The Future Of Healthcare Is Changing
Innovation isn't an option, it is a necessity. Human life span is increasing. Thanks to improvements in sanitation, nutrition, medicine, and technology, the number of centenarians is growing quickly. In 1990 there were 2.9 centenarians for every 10,000 adults ages 65 and older around the world. That share grew to 7.4 by 2015 and is projected to rise to 23.6 by 2050. (Pew Research Center).
In hospitals, there is a mismatch between the physical infrastructure and the type and volume of activities carried out. The continued growth and infrastructural pressures of cities creates new whole-healthcare ecosystem challenges. Questions arise, such as how can we use technology to develop cost-effective care? What do we do with physical buildings? Do we repurpose existing spaces or do we have to go to hub-and-spokes models? How can technology be better leveraged?
Technology will be a key enabler of not just scientific breakthrough, but to improve levels of patient care and to enable greater efficiency and effectiveness. Digital innovation, coupled with robotics and AI, can deliver a significant step change (e.g., use of smart beds, remote monitoring of patients, online appointment setting, remote sensing, and use of cloud data).
The healthcare landscape will evolve and can be broadly categorized into four areas:
Emergency Treatment Centers
Separated from main hospitals to avoid slower-moving pace and infrastructure constraints of traditional hospitals
Academic Medical Centers
Serve large populations, with a focus on highest level trauma and complex care
Integrated with universities and technology specialists
Big data analysis, genomic medicine, and robotic surgery
Provide outpatient-diagnostic, urgent, and planned-elective care, with some short-stay beds
Step up for GP referrals
Intermediate care for longer-term, complex rehabilitation based on a lower-cost nursing model
Hub providing an effective bridge between inpatient care and home care
Take advantage of new technology and remote sensing capabilities
Delivering Care Is Fraught With Challenges
Fragmented ecosystems, with work silos, multiple breakpoints, and numerous handoffs cause delays and errors
Ageing infrastructure, with suboptimal layout and design, cannot handle growing demand and creates sub-optimal patient experience
Non-integrated IT systems and reliance on dated technologies makes information difficult to access and use
Error-prone and redundant information capture creates delays and could lead to dangerous errors
Disengaged and overworked employees, with high levels of stress, negatively impact patient experience
Dependence on centralized healthcare delivery model prevents adoption of innovative alternatives
Healthcare Of The Future
GIBC Digital can work with you to transform the Whole-Healthcare Ecosystem to deliver an integrated, cost-effective, data-driven exemplar in the provision of exceptional patient care and experience.
Patient flow improved
More patients treated
Patients treated faster
Shorter waiting times
Safer, more reliable services
Best use of capacity
Reduced length of stay
Improved staff morale