For the last month, we’ve been looking into the key themes and topics which are shaping the future of the digital health landscape following WIRED Health 2019. We’ve already covered how AI will be at the forefront of next generation healthcare, the role sensory technology can play in detecting a wide range of potential health issues and personalised healthcare devices working for all generations. In the final part of the series, we’re looking into how building a hospital that is digital first, means it is accessible to all.

The Hospital of the Future

A major highlight of the event was a talk from ‘The Worlds Most Watched Surgeon’, Professor Shafi Ahmed. He explained how he is embarking on an ambitious project to build and launch the world’s first fully digital hospital in Bolivia. A country that has approximately 12 million people and just 6.3% of the GDP goes to healthcare.

By drawing on his own experiences and taking the know-how from innovations in healthcare, the new hospital will have all the latest technological developments. Everything from voice technology and facial recognition, to surgical robots and virtual reality environments. They will also be training staff from scratch on the work process needed to encourage collaboration and innovation.
When discussing the possibilities for the new hospital, Professor Ahmed referenced a quote from Pablo Picasso – “Everything you can imagine is real.” He applied this thinking to the project they are undertaking and reinforced the believe that technology has a huge role to play in shaping the future of healthcare.

While he admitted there will be mistakes and lessons to learn along the way, this really is a blank canvas and presents the opportunity to create something that can be used as an example for others to learn from. This is re-imagining the possibilities of healthcare and something he hopes will be replicated across the world. The dream of this hospital has become reality and is due for launch in the first half of 2019.

WIRED Health provided an opportunity for leaders in the health tech profession to come together and explain their ideas on where the industry is headed. It was clear by the end of the day across all topics that the future is full of new and exciting possibilities. Through the digitalisation of healthcare, people can get to the right professions quicker and with a more accurate diagnoses, ultimately improving patient lives and increasing the populations’ health expectancy.

If you enjoyed our series, we welcome you to drop Leah Peyton, Director on our healthcare Team, or Tracey Bowditch, Senior Account Director from our technology team – who both attended the event – a message on LinkedIn. They are both happy to to provide you with more information on our services here at Ruder Finn!