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Digital hospitals: debunking the myths surrounding the technology journey

Key considerations for executives responsible for hospital digitisation


Digital hospitals: debunking the myths surrounding the technology journeyDo you believe that a digital hospital and a paperless hospital are the same thing? That a single data governance approach is all your hospital needs? That clinical requirements should dictate the hospital’s technology capabilities? Or that mobility is a ‘nice to have’?

If you do, you are not alone. So whether you are building a new digital hospital from the ground up, or digitising an existing hospital, views like these can make your journey more complex, risky and expensive than it really needs to be.

This paper details 12 myths surrounding the technology journey to digitisation that, if left unchanged, can limit the value that can be realised from digital hospital initiatives. These include that:

  1. The digital hospital equals the paperless hospital
  2. The digital hospital should be designed for a digital world
  3. Clinical requirements dictate the hospital’s technology capabilities
  4. Industry frameworks and proven ‘best practice’ models exemplify every hospital’s digitisation roadmap
  5. Clinicians need access to all available clinical information about a patient
  6. Implementing a single clinical system ‘package’ represents the least complex and lowest-risk path
  7. The cloud isn’t secure, nor is it relevant
  8. A digital hospital’s data must be managed by a single data governance function  
  9. Analytics and reporting can be added later
  10. Clinicians will only access patient information through a digital hospital’s systems and devices
  11. Mobility is a ‘nice to have’
  12. Focusing on improving systems and processes will deliver high value end user solutions and services.

If you are seeking to avoid the pitfalls and deliver world-class digital facilities, download this paper to gain an understanding of the truth displacing these common myths.


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