3 Keys on How Future Hospitals Will Look Like

More Cost-Effective Care will be Needed

As head of design consulting at Philips, Sean Hughes has been involved closely with healthcare service providers and authorities across the world as they have revolutionized their hospitals. As such, Mr. Hughes has seen and analyzed many of the demands first-hand – from workflow to architectural design (spaces and places) and digital capabilities as well as the use of new technologies.

Some of these changes are needed as people are expecting more from healthcare systems wherever they live, and the challenges we face are universal – there are more chronic, elderly, and ambulatory problems. Some countries are already being affected, such as Japan where there are more old people than young. And every country will have cost considerations. [1]


Early Attendance of Diseases as soon as or before symptoms arise

Fetal scanning and surgery are already in place; however, these are set to improve. This means that health problems in fetuses will be detected before birth and a plan of treatment can be put into place that the parents can follow for a healthier life for the child.

The Internet of Things and wearable technology will spot signs of illness quicker, as our health will be constantly monitored. Devices will recognize changes in your health by comparing it to your data when you were in full health, then alert you before anything bad has a chance to develop further. [2]

Virtual Care Will Expand

Instead of being one fixed location, the hospital of the future is a network that is more scalable and modular than ever before. It’s flexible enough to deliver highly complex care to large numbers of new patients in ever-changing locations while continuing to provide regular and elective care to the rest of the population.

Virtual care and guidance play a critical role in this network. We’ve already seen how remotely guided ICUs are helping hospitals to scale care during the crisis taking the load off frontline staff. Soon, this tele-ICUs within larger hospitals will be connected to mobile facilities and community-based hubs by a single digital infrastructure. Staff in centralized care coordination centers will support the patient flow and manage resources remotely to remove bottlenecks in the network, by sending clinicians, ICU beds, or other medical equipment to where they are most needed, 24/7. [3]