Future hospitals will focus more on rejuvenating people and less on recovery from acute illnesses. The shift will be like the transition in the healthcare system where there is more proactive care and disease management and prevention. Hospitals will no longer be places to treatment illnesses, but rather a placed to regular go for check-up, to see if patients are staying healthy. Delivery of healthcare will be patient-centered using intelligent designs and modern technology to improve the process of healing.
With healthcare technology constantly changing and developing, hospitals have to follow the trend and incorporate these technology into their patient treatment. They have to keep abreast especially that quality care is becoming more crucial so that they can survive and be profitable.
Advance Technologies that Future Hospitals have to Watch
- Future hospitals have to be connected to medical devices that are also connected to networked computers who will process and store data coming from devices such as insulin pumps and pacemakers. These devices allows patients to monitor their own health. Companies are producing wearable devices to track people’s general illness levels and vital signs. Hospitals can utilize these devices to improve their patient’s well-being.
- Today, patient’s data are collected and stored in electronic health records. This data is processed from a wide range of platforms and will be useful to healthcare providers and patients. Companies providing these services will translate and analyse the data so that it can become an integral part of patients’ health care plans.
- Currently, physical servers are hosting most of the electronic health record systems. A few are using cloud-based systems and in a few years this security technology will improve. More electronic health records will be in cloud-based and web-based platforms. This means that patients and healthcare providers can access them easily from their laptops, smartphones or tablets. This will lay the framework for a more comprehensive health record.
- Traditional house calls are becoming obsolete because of telehealth. New medical technologies allows healthcare providers to check on their patients without the necessity of a visit to his clinic. With the use of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, doctor and patient can stay connected. This will lessen visits to hospitals and clinics. It may even replace going to the emergency department for non-threatening ailments.
Future hospitals have to prepare themselves for these eventualities so that when they hit, they are better equipped.