The pressure to lower cost, raise quality, and create a better patient experience is high and hospitals and health systems are adopting new technologies to improve all aspects of operations as a result. We are now capable of applying modern industrial production methods to a system that seemingly custom manufactured every patient care episode. Design needs to play an even bigger part in this.
- Hospitals run at 90% - 95% occupancy with shorter lengths of stay and peak loads are eliminated?
- Tele-presence is in every room and staffing intensity is adjusted to the patient instead of moving the patient to higher or lower intensity rooms?
- Operating rooms automatically configure themselves to the next scheduled case and prepare the robotic devices that will assist on the case?
- Automated on demand supply replenishment, is provided by transport robots?
- Security, housekeeping, and food preparation is augmented with autonomous robotic technology?
- Patient rooms and unused spaces power down automatically when inactive?
- The measured, continuously monitored patient experience begins before admission and continues long after discharge from the hospital?
- Waiting rooms were a thing of the past?
- The ambulatory experience is as much virtual as it is physical?