Three trends that will change the future of health care

What does the future of health care look like? An increasingly connected, less centralized and more resilient infrastructure lies ahead. 

As we continue to look at the changing infrastructure of health care, we expect changes in three specific areas over the next decade. 

Trend No. 1: A more connected health care infrastructure

Today - A combination of consumers accessing health care differently and the increased adoption of technology, ranging from Internet of Things (IoT) to artificial intelligence (AI), will lead to a more connected health care infrastructure.

Healthcare IoT
IoT is used in healthcare for varying purposes by different stakeholders. 

As consumers increasingly use virtual visits, the health care industry will need to build facilities that can host tele-doctors and tele-nurses; and these facilities will need to be equipped with reliable connectivity to operate efficiently. Additionally, as consumers and the industry adopt IoT devices for tasks ranging from patient monitoring to imaging devices, there will be an increasing need to build the infrastructure supporting the technology.  

Future - IoT devices will make more tasks dependent on electrical power while improving the facilities’ productivity. Facilities will seek a higher quality electricity supply for their sensitive IoT devices and be more critically dependent on reliable power sources to stay always on.   

Opportunity – Health care companies balancing reliability and efficiency as they consume power could lead others in customer satisfaction and physician productivity. A power outage at a health care facility is already catastrophic today and it will get more damaging as the health care infrastructure gets more connected. Increased use of IoT devices in more medical tasks and facilities will make more patients vulnerable to power outages. Increasing virtual visits mean more medical staff at risk of losing productivity if the power is out. 

Trend No. 2: A less centralized health care infrastructure

Today – Two factors are driving trends towards a less centralized health care infrastructure.

First is the advancement in clinical procedures. Thanks to less invasive procedures and technologies such as robotics, procedures once needing long inpatient stays can now be outpatient procedures that are conducted in hospitals, or they can be procedures conducted in other health care facilities1. This advancement fuels the growth in urgent care clinics, medical office buildings and ambulatory facilities2.

The second factor is the various mergers and acquisitions that occur within the health care eco-system. These mergers and acquisitions result in health care companies acquiring each other’s assets including various type of facilities. When a merger and acquisition is focused on vertical integration, the resulting company ends up with more diversified facilities.

Future - We expect the health care infrastructure to feature a more diverse range of facilities and be more geographically spread out; "hub and spoke" is the term commonly used for this future growth. 

Opportunity – Companies in the health care industry can generate a competitive advantage by perfecting their capabilities in managing their diversified and geographically spread facilities.

"Mastering the facilities management in the next decade will be a key enabler of 'better care at a lower price' objective," said Wissam Balshe, Director of Systems and Controls Segment at Cummins Power Systems. "To help our partners in the industry, we are investing in the advancement of our remote monitoring capabilities. This includes everything from remote diagnostics to advanced condition-based maintenance and prognostics." 

Trend No. 3: A more resilient health care infrastructure

We too often read about health care facilities losing power and the catastrophic outcomes. Severe weather continues to be the top cause of power outages, and as changing weather patterns put increasing strain on the electricity grid, we expect there will be more focus in incorporating reliable back-up power systems in health care facilities. We will take a closer look at how increasing frequency of power outages shape the future of health care infrastructure in our upcoming "How increasing instances of severe weather events impact health care infrastructure" article. 

In summary, the decade ahead will bring out a more connected health care infrastructure with the increasing use of IoT devices and virtual visits. The evolving health care infrastructure will also feature a more diversified range of facilities that are geographically more spread out. Health care companies that master facilities management and include not only reliable but also efficient power systems in their infrastructure will lead others in consumer satisfaction and financials. 

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References: 
1 2019 Global health care outlook, Deloitte [PDF file]. (2019). Retrieved from https://www2.deloitte.com 
2 Avis E. & Morgan J. (2019). 2019 Hospital Construction Survey [Web Post]. Retrieved from https://www.hfmmagazine.com/

 

Aytek Yuksel - Cummins Inc

Aytek Yuksel

Aytek Yuksel is the Content Marketing Leader for Cummins Inc., with a focus on Power Systems markets. Aytek joined the Company in 2008. Since then, he has worked in several marketing roles and now brings you the learnings from our key markets ranging from industrial to residential markets. Aytek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two kids.

Turning flare gas waste into electricity and heat

As the global concern for gas flaring grows, oil companies will be investing in technologies that utilize the unburned fuel without harming the environment or pocketbook.
As the global concern for gas flaring grows, oil companies will be investing in technologies that utilize the unburned fuel without harming the environment or pocketbook.

