20 Mar '11, 9pm

Re-designing hospitals for the future

Hospitals in Asia have undergone a remarkable transformation in structure, financing and organisation. Despite the explosion of information at one's fingertips, the allure of tele-health and the miniaturisation of technology, hospitals will continue to be dominant in the Asian healthcare landscape. In many Western countries, there have been active steps to reduce the number of hospitals and hospital beds. Pundits have heralded the 'demise' of the hospital as we know it, citing the exorbitant costs coupled with rapid advances in technology which today enable many therapies to be offered in an ambulatory setting, first in an outpatient clinic and soon in the home. We beg to differ. The future is exceptionally bright for Asian hospitals - especially the ones that have not been built. But to understand where hospitals in Asia are and should be going, it is important to first u...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110321-0000173/Re...

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