Tackling these challenges requires a threefold approach, focusing on:
A hospital is similar to a factory, except that it does not produce an actual product. Its core ‘raw material’ is human beings. Any aspect that can be improved behind the scenes to avoid staff having to waste precious time on administrative tasks is another step towards even better healthcare. It is also good for society as a whole, as a more cost-efficient hospital also means better use of public funds. With around a thousand beds, the city of Ghent’s university hospital (UZ Gent) has a long tradition of using technology to improve the patient care level.