A blue­print for the hos­pi­tal of the fu­ture lures world’s most in­flu­en­tial hos­pi­tal ex­ec­u­tives

The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - TRAFNEASTPUORETATION - • KEN STEPHENS This ar­ti­cle was writ­ten in co­op­er­a­tion with Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

As tech­nol­ogy forges ahead at a dizzy­ing pace, hos­pi­tal and health-care sys­tem ex­ec­u­tives from North Amer­ica and the EU are work­ing over­time to in­te­grate cut­ting-edge dig­i­tal health in­no­va­tions into their med­i­cal play­book so they can of­fer a con­tin­uum of first-class care while stream­lin­ing costs in the paper­less, big-data era.

The chal­lenge to start in­ject­ing these con­cepts to­day into the hos­pi­tals of the fu­ture spurred the first-ever Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter In­ter­na­tional Sum­mit: The Fu­ture Hos­pi­tal-Set­ting Strate­gies for 2030, where some of the world’s most renowned hos­pi­tal and health-care sys­tem CEOs came to Ra­mat Gan this week in or­der to cre­ate a co­gent strat­egy for their fa­cil­i­ties.

The sum­mit un­der­scores an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to the ful­fill­ment of Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s mis­sion state­ment, which in­cludes pro­mot­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of med­i­cal lead­er­ship and ma­jor med­i­cal sci­en­tific re­search. In the con­text of Sheba’s for­ward-look­ing ap­proach, an In­no­va­tion Cen­ter is cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped on the grounds of the Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter to fa­cil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween re­searchers from Sheba, academia and in­dus­try. Some of the start-ups which have re­cently joined the fledg­ling In­no­va­tion Cen­ter are al­ready cre­at­ing in­no­va­tive tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions that are al­ter­ing the way hos­pi­tals pro­vide health care and save lives.

Charles N. Kahn III, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tals, which rep­re­sents more than 1,000 in­vestor-owned or man­aged com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals and health sys­tems through­out the US, said, ”We are at a crit­i­cal point in health care where tech­nol­ogy and sci­en­tific ad­vance­ment, as well as in­creased un­der­stand­ing of pa­tient care, is en­abling us to di­ag­nose and treat ef­fec­tively out­side the hos­pi­tal in ways never imag­ined be­fore. The aca­demic health cen­ter with high-qual­ity care and ground­break­ing re­search needs to adapt to this chang­ing care en­vi­ron­ment.”

He added, “In a first-of-its-kind in­ter­na­tional meet­ing, the Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter brought to­gether top lead­ers and minds from across the world to con­front the im­pli­ca­tions of these chal­lenges for their vi­tal in­sti­tu­tions. Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter is not just the largest hos­pi­tal in the Mid­dle East, it is a vi­brant world­class cen­ter for care and in­no­va­tion at the fore­front of med­i­cal science and care de­liv­ery. We ex­plored how to keep hos­pi­tals a step ahead of the change. The goals are to as­sure pa­tients get the care they need in the set­ting best suited and make sure the other crit­i­cal mis­sions of the hos­pi­tals can be sus­tained.”

A fo­rum such as the Sheba In­ter­na­tional Sum­mit en­abled some of Amer­ica’s most for­ward-think­ing hos­pi­tal and health-care ex­ec­u­tives to speak about how they are al­ready trans­form­ing health care, yet rel­ish the idea of con­stantly shar­ing and ex­plor­ing new ideas.

Said Dr. Daniel Kraft, Fac­ulty Chair for Medicine & Neu­ro­science and Chair of Ex­po­nen­tial Medicine at Sin­gu­lar­ity Univer­sity, “It’s in­cred­i­ble and ex­cit­ing for me to see my col­leagues come to Is­rael and Sheba, which is fer­tile ground for them to dis­cover what

is go­ing on here. Tech­nol­ogy is con­verg­ing in many ar­eas, like ge­nomics, Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence, IoT (In­ter­net of things) and VR (Vir­tual Re­al­ity). The chal­lenge is to how to use these tech­nolo­gies to pro­mote top med­i­cal care via clin­i­cal tri­als etc. And Sheba is al­ready do­ing clin­i­cal tri­als with these tech­nolo­gies.”

