How data can help prepare your facility for a pandemic

How data can help prepare your facility for a pandemic

Jun 1, 2020

David Keith, Director of Strategic Facility Planning, was recently featured in Contract Pharma discussing how data proves to be a powerful tool in the face of uncertainty.

By some estimates, the world will be living with COVID-19 for two more years, maybe longer. Vaccines and therapies are in trial but still months or more away, and even successful trials that lead to full production runs will take time to fully address the virus’ global reach.

This “new normal” creates fresh questions about whether the healthcare industry and academic institutions can keep up with day-to-day operations. Advanced data analytics will be a critical tool to meeting such challenges.

Data is being used to monitor and reduce the impact of the virus, and to allocate resources and anticipate needs. In short, data proves to be a powerful tool in the face of uncertainty, and it’s something facilities should leverage to guide decision-making. One application that can benefit you in the short- and long-term is to use analytics to evaluate your facility portfolio.

Examining your facility space portfolio can help the life sciences industry and academic institutions understand both current and optimal utilization of their facility assets. Irrespective of facility type, facilities are being put to new uses and companies and institutions are adapting to new working models. For example, universities are switching to distance learning, organizations are implementing new work-from-home policies. We can’t be sure which changes are temporary and which will become the new norm.

Many of these unforeseen challenges can be answered using a strategic facility planning (SFP) approach.

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