Faced with the challenge of accommodating an ageing and increasing population, more and more hospitals are turning to technology to improve productivity and operational efficiency. This shift towards the digitalisation of many aspects of healthcare - including electronic medical records (EMR) and automated processes - is driving a fundamental change in the design of new healthcare facilities.
Integrating technology into hospital design is no easy feat. New thinking is needed to cater for the technological impacts on the built form for technology essential in the early stages of the hospital planning and design. As an example, the hardware powering the digital systems has specific requirements in relation to power and air conditioning, and patient rooms would need to be redesigned to accommodate two computers in each room. Automated technology will also require specific planning, with the routes that robotic automated machines use differing vastly from the paths taken by hospital personnel.
It’s not just the technology we know about now that needs to be accommodated. With the speed of new advancements in e-health, hospital design also need to be flexible enough to account for new and evolving technologies for new types of medical equipment.
Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital was opened in Hervey Bay in 2014, and has been described as “the Australian benchmark in automated patient care”. Patient records and results are updated and viewed on tablets and mobile devices throughout the hospital. Other aspects such as personalised food and medication management is done electronically and doctors can log in anytime to review patient activities in real time.
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