The hospital of the future is evolving significantly to meet the changing needs of medicine, technology, and patients. In the hospital of the future, healthcare will no longer be confined to traditional hospital environments, but will be delivered right where the patient is.
On October 12th, at the MTL Connect event, organized by the non-profit organization Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps Numérique), a panel of experts put together by the TransMedTech Institute discussed this theme. Through feedback and a projection into the future, the speakers shared innovative ideas on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and technology in the evolution of healthcare.
Facilitating technological innovations
To discuss this, Marie-Pierre Faure, Director of Innovation & Living Lab at TransMedTech Institute, surrounded herself with a panel of experts: Barbara Decelle, Health Research Advisor at IVADO; Mireille Luc, Senior Director of Health Strategy at Petal MD; Darine Ameyed, Co-founder and Scientific Director at Baüne; and Shirin Abbasinejad Enger, Oncology Researcher at the Jewish General Hospital. Through their experiences, they offered a concrete insight into the advances already shaping the healthcare sector, such as connected objects, telemedicine and remote consultations, as well as rapid diagnosis and treatment.
The hospital of the future will be deeply connected thanks to AI, which will play a crucial role in its operation. Shirin Abbasinejad Enger highlighted the leadership of the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de l’île-de-Montréal and the Jewish General Hospital in hospital digital transformation, highlighting a unique digital health record and command center. These advances improve medical record management and care coordination, and have a direct impact on patients, particularly in cancer treatment and home follow-up. Mireille Luc presented Petal MD‘s digital solutions for scheduling appointments, facilitating the organization of care. The company has implemented a care planning orchestrator, bringing significant benefits for healthcare staff and patients. Darine Ameyed from Baüne pointed out an important paradigm shift by moving the point of care in primary care medicine outside the hospital. This development raises the question of how far this approach can be extended; on earth, remote countries or even in space, opening new perspectives for healthcare.
In short, these crossroads are an invitation to all players in the healthcare sector to actively contribute to shaping the hospital of the future, improving therefore access to care for all.
Decentralization of healthcare
Decentralization of healthcare translates into a paradigm shift in which the patient-citizen becomes his own point of care. For the patient-citizen, care will be more accessible, personalized, and dedicated.
Currently, technological advances and AI are redefining the way healthcare is designed and delivered promising more personalized treatments and more accurate diagnoses. However, successful implementation of the hospital of the future requires careful attention to data security, training of healthcare professionals, and healthcare regulations. It is essential to ensure that care provided outside the traditional hospital environment is of high quality and safe for patients.
In conclusion, by combining technological advances with the growing involvement of the connected patient, we are on the verge of shaping a future where healthcare becomes truly personalized, accessible, and centered on the patient. This new paradigm represents a significant advance towards high-quality, safe healthcare adapted to all.