Schneider Electric has joined forces with Microsoft and Emirates Health Services (EHS) to launch EcoStruxure for Healthcare. This is a digital twin solution designed to increase healthcare operational performance and improve energy efficiency for hospitals across the UAE by up to 30%, according to estimates by Schneider Electric.
Designed to improve sustainability, efficiency, and patient care, the new platform provides detailed real-time insights on a range of metrics and will be unveiled for the first time at Arab Health 2023. Mubaraka Ibrahim, Acting Chief Information Officer for Emirates Health Services, said, “Our collaboration with Schneider Electric and Microsoft will not only enable EHS to improve patient comfort and safety, increase energy efficiency and promote sustainable health, it is also in line with the UAE’s National Strategy for Wellbeing 2031, and our vision which aims to make the UAE among the world’s leading destinations in providing the best health service in the world.”
By showcasing a proof-of-concept of the digital twin solution, Schneider Electric aims to demonstrate how a suite of new digital tools can help hospitals reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable with an estimated energy savings of up to 30%. Amel Chadli, Vice President for Digital Energy & Software, MEA, Schneider Electric stated, “We look forward to demonstrating how public-private partnerships can turbocharge healthcare innovation. Through our collaboration with EHS and Microsoft, we will showcase a new digital twin with real potential, which will boost performance and accelerate decarbonization and reduce burnout and fatigue among healthcare workers. It will provide detailed insights into how equipment and services can be run more sustainably, benefiting providers and the healthcare ecosystem.”
The digital twin works by creating a replica patient room complete with all the fixtures, fittings, and equipment. Complementing it, Schneider Electric’s Unified Operations Center will monitor operational performance in real-time with integrated performance management reports, metrics, analysis, and planning tools, catering to healthcare needs at an enterprise level.
“Digital twins technology creates digital models of real-world equipment, buildings, or even smart cities for more detailed insights into how they can be run more sustainably,” commented Tareq Hijazi, Public Sector Director, Microsoft UAE, said, “We are excited to be conceptualizing with Emirates Health Services and Schneider Electric to empower the healthcare industry in the UAE and beyond. Through this association with Schneider Electric and Emirates Health Services, we aim to better understand and analyze their carbon emissions to find more sustainable solutions going forward.”
Designed to be responsive and adaptive for people and patients, the digital twin solution can create safer and healthier healthcare facilities, improving both patient care and convenience. A 2022 report by World Government Summit in collaboration with McKinsey estimates that increased adoption of digital health technologies is expected to unlock approximately $10 billion in the Middle East and $230 billion globally over the next four years.