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Digital Hospitals of the Future

The amount of money spent all around the world on healthcare is starting to prove itself to be unsustainable and the healthcare industry is now undergoing a radical transformation. Organizations are rethinking the services they offer, focusing on funding and payment models. Wellness and outcomes are becoming a major goal, rather than the volume of services provided.

Next step? Adopting both technology and process improvement strategies in order to allow secure access, exchange and analysis of patient information and, of course, to achieve a greater productivity in both business and clinical processes.

Healthcare delivery is finding more ways to move beyond the hospital walls and focus on patients in less expensive environments that may facilitate care management.

In response to this evolution, more efficient digital hospitals are emerging. Their aim is to become critical hubs in these integrated healthcare networks in order to improve the quality of care and to provide access for more people than ever before.

Automations of hospital administrative processes, such as patient registration, admission and discharge, are reasonably widespread.

The Humber River Hospital is the first all-digital North American hospital and the experience starts right off the moment the patient arrives. The building architecture is comparable to a small airport, with each registration area designated with a letter. Before arriving, patients have to check online for their check-in zone.

Inside their corridors, there are robots sorting medication and automated guided vehicles delivering lunch trays. Patients and staff carry with them real-time locating devices and family members can track their loved ones as they move from surgery to recovery.

All of this is not only about the automation process inside the hospital. It also reflects on the patient’s home. Nurses can monitor people around the clock. While there are a lot of hospitals still afraid of investing in technology, the Humber River Hospital keeps moving forward. The only thing holding them back is time.

Training staff to make the best use of the new systems takes precious time away from clinical callings.

PeekMed has proven to be an intuitive and user-friendly software that would be an amazing help and perfect for these revolutionary hospitals. The software allows cloud integration, which gives the possibility to store in the cloud useful information for pre-surgical planning. This includes digital images, saved plans, and the surgical plan that is currently being made, as well as the reports. All of the servers are HIPAA compliant, so they are extremely safe.

The software also allows you to search for a specific patient in a simple and effective manner.
In order to be able to import images of a specific patient, both the connection to the PACS server and the local storage need to be set. This can be done in three simple steps:

  • Configure local storage service: the local storage service allows the images found through the research on the PACS server to be stored locally;
  • Configure connection to the PACS server: through the connection to the PACS server, it is possible to search for images and import them;
  • Search for images of a patient: it is possible to do a search based on multiple parameters.
  • After importing images, they will be located in the specified folder and available for use in the surgical planning process.

A properly designed “smart hospital” can lead to a lot of benefits, not only for patient satisfaction, but also to surgical costs. Digital hospitals are not just smart, they are intelligent buildings integrated with advanced IT, communication and building technologies.

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