Scotland’s first digital hospital gets approval
Scotland is set to get its first digital hospital after ministers approved plans to build the new facility.
Part of NHS Lanarkshire, the new University Hospital Monklands will use state-of-the-art digital technology, and is partly inspired by the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Scotland’s first digital hospital will be designed to ensure that advances in digital technology are central to an improved experience for patients, and to help staff carry out their work more efficiently.
The current Monklands Hospital is ageing, with most of the mechanical and electrical infrastructure having exceeded its life expectancy. Additionally the elderly population of Scotland is increasing, and a new, bigger facility is needed to meet their needs.
The new hospital is being created in line with NHS Lanarkshire’s healthcare strategy: to shift care away from inpatient treatment to at home and in the community; develop hospital centres of excellence in the region; and support the healthcare needs of the wider West of Scotland.
One of the hospital’s features is an operational command centre, that will provide real-time information to make staff instantly aware of patients whose condition is deteriorating. The centre will also monitor online feedback from patients’ families to help improve care.
Now that the Scottish Government has approved the plans, the next step is outlining the business case before building can begin. Commenting on the news of Government’s approval, chief of medical services Dr Rory Mackenzie said: “It is a crucial step forward on the road to a new Monklands that will be essential in supporting the ideal model of care for our future healthcare challenges, including the rising elderly population.
“We will use the latest technology to deliver Scotland’s first digital hospital and clinicians remain at the heart of the process, ensuring our new, ultra-modern hospital is designed to tackle public health issues such as the current coronavirus pandemic.”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”