Live from SantExpo | The digital hospital of the future is being built today

Live from SantExpo | The digital hospital of the future is being built today
Live from SantExpo | The digital hospital of the future is being built today

DSIH, Pauline Nicolas, THURSDAY MAY 23, 2024

Agile in both human organization and buildings, anchored in physical reality, organized around patient journeys, this is the hospital of the future outlined during this IT Agora. The latter was hosted by Weliom, a health consulting firm, a subsidiary of Docaposte and part of Poste Santé & Autonomie.

What vision of the hospital of the future? This question, raised by Jean-François Mercury, Consulting Director at Weliom, gives rise to a hospital that must rely on existing organizations and the daily needs of health professionals while integrating digital technology. The first dimension of this complementary vision was highlighted by Etienne Cousein, associate lecturer at the University of Lille and pharmacist at Lille University Hospital. For him, the hospital of the future is capable of adjusting its volume several times a year with a constraint: when there is a capacity adjustment to be made in specific care sectors, like the ambulatory, all support activities must follow.

If he mentions a “ hospital of the future which is still a dream », Etienne Cousein already designs it as including movable partitions allowing it to go from 40 to 20 beds. This vision of a hospital that is agile in terms of human organization and buildings that translate this agility gives rise to a second image: that built by Jérôme Bataille, AIA Life Designers and Associate Project Director. His dream, shared during this agora, is for hospitals to organize themselves more around the digital dimension and patient journeys. Underlined by Christophe Cantin, Consulting Director of Weliom, this complementary vision of the hospital of the future must not only integrate the issues of data fluidity and security, but also the fact that the hospital must be able to operate with and without computing.

Regarding the elements of prediction on the major innovations occurring in the coming years, Jérôme Bataille imagines a hospital where the patient becomes a real “active”, without waiting, fluid in the coordination of care, where the organization of provisional and Logistics must be able to be organized around the patient. In addition, on an architectural level, he recommends that the hospital of the future should not be too large and ensure a territorial network coverage. This territorial network must not, however, avoid, for Etienne Cousein, the need for centralization of support functions allowing economies of scale to be achieved.

The vision of the hospital of the future also allows Jérôme Bataille to highlight the existence of a new way of designing healthcare pathways. These will be modeled and written according to a common language, that is to say the voices of architects, doctors, pharmacists, nurses. Learning this new way of working will make it possible to write the hospital as the actors would like it to be, less curative and more preventive.

Agile and digital: see you over the next few years to convert the dream of the hospital of the future into reality…

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