The hospital of the future will be connected

A look back at our conference on The hospital of the future will be connected, as part of Effervescence 2024. The aim of this conference was to imagine how to respond to the human (ethics, acceptance, adoption), technological and logistical (rural areas) challenges of the hospital of the future.

The vision

Healthcare systems are constantly evolving in response to the many challenges of accessibility, the diverse and changing needs of the population, and pressures on human and organisational resources. The hospital of the future will increasingly incorporate the concept of ‘point of care’, where care can be delivered directly and more efficiently wherever the patient is. For the patient-citizen, this will mean more accessible, personalised and dedicated care and services. Implementing the hospital of the future means integrating technological innovations, particularly in digital and connected health, with its many issues and challenges such as data sharing, interoperability, security and ethics. It will be essential to take into account the diversity of the population and the environments served, as well as individual specificities and disparities between different communities. It will also be necessary to consider the challenges of appropriating these new technologies by the various stakeholders, particularly in terms of training, changes in practices and adoption. The move towards a connected hospital of the future represents a major opportunity to satisfy the changing healthcare needs of our society. This will require a collaborative approach to the challenges of achieving higher quality and availability of care, while ensuring that every individual, whatever their socio-economic or geographical background, can fully benefit from the advantages of the hospital of the future.

A circus act as a metaphor

After a brief introductory speech by our Executive Director Carl-Éric Aubin, live from Boston, Patrick Léonard, co-founder of The 7 fingers, clearly grabbed the audience’s attention to kick off the day with a breathtaking circus performance, with a metaphor of the hospital of the future depicting the challenges faced by the patients on a daily basis; a performance that kept the audience on the edge of their seats for more than 10 minutes.

We wanted to give the audience pause for experiential reflection before moving on to our panel discussion, in demonstrating how the arts can help to popularise science through emotions. As Maya Angelou said: ‘People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel’.

Experts around the table

To discuss this timely topic, which is raising a lot of questions and concerns, we invited the following experts to join us: –Anne Nguyen , Director of AI at the Conseil d’innovation du QuébecRichard Fleet, emergency physician, holder of the Research Chair in Emergency Medicine, CIUSS Chaudière Appalaches and Université Laval, and founder of the Charlevoix Living Lab. –Daniel Zikovitz, Director of Digital Innovation and AI at GE Healthcare Canada. This session was moderated by the very dynamic Dan Gabay, CEO of the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre, who led the discussion with very insightful questions on the ‘why’, the ‘how’ and the winning conditions for a successful hospital of the future.

Connectivity will be at the heart of this transformation, but the human factor must remain the top priority.

At the heart of the matter

We started the discussion with a SLIDO asking the audience what, in one word, the hospital of the future meant to them.

The word ‘human’ came up. Indded, the public is very concerned about the impact of remote monitoring, e-health and the connection between clinician and patient.

Digital transformation and AI will be key elements in the hospital of the future, of course, to improve the efficiency, quality and accessibility of hospital services.

In order to meet the challenges of the regions, the labour shortage, the ageing population, etc., the hospital of the future may not even have walls! Collaboration and co-creation will also be very important, if we want to get all the stakeholders on board. To conclude this discussion of to the hospital of the future, it is clear that connectivity will be at the heart of the transformation, but the human factor must remain central, in order to ‘guarantee the right care, in the right place, at the right time’, as Dan Gabay pointed out.

Spotlight on the competitions

EFFERVESCENCE offers researchers, companies and SMEs in the life sciences sector the chance to showcase their research or projects.
This year, as part of two start-up competitions, two of the companies we support were among the finalists: Vega BioImaging, in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology category, and Vope Medical, which won 2nd prize in the medical technology and digital health category and is currently taking part in our Innovators|trices en Residence programme.

Prof. Sylvie Lemay, whom we have been supporting on various projects for several years, also won the Social Innovation Prize at the Étoiles Effervescence 2024 competition.

Well done to all of you for your promising and innovative projects!

EFFERVESCENCE offers researchers, companies and players in the life sciences sector a unique opportunity to meet new people, build business relationships, take part in inspiring conferences and discover what’s new in the industry, all in an experiential and stimulating environment for participants.

To view the entire conference : EFF 2024 01 05 Plenière 01 Transmedtech – YouTube

Source :
Géraldine Dumesnil
Communications Services, TransMedTech Institute
geraldine.dumesnil@polymtl.ca