Digital hospitals that deploy smart technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), remote health monitoring, and robotics deliver higher standards of patient care and hassle-free experiences for health professionals, argues a new report from Frost & Sullivan, titled Digital Hospitals: Creating Growth Opportunities in Patient Care during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Beyond.
Currently, with the massive influx of patients, traditional hospitals are struggling to provide quality care and ensure health professionals' safety, the report reasons. And as technology adoption is expected to rise further in the next two to three years due to higher-quality care and significant productivity gains, digital hospitals could be the perfect remedy – not just for domestic patients, but for international patients too.
Helping manage payment systems and patient care
“Digital hospitals address limitations of traditional providers such as centralised care delivery, closed systems, fee-for-service care models and a reactive approach through decentralised care, interoperable systems, and outcome-driven and proactive approaches,” Neeraj Nitin Jadhav, Technical Insights Senior Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said. “To improve patients' satisfaction levels at every step of care delivery during their stay in the facility, digital hospitals are using technologies like hospital navigation, intelligent imaging platforms, medical robots, remote patient monitoring tools, medication management applications, communication tools, electronic health record (EHR) applications, and clinical decision support solutions.”
Hospitals & Healthcare notes that these technologies are also increasingly more frequently being rolled out when caring for international patients – especially EHRs for medical case management, remote monitoring and communication tools.
The benefits of these digital hospitals and their smart technologies could be felt across the board, by patients, providers and payers.