While generally considered a waste byproduct, flare gas – the excess natural gas that is removed from refineries by burning it off in a gas flare – can actually be a valuable energy source when combined with lean-burn engine technology. 

As the global concern for gas flaring grows, propelled by the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative, more and more players in the oil and gas sector will be investing in technologies that utilize the unburned fuel without harming the environment or the pocketbook. 

By combusting flare gas in a highly efficient lean-burn gas generator set rather than a gas flare, emissions from flare gases are reduced while valuable byproducts such as electricity and heat are generated for use in the facility or homes and businesses nearby. 

Current regulations for gas flaring, the gas composition and advantages of utilizing flare gas through lean-burn engine technology are discussed in a new white paper written by Linda Nezerwe, a Cummins Sales Application Engineering Technical Specialist. Read the Utilizing Flare Gas To Generate Power For The Oil And Gas Sector paper and more white papers on cummins.com.
 

Adam Sidders Marketing Communications Leader Power Systems

Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. [email protected]

From Minnesota to Florida, helping a veteran's family rebuild

After sustaining devastating water and wind damage as a result of Hurricane Michael, the Patron family's home was barely livable.

In the upcoming season of "Military Makeover," Cummins employees rally together to help a Florida family rebuild their home. 

Cody Patron and her daughter, Layla, are re-building their lives, the result of Hurricane Michael severely damaging their home in October 2018. But Hurricane Michael is just the second tragedy that Cody has experienced in the last decade.The first took place eight years ago and more than 7,000 miles away.

Cody’s husband, Sergeant Daniel J. Patron, who served more than a decade in the Marine Corps, earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medals for his heroic service. On August 6, 2011, he was killed in action in Sangin Valley, Afghanistan. 

Since her husband's death, Cody has drawn on her military family to cope and adapt. With the help of a strong support system and some kind strangers, she’s trying to not let Hurricane Michael get in her way. Sometimes, however, that can be a tough one to overcome.

Cummins and "Military Makeover," a home improvement series airing on the Lifetime, recently partnered to help the Patrons overcome this latest challenge by renovating the family’s home in Panama City Beach, Florida. Cody and Layla have peace of mind in their renovated home, knowing that a Cummins QuietConnect home standby generator is there to keep their lights on and appliances running during the next power outage.

A total team effort

Bringing this peace of mind to Cody and Layla was a team effort, and we recently sat down with three team members who helped design, manufacture and install the Cummins home generator for the Patron family.

Dan Priem, of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota and an Engineering Manager at Cummins, was part of the team that designed the Cummins QuietConnect generator sets.

Cummins Military Makeover
Several Cummins employees, including those pictured here, helped design, manufacture and install the Cummins home generator at the Patron family's home in Florida. 

"It makes me proud to work for a company that supports veterans and their families, and is willing help those who have made the ultimate sacrifice," Priem said. "Partnering with Military Makeover to help Cody and Layla was a great opportunity for Cummins to demonstrate our gratitude. I’m sure the Cummins QuietConnect will bring many years of security and comfort to the Patron family."

Raam Thiyagarajan, also of Maple Grove, Minnesota and a manufacturing leader at Cummins, manages the team that assembles Cummins QuietConnect generator sets.

"At Cummins, we always focus on giving back to the community. My team and I are proud and honored to hear that one of our products is keeping the Patron family safe, secure and comfortable regardless of the weather outside," said Thiyagarajan. "As always, we will continue to support our communities and customers by producing the best products." 

Jonny Miller, owner of Cummins-authorized dealer Ronco Generators in Destin, Florida, led a team that helped install the Patron’s new Cummins generator.

"We are pleased to have been a part of this special project," Miller added. "After suffering back-to-back tragedies, the Patron family will have confidence knowing they have a Cummins back-up generator to power their home and lives in the event of another power outage." 

If you are interested in learning more about Cody and Layla’s experience with "Military Makeover" and their Cummins QuietConnect generator, follow us on Facebook or watch the upcoming episodes featuring the Patron family’s journey starting Friday, August 30 at 7:30 a.m. ET on Lifetime.

If, like the Patrons, your family lives in an area susceptible to severe weather and power outages, use our online generator size calculator to understand how much power your family needs. 
 

Aytek Yuksel - Cummins Inc

Aytek Yuksel

Aytek Yuksel is the Content Marketing Leader for Cummins Inc., with a focus on Power Systems markets. Aytek joined the Company in 2008. Since then, he has worked in several marketing roles and now brings you the learnings from our key markets ranging from industrial to residential markets. Aytek lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two kids.

