When a hospital operates & structured more safety on the interventions, the hospital is called a smart hospital. Smart hospitals are also sometime called as paperless health care system or intelligent hospitals. Its major aim is to develop, rebuild or redesign hospitals with infrastructure & management systems and clinical processes with digitized networking communications. The smart hospital relies on automated and optimized methods on the artificial intelligence and internet of things (IoT) for improving the accessibility of the patients. To measure smart hospitals there are some assessment methods such as baseline assessment tools, the hospital protection index and a green checklist. It has many products such as mHealth, electronic health record, telemedicine and smart tablets etc. The mHealth is used in educating customers about protective healthcare services via mobile device.
Smart hospitals include devices like wireless connected devices, wearable devices, specialty medical devices, mobile health or mHealth apps and diagnostic & patient monitoring equipments etc. Wirelessly devices are included radio-frequency identification (RFID), infusion pumps, Bluetooth and blood pressure cuffs. Wearable devices include smart watches, fit bands and augmented reality glasses etc. Additionally, some attributes are included improved patient experience, reduced cost of the cure, enhanced outcomes of treatment, improved disease management and reduced inaccuracies etc
According to study, “Middle East and Africa Smart Hospital Market (2018-2023)” some of the major companies that are currently working in the Middle East and Africa smart hospital market are Medtronics, Qualcomm Life, Cerner Corporation, McKesson, Stanley Healthcare, Philips, GE Healthcare, Honeywell Life Care Solution, SAP, Microsoft Corp., Siemens.
Smart hospitals are developed intelligently which are connected with each other. This development may be of buildings networking equipment assets, interconnected clinical information system assets and networked medical devices assets etc. The building assets include medical gas supply, power regulation, door lock system and climate regulation etc. Interconnected clinical information systems include pharmacy information system, blood bank system, hospital information system, radiology information system and pathology information systems.
The smart hospitals use various technologies for providing benefits to doctors and patients. These technologies include cloud computing, wearable technologies, artificial intelligence, radio frequencies identification, internet of things and zigbee technologies etc. Artificial intelligence is defined by offerings & technologies. Remote medicine and electronic health records are types of offerings. In addition, based on the delivery model the market is defined by demand delivery model and premise delivery model. Moreover, some of the major applications of smart hospitals are medical workflow, supply chain analytics, therapeutic assistance, isolated medicine management, regulatory compliance, outpatient attention and medical associated imaging.
The smart hospital market in Middle East & Africa is driven by increasing health apps, rising mobile & internet services, rising digital healthcare sectors, increasing demand for machine learning, increasing disposable income, increasing investment in medical services, rising technological advancement and government initiatives etc. Additionally, the cost constraints and poor economic condition are creating a challenge for the market in the region.
UAE holds the largest share in the market for adoption of technology in healthcare industry. It is expected that the Middle East and Africa smart hospital market to reach at US$ 2.1 billion, at a CAGR of 12.8 %, by 2023. In near future, it is predicted that the market will be growing due to changing lifestyles of the people.
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Ankur Gupta, Head Marketing & Communications