How Hospitals Are Changing

Experts offer a glimpse into hospitals of the future.


Electronic medical records could eventually help to predict problems. "A big question is how to analyze patient data to spot warning signs before a patient has to be admitted," Howard tweeted. Mobile health apps have allowed people to monitor their fitness and diet. Many fit people love health apps, Howard wrote. "One question is how to encourage older, sicker people to use them too."

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Alternate settings for treatment

Nurse-managed health care clinics, MinuteClinics at CVS, Urgent Care Units and alternative medicine have offered patients with less expensive alternatives to hospitals. "Hospitals are pushing care out to less acute settings, including the home," Morris tweeted. "Expect this trend to continue." Thompson tweeted that hospitals are using community health initiatives like mobile vans and health screening and education fairs.

Jane Carrington, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Arizona, summed it up: "Greater demand will be placed on outpatient care, telehealth and integrated [electronic health records]."

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