15th October,2017

Future of healthcare and hospital design

High-tech health care of the future will ‘bring the healing to the patients’ with virtual and remote diagnostic/monitoring services delivering added value to patient care. Welcome to the next generation healthcare startup-MeMe.care

Hospitals of the future may look nothing like the hospitals of today and those changes could have major implications for clinical and medical laboratory scientist

In an article in The Economist, it has predicted that traditional hospitals soon will be no more. “We have reached the peak of bringing patients to the healing centers—our hospitals.” “We are on the brink of bringing the healing to patients

The article further notes that the technological revolution on the horizon “means abandoning long-held assumptions about the delivery of care, the role of the patient, and what makes a good doctor.” Virtual consultations and remote monitoring will mean fewer patients will need in-hospital care, while those who do will find a facility that operates “more like a cross between a modern airport and a swish hotel, with mobile check-in, self-service kiosks for blood and urine tests and the like, and updates on patients’ and relatives’ phones,” the Economist article states. Changing How Care is Delivered The Economist predicts that “as some sophisticated diagnostics, including blood tests and virtual imaging, become available remotely, more patients will receive hospital-quality care without leaving home.”

While experts predict patient-and-digital-first philosophies to be the future of hospital design, some healthcare systems already have embraced the trend. At Humber River Hospital in Toronto the future is now. An article in Modern Healthcare describes the patient-centered, high-tech, 656-bed facility, which opened in October 2015, as North America’s “first fully digital hospital.” The hospital leverages technology “wherever possible to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and customer service,” the hospital’s website states.

Humber River Hospital (above) in Toronto has been described as North America’s “first digital hospital.” It offers virtual check-in and registration as well as integrated bedside patient computer terminals that enable patients to order meals, adjust lights, play games, and access internet, television, radio, and their patient portal. (Photo copyright: Humber River Hospital.)

Humber River Hospital’s high-tech features include:

  • Robotic blood and specimen testing with results available in minutes and sent electronically to the care team with alerts for immediate attention;
  • Computerized patient documentation for immediate bedside charting;
  • Bedside computers that enable patients to control lights, use telephone and internet, order food, and review their medical, virtual check-in, and registration information;
  • A 4,500-square-foot “Command Center” (opens late 2017) will provide real-time data and predictive analytics to improve clinical, operational, and patient outcomes.
  • Additionally,
  • Three-fourths of the hospital’s supply chain is fully automated; and
  • Real-time locating systems (RTLS) track wandering patients and improve security for newborns.
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