Seize opportunities: Example of Essen University Hospital
A change of direction in thinking – this is what Essen University Hospital has undertaken on its way to becoming a smart hospital. As a leading provider of cutting-edge medical services, the 56 associated clinics and institutes make use of the opportunities offered by digitalisation. In this example, the ‘hospital of the future’ holistically encompasses all areas and departments. This did not happen overnight, but was and is the result of an entrepreneurial strategy. It includes decisions and planning from medical equipment to the corresponding IT infrastructure to personnel and individual processes.
Not an easy way? True. In an interview with Health Relations, Dr Anke Diehl, Digital Change Manager at UK Essen, explains: ‘Digital transformation also means that you have to change the whole mind-set in a clinic. Every professorship that is filled, every single staff member has to be taken along for the ride.’
Since 2015, a digital patient file has been introduced throughout the Group, radiology and pathology have been digitalised and robots have been used that mix chemotherapies completely autonomously. A so-called Smart Hospital Information Platform (SHIP) collects and prepares the information for care and research. And that’s not all: The AI Institute, which will be founded in 2019, will analyse the possibilities of artificial intelligence in research, teaching and patient care.