With the rise of telemedicine as a direct effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the application of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) in the health sector has become even more relevant than before, according to Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions.
Vertiv defines IoMT “as a combination of medical devices and applications that can connect to healthcare information technology (IT) systems using networking technologies. These digital tools enable setups, such as telemedicine, for instance, as they allow the transfer of medical data over a secure network.”
As the healthcare sector is burdened with the number of patients, no health institution can afford any power disruption. COVID-19 patients rely heavily on ventilators to help them breathe.
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According to Vertiv, some healthcare institutions have also been deploying IoMT and other technologies that improve hospital design and sanitation, such as employing devices that emit germ-killing UV light, thermal scanners, and even apps for contact tracing.
“By using these new technologies, capturing medical data is now made easier,” said Pamela Albar, head of Channels, Vertiv Philippines. “It also benefits the patients, healthcare providers, and even the entire healthcare systems as it makes for accurate and contactless diagnosis, and, of course, improved efficiency, security, and regulatory compliances.”
The healthcare sector no longer just involves healthcare workers but with the emergence of the IoMT, IT managers now play a crucial role in ensuring that all machines work properly and any disruption could mean life and death.
“IT managers in the healthcare sector must ensure a reliable power supply,” Albar said. “For healthcare facilities, quality power for all the components of the entire healthcare ecosystem is their first line of defense against disruptions in critical healthcare operations, may it be COVID-19-related or not. After all, their labs, diagnostic equipment, and even their computer rooms and data centers need quality uninterrupted power to run smoothly and efficiently.”
Vertiv offers several innovations of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) suitable to the specific needs of today’s hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and testing facilities.
Vertiv’s online double-conversion UPS offerings can help protect hospitals against the full range of power disturbances. They can also support mission-critical applications, particularly in implementing power system redundancy to reduce single points of failure, enable future growth and increase operating flexibility.
Vertiv’s Liebert EXM2 mid-sized UPS can provide all these benefits as it offers maximum efficiency with up to 98.8% rating in dynamic online mode and 97% in double conversion mode. It is also compatible with lithium-ion battery configurations and adapts to two-wire DC bus connection settings. The Liebert EXM2 can be deployed in an in-row room or against the wall configuration, saving space in the facility.
Vertiv also has other full-featured and cost-effective power solutions that can support healthcare facilities in ensuring reliable power supply to improve all their systems’ reliability and efficiency, sustaining critical services for patients and healthcare workers. The company also brings together cutting-edge solutions to ensure uninterrupted operations and optimal performance and the scalability of data centers, communication networks, and other critical IT facilities.