The Hospital Room of the Future

May 29, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

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Last modified June 1, 2020

At the virtual World Medical Innovation Forum, Dr. Alistair Erskine, chief digital health officer of Mass General Brigham in Boston, predicts how he sees hospital rooms changing in the future:

1. Flat-screen TVs will be ubiquitous and used as communication for two-way video conferencing between patients and caregivers as well as patients and their family members.

2. Hospital rooms will have microphones throughout them to support ambient voice technology. The microphones will constantly listen and record clinicians’ notes, and could be used to order medication or blood tests.

3. Remote patient monitoring within the hospital using the video and audio equipment will help lower fall risk without human “sitters.”

4. In-hospital location-based services will act as GPS for clinicians to maximize time and efficiency, as well as track where patients are within the hospital. That technology could also bring together clinical teams to meet in person.

5. Patients will receive wearable devices, such as a disposable patch, to monitor their vital signs at discharge instead of a stack of papers and prescriptions.

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