Smart hospitals deliver better quality care, report finds
Hospitals making use of smart technologies such as artificial intelligence, remote health monitoring and robotics, are delivering higher standards of care according to new research from business consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan.
A new report titled Digital Hospitals: Creating Growth Opportunities in Patient Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond , has found that COVID-19 has led to a widespread adoption of these advanced technologies in hospitals. The number of smart hospitals is expected to increase further in the next two to three years, as they lead to higher quality care and productivity gains.
This rise in the adoption of digital technologies in hospitals presents immense growth prospects for companies in this field. The report identified the following areas where smart hospital technologies are improving patient care and work efficiency:
- Deploying smart patient tracking systems to manage patient flow, treatment progress and discharge among other hospital processes
- Proper training and implementation of EHRs improve a hospital's ability to provide high-quality care and address health disparities in the population
- Use of AI makes supply chain management more sophisticated as the algorithms process huge volumes of hospital data. This helps to identify trends and provide insights to improve the facilities' efficiency and quality of care
- Analyse data obtained from different hospital departments to empower local healthcare teams
"To improve patients' satisfaction levels at every step of care delivery during their stay in the facility, digital hospitals are using technologies like hospital navigation, intelligent imaging platforms, medical robots, remote patient monitoring tools, medication management applications, communication tools, electronic health record (EHR) applications, and clinical decision support solutions" Neeraj Nitin Jadhav, Technical Insights Senior Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said of the findings.
"Digital hospital operators need to focus on building internal architecture, especially staff workstations and patient rooms that follow evidence-based design (EBD), as these are the areas where clinical decisions are made and care is provided, respectively.
"Additionally, decentralised healthcare staff workstations outside the patient rooms can allow the staff to be closer to the point of care rather than a centralised area, which increases the travel distance for the health professionals."
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.”