Ralph W. Muller, CEO Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia Health Sys­tem, claimed, “At Penn Medicine in Philadel­phia, we’re fo­cused on fos­ter­ing in­no­va­tion across ev­ery area of our work, from de­vel­op­ing cut­ting-edge ther­a­pies to im­prov­ing the pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence to trans­form­ing the way we use elec­tronic health records. All these el­e­ments come to­gether to im­prove out­comes as well as to drive greater value as we, like all sys­tems, face ris­ing costs. We can all learn from each other no mat­ter where we prac­tice medicine. The Sheba Sum­mit was the per­fect fo­rum to speak about our in­no­va­tion ef­forts and learn from other lead­ers who are map­ping the fu­ture of health care with their own great ideas.”

David En­twistle, pres­i­dent and CEO, Stan­ford Health Care, stated, “The world around us is chang­ing. The rise of dig­i­tal health, value-based care mod­els and height­ened con­sumer ex­pec­ta­tions are chal­leng­ing the sta­tus quo for hos­pi­tals. How we, as health lead­ers, en­gage with these de­vel­op­ments will have reper­cus­sions for years to come. That is why fo­rums like the Sheba Sum­mit on the Hos­pi­tal of the Fu­ture are so valu­able. They pro­vide a rare op­por­tu­nity for health lead­ers to con­nect and share ideas.”

Dr. Paul B. Roth­man, the dean of Med­i­cal Fac­ulty and CEO of Johns Hop­kins Medicine, re­it­er­ated the need to train to­day’s doc­tors and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als for to­mor­row’s chal­lenges to­day.

“Health care is evolv­ing rapidly and aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ters such as ours and Sheba must re­spond by trans­form­ing how we ed­u­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers. We must in­cor­po­rate new mod­els and meth­ods to en­sure that we con­tinue to pro­vide the high­est level of care to our pa­tients.”

Prof. Mordechai Shani, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Emer­i­tus of Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter, who has played a vi­tal role in the de­vel­op­ment of ad­vanced health­care in Is­rael di­vulged, “Medicine par­al­lels life in that it’s in a con­stant state of change. Hos­pi­tals must of­fer an or­ches­tra of care across the board us­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies, mo­bile, vir­tual etc. in or­der for peo­ple to not only live in­de­pen­dently well as they get older. I pre­dict that within 15 years, ro­bots will be in­tro­duced to not only pro­vide clin­i­cal care but also will per­form pro­ce­dures on pa­tients.”

Prof. Yit­shak Kreiss, Dir. Gen. of Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter was ex­u­ber­ant with both the co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“As Is­rael’s first des­ig­nated City of Health, Sheba is con­stantly in­tro­duc­ing and im­ple­ment­ing cut­ting edge in­no­va­tions to im­prove both pa­tient care and hos­pi­tal ser­vices, it is a dis­tinct honor to have hosted the world’s elite hos­pi­tal and health sys­tem ex­ec­u­tives. Our col­lab­o­ra­tions and blue­prints for the hos­pi­tal of the fu­ture will en­able all of us to pro­vide qual­ity care for the next sev­eral decades, start­ing to­day,” he said.

SHEBA MED­I­CAL Cen­ter cam­pus.

(Pho­tos: Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter)

SOME OF the world’s most renowned hos­pi­tal and health sys­tem ex­ec­u­tives from North Amer­ica, UK and EU came to the Sheba Med­i­cal Cen­ter cam­pus this week to at­tend the firstever ‘Sum­mit 2018-The Fu­ture Hos­pi­tal: Set­ting Strate­gies for 2030 and Beyond.’

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