In a recent release, Glassbeam, a machine data analytics company, announced what it is calling the IoT Healthcare industry's first Clinical Engineering Analytics (CLEAN) blueprint. This blueprint is targeted towards leading hospital networks and Independent Service Organizations (ISOs) with the goal of allowing them to leverage machine data analytics for enhanced service management, asset utilization, and effective capital expenditure decisions.
The CLEAN blueprint is multi-modality and multi-manufacturer in scope covering key imaging modalities such as MRI and CT Scanners manufactured by leading vendors such as GE and Siemens. The blueprint is already in production at leading sites such as Novant Health analyzing machine logs and providing proactive and predictive analytics.
"As a veteran of clinical engineering programs for over 20 years, I have been eagerly waiting to see someone disrupt the status quo and step up to the plate to deliver a solution like Glassbeam," said Alan Koreneff, President, HTM Operations, and former VP, Clinical Engineering, Novant Health. "Starting with high end imaging modalities makes sense, but as more medical assets become equipped with operating systems, the opportunity for complex machine log data analysis will expand from advanced machines such as patient imaging equipment, to patient monitoring equipment and other equipment types."
The CLEAN blueprint includes 5 components: Medical modalities, Machine logs, Gateway Server (optional), Glassbeam Agent and Glassbeam Analytics. Glassbeam works closely with the IT department of the clinics and hospitals to enable each component in the architecture as well as satisfy all the requirements for documentation and compliance. The Glassbeam solution connects to imaging machines controlled via Windows or Linux based operating system and is approved on a number of modalities from GE and Siemens.
The Glassbeam agent is a small Java-based program powered by PTC ThingWorx that enables data acquisition and secure data transfer to the Glassbeam Analytics cloud. This agent can run either on the gateway server or on the cloud. The agent is configured to watch the FTP directory and periodically picks up all the dropped files, groups them by the device identifier, and securely transfers the data to the Glassbeam Analytics cloud. Compliance parameters are handled by adhering strictly to the current guidelines and polices enforced by the clinics and hospitals.
"Using Glassbeam, healthcare providers can recover over 60 percent of lost revenues each year from imaging machines such as MRI and CT Scanners by reducing machine downtime," says Puneet Pandit, Co-founder and CEO, Glassbeam. "In addition, healthcare providers can save over 25 percent in support costs by making support staff more productive with proactive and predictive analytics. These are huge benefits and Glassbeam is production ready with its CLEAN blueprint to disrupt the healthcare industry with its machine data analytics solutions."
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Edited by Ken Briodagh