What do smart munitions and RFID chips have in common?
Both the smart missile and the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification – an automated electronic merchandise tracking system) are robotically minded products from GE. RFID’s can also be imbedded in humans.
The following article caught my eye because the language resonates with how the company of the Military Industrial Complex advertises its, so-called, smart weapons. During a choreographed broadcast touting its accuracy, one is lead to imagine a laser guided missile hurtling down crowded streets, through busy market places only to stop at a door, turn the latch, enter, look around to see who’s there and with pin-point accuracy, EXPLODE, killing only those suspicious folks the ‘Free-Racketeers’ abhor.
The article states:
Imagine an intelligent system managing the surgical tool sterilization process in a hospital – ensuring safe delivery of care, enabling new levels of hospital efficiency, and delivering with surgical accuracy all of the medical devices doctors need to perform life-saving procedures. At GE Global Research, the technology development arm for the General Electric Co., scientists envision such a future and will soon begin a groundbreaking project designed to leverage the power of the Industrial Internet to transform the way hospitals manage and track their thousands of surgical tools.
The next statement is revealing in that it hints at what the automated market place thinks about real people:
Working with GE Healthcare and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), Global Research scientists will develop a prototype system capable of locating, sorting, delivering, and sterilizing surgical tools with little oversight…
“At GE, we’re uniquely positioned to construct a smart solution that can make operating rooms run more efficiently, save millions of dollars in healthcare costs and lead to better patient outcomes.”
Having an intelligent automated solution handle the labor-intensive asset management tasks has the added benefit of freeing-up hospital personnel, who are in many cases already stretched thin. Staff could be retrained and re-deployed to perform more patient-focused jobs.
Already stretched thin, and more can be redeployed out the door. Now here comes the bottom-line, and exposes the empty mechanics of a corporate driven heart:
“According to experts in the field, the surgical operation and recovery setting is considered the fastest growing and most resource intensive section of the hospital, accounting for approximately 30% to 50% of a hospital’s budget,” DeRose notes. “Simply put, the operating theater is the single largest contributor to a facility’s bottom line. Any gains in efficiency that lead to more revenue being generated will be felt in a big way.”
Every recovery room will have a view of the golf course, but turnover is so quick you’ll hardly get to see a thing, but what you didn’t see will be felt in a big way. What’s in your wallet?