A giant step into the Internet of Things
This is where Cobalt comes in – Linde’s enhanced version of its digital Hospital IQ platform. Building on oxygen cylinder intelligence, Cobalt will also integrate medical devices in future. Fitted with sensors, medical devices will be able to communicate with Cobalt – thus propelling them into the Internet of Things. Staff can then track the location and movements of all devices, at all times. “Staff need to be sure that the equipment they need will be in the right place, at the right time,” emphasises Helmut Franz, Global Business Manager Medical Gas Packaging at Linde.
To ensure it is, Linde is now applying digitalisation innovations it developed for its own products to third-party devices. “If an idea holds real potential, we continue to develop it and look at ways of extending that non-stop momentum to other areas,” declares Franz.
Cobalt will initially be deployed in several trial scenarios from 2018 onwards. For Ward Man- ager Alexandra Stich, the system would be a huge bonus for her work. Indeed, any hospital stands to gain if staff spend a lot less time phoning and mailing to organise full oxygen cylinders or other devices for patients. Cobalt would make this time-consuming activity a thing of the past, creating a win-win for every- one involved: the hospital, the staff and – of course – the patients.
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