The Smart Hospital White Paper is a guide to the hospital of tomorrow

The Smart Hospital should positively impact health outcomes, patient experience and efficiency.

The Official College of Industrial Engineers of Madrid (COIIM) and the Association of Industrial Engineers of Madrid (AIIM) have presented the Smart Hospital White Paper, a commitment to artificial intelligence and the ‘internet of things’ that can transform the hospital of the future.

(…) Joan Barrubés, director at Antares Consulting, focused on the analysis and presentation of the Smart Hospital White Paper, in which 23 experts with different roles within the health sector participated and who took part in four working sessions “with a very intense methodology”.

All of them, highlighted Barrubés, have made a “significant effort” in defining what a ‘Smart Hospital’ is. “It is a hospital based on optimized and automated processes built in an environment of interconnected assets and people, particularly based on the internet of things and the analysis of captured data, for example, through Artificial Intelligence; to improve existing patient care procedures and introduce new capabilities,” said the director of Antares Consulting.

As colleagues have commented, the scope of the guide focuses on improving patient experience, health outcomes, and economic sustainability. In addition, its application can be especially beneficial in the surgical system, the Emergency Department, and infrastructure management.

For example, within the surgical block and in terms of health outcomes, Barrubés explained that the Smart Hospital faces challenges such as evidence-driven surgical pre-registration using IA algorithms, intervention planning, anticipation through predictive monitoring, advanced safety, and post-operative outcome measurement.

In terms of improving the experience of the patient and the professionals themselves, it provides real-time information on the interventions, reduces preoperative stress, and improves safety during and after the intervention itself through monitoring.

Finally, the programming of an intelligent operating room, the reduction of bottlenecks, the traceability of the cost per process or the better availability of the operating room through the integration of CMMS systems; contribute to improve the operational efficiency.

“Faced with a NHS that looks like a road with curves, our ambition is that, through the Smart Hospital, we can build a better future in terms of the efficiency of the healthcare system itself,” concluded Barrubés. “

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