The convention of the overnight hospital stay following a medical procedure is becoming a relic of the past. A newer kind of hospital construction is taking hold. These hospitals without beds offer services of traditional hospitals, such as imaging, surgery, and short-term observation care.
Technology, such as telemedicine, now allows patients to receive these services but avoid overnight stays for monitoring, according.
Erin Nelson, a consultant with CBRE Healthcare, tells the publication that patients can now be set up for monitoring at home through an iPad. “They can access discharge instructions, information on medication and video chat with a nurse,” she said.
The trend is moving the hospital industry away from bigger hospital projects for smaller, more focused facilities. Paul Strohm, director of the global healthcare practice at design and architecture firm HOK, tells Modern Healthcare that his company is developing facilities that are smaller, more efficient, and more flexible.
These smaller, more flexible healthcare services from health care service providers also offer flexibility to patients. These sites are smaller, they can be constructed closer to where people live and work, Modern Healthcare explains.Telemedicine allows these hospitals to employ more flexible staff scheduling. Bed fewer hospitals may not require physicians on-site to read diagnostic imaging tests.
“In a remote area, it’s a lot easier to put in IT cable than to hire another neurologist,” Curtis Skolnick, managing director for CBRE Healthcare, told Modern Healthcare.Here’s a look at some of these new bed fewer hospitals:
Detroit Medical Center.
This 63,000 square-foot outpatient center in the Detroit suburb of Troy, Mich. has a 24-hour emergency room plus operating rooms for pediatric patients, as well as outpatient care in specialties such as cardiology, neurology, and oncology.
Mercy Virtual Care Center.
This healthcare facility outside in Chesterfield, Mo., just outside of St. Louis, monitors patients in their homes in real-time using two-way cameras, according to CNN Money. The center also monitors patient vital signs in real time using tools that plug into an iPad.
Brecksville Health and Surgery Center.
Metro Health System opened this hospital in Brecksville, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, offering a 24-hour emergency department, pathology, and radiology services. The center also plans to open a surgery center. According to Healthcare Dive, administrators hope that opening outpatient and emergency services in convenient locations will keep patients outside of the main Metro Health campus, which they want to reserve for patients who have complex healthcare needs.
Montefiore Medical Center.
This New York hospital in the Bronx offers 280,000 square feet of space across 12 floors that include exam rooms, a headache clinic, imaging facilities, and a pharmacy. Like the new Brecksville Center in Ohio, Montefiore administrators hope that its new service improves the capacity at its general hospitals that offer more complex surgical procedures, according to Healthcare Dive.Contact us for more information about the trend of bed fewer hospitals.