Hospitals of the Future

by | Sep 10, 2021 | Healthcare, Medical Devices, Medicine, MedTech, Quality, Quality Systems, Regulatory


Movies, books, and television shows have imagined what the world will look like in the future. From flying cars to more modern buildings, entertainment is not short of the different possibilities of the future, even when it comes to the medical industry.  

The world has already seen and is benefitting from automation and robotics being adopted to support and replace a wide variety of processes; the medical world is not far behind. Healthcare is starting to look towards and use more smart technology including smart patient care and smart building technology.

Experts are calling it an integrated system to create a smart hospital for the future. An integrated system acknowledges that a fully digital hospital would improve the overall patient experience. An integrated system embraces new devices and software while training individuals in the healthcare industry to properly use them. This allows for all of the functional parts of a hospital to seamlessly work together to create and improve an exceptional patient experience. 1

An integrated approach has been shown to impact hospital operations. Fiona Stanley Hospital in Australia, a smart hospital, has displayed that delivering better patient care can be achieved by utilizing smart technology. Smart technology can help improve comfort, efficiency, and sustainability for patients, visitors, and even staff in hospitals.1

Fiona Stanley Hospital has credited the integrated approach when it comes to the smart hospital’s success. From security to a developed management program to security to ICT, the hospital can provide connectivity between systems, which helps reduces operational costs while still improving the environment and delivery of high-quality care for the patients and the staff.1

Smart hospitals are making a wave into the Western industry and offer opportunities to improve operations and patient experience.

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1Payne, J. (2021, August 27). Hospital 4.0: What will the hospital of the future look like? Med-Tech Innovation | Latest News for the Medical Device Industry.

Abby McVay

Abby McVay

Research Analyst- Ms. McVay is EMMA International’s Research Analyst. She has experience in technical writing and clinical trials in many life science industries. She has experience with many different elements of quality and regulatory compliance. Ms. McVay holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Manchester University as well as a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Angelo State University.

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