The scope of COVID-19 has prompted us to consider what the Hospitals of the future might look like. It has given birth to the concept of a networked healthcare system in which care is administered in a variety of places dependent on severity: intensive care units, community health hubs, and home monitoring.
Dr. Peter Ziese, MD, PhD, Philips’ Head of Medical Strategy and Innovation, Dr. Quek Sin Lat, Chief Executive Officer, Ng Teng Fong General Hospitals, and Dr. Ronnie Ptasznik, Program Director, Monash Health Imaging Monash, discussed this at the recent HIMSS APAC 2021 keynote session.
Clinicians’ time would be taken away from patients if they were expected to be data gurus. As a result, healthcare executives should be urged to reconsider current practises and expectations in order to accomplish a safe and effective digital health revolution. Hospitals must invest in technologically skilled personnel who can expand the digital capabilities, while technology such as electronic medical records (EMRs) should be designed to be straightforward and manageable for most public-sector physicians. For effective virtual care delivery outside of the Hospitals, data integration is critical.