Smart Hospital Technology: How a Major US Hospital Network Achieved $2.7 Million in Annual Savings


In today’s ever-evolving healthcare landscape, hospital facilities are constantly seeking innovative solutions to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. One remarkable case study that showcases the transformative power of smart healthcare property technology is the partnership between a major US hospital network and Intuitive MB. Let’s explore how this collaboration led to significant energy and maintenance savings across a network of eight sites spanning four states.

The Challenge: Access Better Analytics and Use Vast Amounts of Data More Effectively

The hospital network faced a common challenge that many large organizations encounter – disparate building automation systems. Each facility had its own vertical view of information, forcing staff to log into three separate system platforms to monitor and manage operations. This fragmented approach not only hindered efficiency but also limited their ability to access better analytics and use vast amounts of data more effectively.

Scope of Connected Equipment:

  • Facilities: The network included 6 hospitals, 1 medical warehouse, and 1 medical lab, each with its unique set of equipment and requirements.
  • Building Automation Systems: The challenge was compounded by the presence of three different building automation systems across these facilities, each with its own complexities and data structures.
  • Connection Points: Managing this vast network of facilities and systems required handling 48,993 total connection points, a monumental task.
  • Real-time Energy Metering Sensors: To gather accurate data, the network relied on over 800 real-time energy metering sensors spread across the facilities. These sensors played a crucial role in understanding energy consumption patterns and identifying opportunities for improvement.

The Solution – Intuitive MB’s Smart Hospital Technology:

Recognizing the need for a unified solution that could not only consolidate data but also provide advanced analytics capabilities, the hospital network turned to Intuitive MB’s smart healthcare property technology. This innovative platform offered the following key features:

  1. Integration: Intuitive MB seamlessly integrated with a variety of systems, including smart meters, sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, legacy data, and third-party applications. This capability allowed the hospital network to consolidate data from multiple sources into a single, user-friendly interface.
  2. Holistic Data Analysis: With Intuitive MB, the hospital network could capture and analyze data in a holistic and customizable way. This approach provided valuable insights that were previously difficult to obtain due to the fragmented nature of their systems.

The Results:

By the end of Q1 2023, the hospital network had achieved remarkable results:

  • Operational Efficiency: The hospital network was able to optimize assets across all eight sites, leading to substantial operational efficiency improvements.
  • Cost Savings: The implementation of Intuitive MB’s technology resulted in $2.7 million in annual cost savings opportunities, a significant financial benefit for the organization.
  • Energy Reduction: The hospital network achieved an annual energy reduction of 23.6 million kWh, equivalent to a reduction of 18.4 thousand tons of CO2 emissions. This not only lowered their environmental impact but also reduced energy expenses.

A key element of this success story is the testimonial from a health system representative who experienced the positive impact firsthand:

“As a big organization, we have a variety of building automation systems, each with their own vertical view of their information. Having to log into three separate system platforms to see what’s happening across the enterprise is not very effective. We wanted an agnostic application that could bring all this information into one view so we could compare our facilities. Intuitive MB was able to do that. It’s a full tech solution that integrates with IoT devices, legacy data, and third-party apps. We chose to partner with Intuitive MB because they could help us move toward a holistic way of capturing and analyzing our data in a customizable way.”

We invite you to learn more by reading our comprehensive white paper and discover how your organization can harness the power of smart technology to drive operational efficiency, reduce costs, and make a positive impact on the environment.

For more information about this transformative technology, explore Intuitive MB’s website. To understand its integration with RTG’s services, reach out to Senior Vice President Hank Carr.