71% of healthcare providers do not have energy backup or standby capability
How new energy strategies can protect critical health services and patient care
When you consider the potential impact of a power outage at a hospital, it’s clear that few sectors rely on the continuity of their energy supply quite as critically as healthcare. So it’s alarming that as few as 29% of healthcare providers have comprehensive continuity plans in place, and backup generation or standby power, at all or most of their sites.1
Alarming but perhaps not surprising, given the lack of available budget and conflicting priorities that so often restrict spending. Yet today’s unprecedented pressure on NHS finances means that no part of the service can afford to absorb the costs of lost output. Any downtime – especially if it results in wasted resources – can increase costs, decrease productivity and derail the ability to meet performance targets. More importantly, cancelled procedures or failures of vital equipment have a serious impact on patient care and staff satisfaction.
With 46% of healthcare respondents in recent research by Centrica Business Solutions stating that their organisation had suffered an interruption of energy supply due to external factors in the last 12 months, and 77% agreeing that the cost of being energy resilient is far less than the impact of an energy failure2 the need for action is clear.
We believe that new developments in energy technology now make it easier and more affordable than ever for healthcare providers to ensure you have the robust energy strategy you need.
Understanding your vulnerabilities
In the research by Centrica Business Solutions, 30% of healthcare respondents stated that “ensuring uninterrupted operation of critical healthcare/care facilities” is one of the biggest challenges facing their organisation in the next 12 months.3 So how can you overcome these challenges?
First, you need to understand your vulnerabilities. Exposure to power outages is clearly one. But even with an operational supply, if the quality is variable due to poorly functioning energy systems, it can damage sensitive medical equipment and shorten the life of expensive assets.
Plus, outdated energy systems are not just increasingly prone to failure, but also pose the risk of compliance breaches.
Finally, there are the risks that arise from lack of routine maintenance (caused by restricted budgets, staff shortages and skills gaps).
New energy solutions that improve resilience
New energy technologies and approaches to managing energy now enable you to take ownership of your energy supply, balancing the grid supply with on-site generation to significantly improve your operational resilience.
On-site energy production options include combined heat and power (CHP) systems, backup generators and renewables such as solar. While today’s high-powered lithium-ion battery storage systems provide sufficient energy to power buildings for an extended period in the event of a supply failure.
1Energy Advantage Research, Centrica Business Solutions. Statistics based on a six country survey of more than 1,000 energy decision-makers in large organisations, 2Energy Advantage Research, Centrica Business Solutions. Statistics based on a six country survey of more than 1,000 energy decision-makers in large organisations, 3Energy Advantage Research, Centrica Business Solutions. Statistics based on a six country survey of more than 1,000 energy decision-makers in large organisations