The Future of Hospitals Is Here—In Smart Hospitals

The use of digital data is not enough to make a smart hospital. The smart hospital has to do more. It must integrate data using artificial intelligence, implement cloud computing, and use the internet of things to create new data not otherwise available to doctors and nurses. Smart hospitals will be less likely to have patient bottlenecks by efficiently scheduling patients—and they can even dim the lights in the waiting room when it’s empty. Further, telehealth brings the hospital to the patients, keeping people out of the hospital unless they absolutely need to be there. The results include an improved level of care, a more positive hospital experience, and highly sound and efficient decisions. Also, while smart hospitals are patient-centric, that hardly means logistics can be overlooked. It’s important to keep track of supplies—their locations and amounts—and improve equipment use as well. The Internet of Things (IoT) is already here, and it’s only going to grow in effectiveness, efficiency, and connectivity. As it stands, our hospitals will become smarter and smarter. The desired future of health care one that is completely connected, one in which hospitals aim to bring equipment, doctors, nurses, specialists, technology, and patients together. An allied hospital is a powerful tool in health care. Hospitals in places like Canada, Australia, Singapore, and South Korea are already there—it will not be long before the rest of the world follows.

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