At Boston Children's Hospital, a three-story high interactive screen in the lobby is part of the pediatric therapeutic process. In the University of Missouri Health Care network's recently-redesigned University Hospital, "smart rooms" automatically record and wirelessly transmit patient vitals to the system's EHR. At CSF Medical Center at Mission Bay in San Francisco, the world's largest fleet of free-roaming hospital robots ferry food, medical supplies, bio-hazardous waste and more.
Using technology to improve the experience of receiving care in the hospital setting while simultaneously streamlining the process to improve costs is one of the healthcare industry's biggest challenges—now, and in 1950. Despite the ongoing struggle to improve delivery of care, it's sometimes important to remember how far the industry has advanced (specifically, from Kaiser's dream of a sliding baby-delivery door in the labor and delivery unit).
Check out this video envisioning the hospital of 1950's future, compared to NXT Health's idea of the hospital room in 2020.
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