HOSPITALS OF THE FUTURE?
We speak to professors in business strategy, Vijay Govindarajan and Ravi Ramamurti who give us look at India for inspiration regarding future hospitals. So, what is the prognosis for future mass-healthcare demands?
All of the nine hospital chains that the two professors studied have managed to turn the structure of their hospitals into something resembling large-scale production, with the economies of scale that follow.” The new structure of Indian hospitals isn’t just an expression of economies of scale, but also of better utilisation of resources and allocation of tasks.”
US professor of management and economy Michael Eugene Porter, suggests an alternative “fee-for-value” set up in our hospitals. Read about what this entails and the trends which point in its direction. The conversion of hospitals’ current allocation of tasks will be driven forward by technological advances in especially mobile health technology (mHealth), and telemedicine
Already, this is in practice between the Indian government and the African Union, who have entered an agreement under the Pan African e-Network Project, which means that Indian doctors are treating patients in Nigeria, Congo, Egypt, and Mauritius –all from India (it should be noted).
So in light of this, how will patients be treated more efficiently? Or how should we arrange these mega hospitals? And, how is Africa adapting healthcare to its population demand?