JCI-accredited Shifa International Hospital sets industry benchmark for power reliability

Faced with synchronization and startup issues from another generator brand, the world-class healthcare facility turned to Cummins for complete reliability.
Faced with synchronization and startup issues from another generator brand, the world-class healthcare facility turned to Cummins for complete reliability.

For 25 years, Shifa International Hospital Limited (Islamabad) has established itself as a premier healthcare institution. The 550-bed tertiary care hospital where four transplants (liver, kidney, bone marrow and cornea) and five Centers of Excellence take place under one roof makes it unique in the region. It is the second hospital in Pakistan to be accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI).

Being a top-notch, world-class healthcare facility requires the latest power technology. With an existing 1,250 kVA Cummins generator in their powerhouse, in 2016, the customer ordered a 2 MW supplemental unit from another generator manufacturer. Later on, the unit faced synchronization and startup issues. That’s when the customer approached Cummins. A pair of Cummins C1400D5 units installed by authorized Cummins distributor Orient Energy Systems (OES) provide an additional 2 MW (2,500 kVA). But the hospital’s objective went beyond backup electrical supply. They turned to Cummins for complete reliability, technical support and less inventory maintenance.

Cummins is the only single-source provider of integrated power solutions. A Cummins power system delivers the assurance of single-source, full life cycle accountability and fail-safe performance – crucial factors for customers who must protect key operations from costly or life-threatening power outages.

“After Shifa International's JCI accreditation, more hospitals in the healthcare sector have arose the demand of backup power supply. This will drastically improve the power reliability and increase the quality in the services in the tertiary healthcare sector of Pakistan,” said Farhan Tahir Ikram, OES Deputy Project Sales Manager.

Cummins high-horsepower power systems are designed with specific features to meet the life protection, safety, mission-critical, environmental and independent power generation requirements of customers across many markets. Backup, synchronization and load sharing is of utmost importance, Ikram explained, and that is a benefit offered by Cummins, especially in this rating.

Support provided by the OES team included:

  • Integration of new Cummins 2 x C1400D5 generator sets in the existing ecosystem of diesel units, gas units and utilities
  • Design and understanding of complex operation philosophy of backup power units, including recommendations to the customer to better optimize the system by analyzing all the switchgear installed
  • Project completion time of 16 weeks, including installation and commissioning of complete system.

For more information on power solutions for healthcare, visit cummins.com.
 

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha supports marketing, communications and event management for Africa and Middle East regions. Prior to joining Cummins in 2011, she gained industry experience working in the event management field. [email protected] 

Bundu Khan restaurant and bakery expands with Cummins standby power

The Cummins power systems at the bakeries provide 55 kVA of power to back up the main utility.
The Cummins power systems at the bakeries provide 55 kVA of power to back up the main utility.

Bundu Khan is an old venture in the Pakistani food industry that has become a household brand for barbeque cuisine. As a sole proprietor with its first bakery opening on Mall Road in Lahore in 1991, today Bundu Khan operates bakeries and restaurants in Lahore, Multan and now in Murree. 

Bundu KhanCummins was selected as the backup power provider for Bundu Khan several years ago for the main office building. The customer recently added Cummins generators to the production plant and at each of the 11 branch locations. Authorized Cummins distributor Orient Energy Systems installed each of the units, comprising one Cummins C140D5, two C66D5 and 11 C55D5 generator sets. The power systems at the bakeries provide 55 kVA of power to back up the main utility. Tailor-made enclosures provide sound levels of 85 dBA at 1 meter.

OES was instrumental in providing exceptional service, often with short delivery lead times. While the customer plans to open a certain number of branches annually, unexpected delays in the planning phases can mean tight delivery deadlines to be ready for shop openings, which are also coordinated with annual festivals, explained OES Sales Manager Muzaffar Iqbal. To meet delivery lead times, OES is equipped with a stocking plan to meet the customer’s unexpected needs as well.

“The customer has many options for backup power generation available in the local market, but due to OES’ and Cummins’ brand reputation for customer service, he is inclined toward Cummins,” Iqbal said. “OES always strives for the best possible services and backup support.”

For more information on standby power systems for commercial and business applications, visit cummins.com
 

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha supports marketing, communications and event management for Africa and Middle East regions. Prior to joining Cummins in 2011, she gained industry experience working in the event management field. [email protected] 

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