99 Changes You Will See in the Hospital of the Future

One of my friends who is writing a book, asked me if I could write a chapter on the future of hospitals and how they will look and function in the future. I started making some quick mental notes and then I jotted them down on paper. I came up with 99 things that will be different in the Hospital of the Future. Without much ado, here is the first draft of the list. Please add to this list in the comments section.


On demand access for the patient
       1.    Access to information
       2.    Access to care providers
       3.    Access to family
Expanding and re-imagining the space
       4.    Making hospital more like home
       5.    Bringing hospital closer to home
       6.    Making the home into a hospital
Concentration of care in the Hospital
       7.    Acute care
       8.    Complex care
       9.    High intensity care
Centers of excellence
     10.    Specialist physician services
     11.    Specialty technology services
     12.    Data science intensive services
Increased information exchange
     13.    Between doctors and staff
     14.    Between staff and patient
     15.    Between staff and patient’s family
Change in work
     16.    More team based
     17.    More technology driven
     18.    More patient centered
Behavioral health services
     19.    Integrated with other services
     20.    Part of all services
     21.    Using technology to nudge behavior
Medical records
     22.    Ubiquitous
     23.    Secure and private
     24.    Patient controlled
Surgical Operations
     25.    Less invasive
     26.    Fast recovery and short length of stay
     27.    High tech enabled
Information technology
     28.    Automation
     29.    Self service
     30.    Allows for up-skilling of staff
Focus on other patient needs
     31.    Social
     32.    Emotional
     33.    Spiritual
Data becomes
     34.    Real-time
     35.    Inter-operable
     36.    Intelligent
Algorithms will provide knowledge
     37.    Descriptive analytics
     38.    Predictive analytics
     39.    Prescriptive analytics
Hospitals buildings will become
     40.    Smaller
     41.    More high tech
     42.    More virtual
Improved efficiency
     43.    In time
     44.    In space
     45.    In effort
Social networks will be used by staff and patients for
     46.    Marketing
     47.    Brand building
     48.    Service rating
Technology will be
     49.    Wireless
     50.    Voice enabled
     51.    Invisible
New science skills in the hospital
     52.    Data scientist
     53.    Physician scientist
     54.    Social scientist
Focus on patient experience
     55.    Before hospitalization
     56.    During hospitalization
     57.    After hospitalization
Improvement in physician performance
     58.    Burnout reduced
     59.    Balance fine tuned
     60.    Focus on physician experience
Hospital building design
     61.    Eco-friendly
     62.    Open layout
     63.    Closer to Nature
Changes with time
     64.    Aging population
     65.    Complexity of procedures
     66.    New diseases
Payment focused on
     67.    Quality data
     68.    Outcomes data
     69.    Satisfaction data
Customers will find care to be
     70.    No out of pocket costs
     71.    More convenient
     72.    More comfortable
New technologies
     73.    3-D printing of organs
     74.    Augmented and virtual reality
     75.    Automatic error prevention
Technology framework to include
     76.    Cloud based and location agnostic
     77.    Inter-operable smart electronic health records
     78.    Sensor agnostic Internet of things
More New Technologies
     79.    Machine learning and artificial intelligence
     80.    Mobile monitoring
     81.    Robot assistants
Staffing changes
     82.    Increase in higher skilled
     83.    Decrease in admin level staffing
     84.    Increase in hands on care providers
Disappearance from hospitals of
     85.    Palliative care/hospice beds
     86.    Medical/surgical beds
     87.    Observation beds
Medical Transportation
     88.    Self-driving vehicles
     89.    Automated triage to the right facility
     90.    Treatment team in the vehicle
New venues taking patients away from hospitals
     91.    Stand-alone centers
     92.    Hospital in homes
     93.    Nursing homes
Insurance changes
     94.    Payer/provider partnerships
     95.    Full risk value-based care model
     96.    Increase in catastrophic insurance
National networks
     97.    Specialty-based networks
     98.    Technology-based networks
     99.    Payer-based networks

 

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