The evolution towards the ‘Liquid Hospital’ and the role of technology in the process
Healthcare digitalization is not a recent development. Technology has been part of our daily lives for a long time and healthcare is no stranger to it. While it is true that the transition has been difficult and slow, the pandemic has created a new scenario. A scenario where digitalization goes hand in hand with another concept that is not very widespread, the ‘Liquid Hospital’.
What is a liquid organization? These are organizations in which flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing contexts are paramount, based on two objectives: survival and growth.
How does this concept apply to the hospital? A classic hospital organization flows vertically, from managers to clinicians and from clinicians to patients. Precisely the concept of the liquid organization, and specifically the ‘Liquid Hospital’, breaks down this barrier. A change in which patient-doctor or clinician-manager relationships flow horizontally, with patients much more involved and informed about their state of health and clinicians able to exchange impressions and improvements with health managers and vice versa.
Through different processes where technology is key, a Liquid Hospital can involve patients, relatives, and professionals and unite them around two concepts:
Patient care breaks down the physical barrier of the health centre and can adapt to each person’s needs. (Telemedicine, virtual waiting room, etc.).
– The exchange of knowledge between all professionals, despite belonging to different areas of health care.
Why has the ‘Liquid Hospital’ concept become relevant now?
The pandemic has brought about a revolution in the more classical concept of healthcare. The sector has indeed been making technological advances for years, but there is still a great deal of room for improvement. The level of technological evolution is currently far superior to the tools currently available in many hospitals.
This means that even today, healthcare continues to face such damaging problems as waiting lists. Waiting lists are currently overflowing because of COVID-19.
These obstacles are accumulating and are beginning to generate a real need for change towards a fluid care model where immediacy, personalized treatment, and transparency are the basic pillars.
And all of this can be achieved through solutions such as those that MYSPHERA has been developing since 2012. IoT solutions based on RTLS can make care processes visible, reduce them to those necessary, maximize the efficiency of resources, and alleviate the workload of healthcare workers.
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