First-of-its-kind innovation facility designed to contextualise the entire journey across the health continuum
Royal Philips launched the Health Continuum Space in Singapore on 19th January, which was developed to facilitate collaboration with governments, healthcare professionals and related stakeholders to design and co-create future healthcare solutions, facilities and hospitals. The launch was graced by Guest of Honour, Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Health.
Fully-equipped and built with flexibility in mind, the 1,028 square-meter Health Continuum Space housed in the Philips APAC Center in Singapore has the capability to contextualise multiple health-medical scenarios at the same time – from a hospital all the way to a patient’s home. The space, which houses various Philips healthcare solutions and equipment, enables prototyping and co-creation of new solutions that help make a meaningful difference in the future of patient care and clinical workflows.
There are currently eight environments being represented within the space:
- Home: The home setting in the Health Continuum Space demonstrates how healthy lifestyle plays a role in preventing illness or reducing the risk of it. A range of personal health innovations, including the Air Purifier, Kitchen Appliances, sleep therapy devices and pain relief products are featured to show a holistic way of living. In addition, home monitoring solutions help chronic patients easily monitor and manage their own health after being discharged from the hospital, and call for help when needed – in turn, reducing the reliance on scarce medical resources. This is where we witness how the professional healthcare and consumer portfolios are increasingly connected.
- Ambulance: The ambulance is equipped with a patient monitoring system to track patients’ vital signs, including pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure. It simulates a system with wireless connectivity, where data can be uploaded in the patient’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and synchronized in real time to the hospital’s clinical information system (CIS). This technology allows the hospital to efficiently prepare for the patient’s arrival by expediting patient registration and test scheduling process, and eventually enable timely clinical intervention.
- Emergency Room: The emergency room is designed to simulate real-life situations. Built with full flexibility, the room can be expanded to include additional hospital beds and equipment, while accommodating an Emergency Department command station.
- CT/Imaging Room: Designed with patients’ wellbeing in mind, the ambient lighting within the CT (Computed Tomography) room creates a calming environment to help patients feel more at ease and comfortable during the scan. The room is also equipped with the latest CT solution, providing outstanding image quality to support clinicians to make the right diagnosis in the first scan.
- Reading Room: The Reading Room represents a future space where technology is leveraged to accelerate workflow and increase efficiency. In this setting, healthcare professionals are able to interact with each other on-site and with doctors remotely. The accessibility to various sources of patient information, coupled with the ability to layer information on a single platform simultaneously, will support clinical decision and in turn provide a more holistic diagnosis.
- Catheterization Lab: The Image Guided Therapy Systems in the Cath Lab are fully integrated through a Healthcare IT platform which enables data to be translated into clinical insights. Through real-life health scenarios, illustrated by medical equipment such as Philips’ latest ultrasound machines and through the layout flexibility, the Cath Lab is designed to inspire healthcare professionals to visualize and develop their own future facilities.
- ICU (Intensive Care Unit): The ICU is equipped with ventilators and patient monitors with modules that support clinical measurements and decisions. This room is designed to simulate a setting with an isolation room and an external work station, where nurses can monitor the patient remotely and act promptly should there be an alert. This setting reduces the need for nurses to rush into the isolation room, enhancing the workplace safety of healthcare professionals.
- Ward: The ward is designed to simulate an optimal recovery environment for patients. The cable-less monitoring function and mobility solutions featured in this ward allows for clinicians’ constant monitoring of patients. This flexible ward can also be reconfigured and converted to a single-bed ward, double-bed ward or even a community hospital based on the needs of the specific workflow to be tested.
The existing environments are separated by walls which are moveable and collapsible to allow flexibility for future needs and scenarios.
The innovation facility illustrates today’s and tomorrow’s real-life scenarios with an objective to redefine the way healthcare professionals work collaboratively, which will in turn enhance the quality and efficiency of clinical diagnosis. It also features a futuristic Reading Room – an aspirational facility equipped with the latest technological system and interface that consolidates patient data, allowing clinicians of various specialties to review patient cases on one single platform. The Health Continuum Space also highlights personal health innovations and scenarios that can foster and support patient needs pre or post-hospitalisation.
“Customisation and simulation of clinical spaces is important for us healthcare professionals. The Health Continuum Space helps us make informed decisions earlier, and fosters collaboration, integration of care and communication between partners from various specialties to find plausible solutions to enhance hospital workflow efficiencies and bring to life the future of healthcare systems we are aiming to establish to enable better patient and clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Nikolas Wanahita, Medical Director, Gramercy Heart and Vascular Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore.
“To address the healthcare needs of our region, collaborations and partnerships between healthcare professionals and corporate enterprises are imperative to delivering innovative solutions across a patient’s healthcare journey. The consumer and healthcare worlds are quickly coming together, and so are our solutions. Apart from envisioning and co-creating spaces within the hospital with our partners, the Health Continuum Space goes one step further to showcase the growing need to be more aware of the home environment, where individuals can take better control of their own health and prevent themselves from falling sick,” said Mr. Srikanth Nott, General Manager, Personal Health, Philips ASEAN Pacific.
Through the simulation and contextualisation of different environments, Philips is able to demonstrate and test workflows that can be used to build future healthcare models with partners. The Health Continuum Space aims to bring to life and visualise the entire continuum of care – a core focus for Philips as the gap between the consumer and healthcare world narrows.
The content of this article is based on the press release and fact sheet provided by PHILIPS.
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