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August 31, 2022

In today’s fast-paced healthcare environment, achieving operational efficiency and performance is critical for a positive patient experience and a compliant organization. Clinical engineering departments must be able to implement solutions that provide real-time visibility into equipment performance and infrastructure so they can proactively detect issues before impacting patient care. This is known as “Intelligent Monitoring” or “Intelligent Operational Analytics” (IOA). As clinical engineers continue to adopt new technology to improve the patient experience, organizations need an intelligent monitoring solution that is both cost-effective and simple to deploy. To help you identify the right solution for your needs, we have compiled a list of the benefits of intelligent monitoring in clinical engineering, examples of successful implementations, and considerations when choosing an IOA solution.

What is Real-time Monitoring?

Real-time monitoring provides visibility into all aspects of your medical devices and infrastructure. It is a powerful tool that enables clinical engineers to capture and analyze data in real-time and make informed decisions. In other words, it is the ability to collect and analyze data in real-time, using automated technologies that have been designed specifically for clinical engineering.

By using an Intelligent Operational Analytics solution, clinical engineers can receive event-based alerts when a device is not functioning properly. This gives them the ability to take immediate action to resolve the issue and prevent it from impacting patient care. Real-time monitoring can also help clinical engineers improve their operational efficiency and reduce the risk of regulatory noncompliance. For example, by implementing real-time monitoring to monitor the performance of clinical engineering assets, you can identify issues and make improvements before they become problematic.

MRI equipment in use whilst monitored by the clinical engineering team

Benefits of Real-time Monitoring in Clinical Engineering

Real-time monitoring enables clinical engineers to detect issues and make informed decisions before they impact patient care. It offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Faster identification of device and infrastructure issues
  • Improved operational efficiency
  • Reduced risk of regulatory noncompliance
  • Reduction in energy usage
  • Improved patient experience and satisfaction
  • Reduced overall costs

Examples of Successful Real-time Monitoring Implementations

We recently spoke with clinical engineers about their real-time monitoring implementations. A large healthcare system reported that their outdated monitoring solution was not only impacting their compliance but was also contributing to a high percentage of unscheduled maintenance. After implementing a new real-time monitoring solution, their percentage of unscheduled maintenance has decreased dramatically.

MRI scan undergoing maintenance

Key Considerations When Choosing an Intelligent Monitor Solution

When assessing the benefits of real-time monitoring for your clinical engineering department, there are several key considerations to ponder.

  • Downtime costs vs Maintenance costs
  • SLA contracts and governance
  • Device compatibility
  • Ability to manage multiple brands
  • Legacy equipment
  • Scheduling sync
  • Scalability
  • Integration
  • Customer support
  • Data visualization


As clinical engineers continue to adopt technology to improve the patient experience, it is critical that they have real-time visibility into the performance of their clinical devices and infrastructure. Real-time monitoring is a powerful tool that enables clinical engineers to detect issues and make informed decisions before they impact patient care. However, the adoption of real-time monitoring does not come without challenges. Clinical engineers need to be aware of the benefits of real-time monitoring and be prepared to address the considerations when choosing an intelligent monitoring solution.

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