Goods and devices management B article on Reference Use Case B

In the rapidly advancing world of healthcare, efficient management of goods and devices plays a crucial role in delivering quality patient care. The ODIN project, with its innovative reference use cases (RUCs), aims to transform hospital logistics, clinical engineering, and medical device management. RUC B, the second of the three RUCs, focuses on improving the design, programming, and execution of these critical aspects by leveraging ODIN technology. The sub-RUCs of RUC B and the solutions being developed to revolutionize healthcare operations.

RUC B1: Aided Logistic Support

One of the key challenges in hospitals is the procurement, storage, and distribution of various commodities. RUC B1 addresses this challenge by conceptualizing the use case of aided logistic support. As part of this solution, the ODIN project introduces HOSBOT, an autonomous mobile robot designed to automate logistics and transportation within hospitals. HOSBOT will streamline the movement of goods, ensuring efficient and timely delivery to different departments and units within the hospital.

RUC B2: Clinical Engineering, MD Locations, Real-time Management

The effective management of medical devices is vital for the smooth functioning of healthcare facilities. RUC B2 aims to optimize medical device management through ODIN technology. To achieve this, the project introduces the SmartBox, an innovative solution based on the HOSBOT architecture. The SmartBox is equipped with specific functionalities tailored to meet the unique needs of medical device management. It incorporates RFID object recognition, allowing seamless tracking and monitoring of medical devices. The SmartBox prototype includes RFID antennas for object recognition, a battery for electrical autonomy, a locking system to prevent unauthorized removal, real-time location services (RTLS) for accurate positioning, IoT connectivity, and direct integration with the ODIN platform.

Empowering Data-Driven Decisions:

The overarching objective of RUC B solutions is to maximize data-driven decisions and evidence-based management of hospital processes. By leveraging ODIN technology, hospitals can enhance several areas of operation, including planning, procurement, storage, delivery, installation, training, cleaning, management, maintenance, and decommissioning. The utilization of ODIN’s semantic ontology enables the creation of a «digital twin» of the hospital, providing a comprehensive representation of the facility’s physical and operational aspects.

Expanding Technological Integration:

To achieve optimal results, RUC B solutions integrate various cutting-edge technologies. Computer-aided facilities management systems serve as invaluable tools for streamlining processes, from initial planning to the final decommissioning of medical devices. Extended reality technologies, such as simulations and holopresence, enable effective planning, maintenance support, and training. The Internet of Things (IoT) contributes by providing real-time data inputs for AI algorithms, enabling smarter decision-making. Furthermore, the inclusion of artificial intelligence and robotics offers additional efficiency and automation, revolutionizing hospital operations.

The ODIN project’s RUC B, focused on goods and devices management, is set to revolutionize hospital logistics, clinical engineering, and medical device management. Through innovative solutions like HOSBOT and the SmartBox, ODIN technology empowers hospitals to maximize efficiency, make data-driven decisions, and optimize patient care. By leveraging advanced technologies such as computer-aided facilities management, extended reality, IoT, artificial intelligence, and robotics, healthcare facilities can embrace a new era of streamlined operations. With ODIN as a catalyst for change, hospitals can enhance their processes, improve disaster preparedness, and provide higher standards of care for patients worldwide.