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How will a hospital operate in the year 2040? A tour through the health care system of the future.

Humans and the hospital of future

“If in the year 2040 the data can circulate, with appropriate protections against misuse, and is available for doctors and care givers at any time, this will change almost everything in the medical field.”

Burkhard Rost, a professor of bioinformatics at the Technical University of Munich

Step 2: Nice to meet you, I'm Dr. AI

"Today radiologists overlook 11-14 percent of prostate cancer cases on the first radiological test", says Maximilian Waschka, founder of the start-up Fuse-AI. "With software that uses artificial intelligence, the error rate can be reduced to one percent." The 25-year old Waschka is developing with his colleagues a software that goes through MRT images of prostate carcinomas and pre-marks cell accumulations that it judges to be cancer. Next year the software will go on the market – and make diagnoses more reliable. "Today a radiologist has to look through a thousand individual images for each MRT scan before making a diagnosis. This takes approximately 30 minutes".

Step 3: Short distances

Hospitals are often like huge labyrinths, where most people feel lost. Endless halls, cold neon light, five different elevators – and nobody knows where the surgery department is. But it is also important for nurses, doctors and planners that people and material get from point A to B as quickly as possible. Time is an enormously important factor in the health care system. "We now build hospitals so that the flow of people and goods can move as quickly and efficiently as possible", says Carolina Lohfert Praetorius. Lohfert, who is a doctor and hospital planner, has already built hospitals in Scandinavia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland with her company Lohfert – Praetorius A/S and she is familiar with both old and new standards.

“But the ideal is for these centers to be able to run more efficiently and to specialize in particular specialist areas. In this way the quality of treatment is improved.”

Carolina Lohfert Praetorius, doctor and hospital planner

Step 4: Lots of space in the operating room

“In the future doctors will certainly routinely work with fully automated surgical robots in many clinical indication fields.”

Katrin Sternberg, medical technician and former member of the Management Board in R&D at B. Braun Aesculap.

“I am convinced that digitization will help doctors fulfill their key task: helping and curing people.”

Jochen Werner, CEO and Medical Director at the Essen University Hospital

“In the future, the use of apps and telemedicine will be entirely common.”

Dirk Lehr, professor of health psychology at the Leuphana University Lüneburg


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