtWire and standard semantic ontologies (HL7 FHIR OWL, BRICK, HayStack, etc.)

Pavneet_Girn
Ensign

Question from LIVE webinar: 

 

Q: Can the digital twin run all the way down to work out supply chain? eg: PPE, ventilators, power, water etc.

 

A: The Digital Twin allows for the modelling (hosting and processing) of any type of asset or process; therefore, any hospital system could be part of the platform as long as those assets (PPE, ventilators, etc.) are implemented in the model and linked to the other existing models. To enable a complete integration to occur ensuring that the individual sub-systems are design in a manner to allow integration to the Digital Twin. For consumables the implementation of a RTLS and Assessment Management solutions could enhance vertical and horizontal supply chain integration.

Pavneet_Girn
Ensign

Question from LIVE webinar:

 

Q: Is this a cloud solution or on prem?­

 

A: Both, although due to the amount of data being processes, the requirements around running machine learning (and other) algorithms as well as the benefits around high availability and resilience of the infrastructure, a cloud deployment (SaaS model) is recommended.

Pavneet_Girn
Ensign

Question from LIVE webinar:

 

Q: ­Excellent food for thought from Roneel. Health providers should consider the long term investment and OpEx efficiencies when allocating the CapEx.  How do we get people to see the long game at this time where Covid 19 is the number one concern?­

 

A: Designers will need to work closely with the Healthcare Stakeholders (Medical & Engineering Teams) to identify design decisions that have direct impact to operational costs early in the planning phase. This may be from lessons learned or data that is available from existing systems. Design should not commence without this investigative work and information at hand.  This will allow for any alternatives that are proposed purely to reduce capital cost to be assessed holistically.

Pavneet_Girn
Ensign

Question from LIVE webinar:

 

Q: At a very high level, can the digital twin platform be segregated to suit different end users i.e. nursing, security, FM? i.e. split into different individual modules at micro level?­

 

A: The Digital Twin consist of a series of core modules (graph database where models are hosted, complex event processing module, reasoning engine, etc) as well as other add-ons or plugins providing specific functionality. Therefore, any functionality linked to specific user roles (security, FM, nurses) or functional silos (transportation, nurse staff operational efficiency, sustainability, power infrastructure resilience, etc) can be implemented separately (or segregated) together with the core services and smaller modules.

Pavneet_Girn
Ensign

Question from LIVE webinar:

 

Q: New hospitals are installing integrated messaging engines, is this similar to the functionality of a digital twin?­

 

A: The Digital Twin is a much wider model/platform/concept when compared to Integrated Messaging Engines (IME), being that functionality only a specific module or component of the Digital Twin. Therefore, it is possible to deploy a Digital Twin to provide the functionality of an IME but not vice versa.