Innovation is all about creation, extension and pushing the boundaries. In health care, it requires constantly thinking about how to make systems better, to improve health and provide services.
Check out these seven hospitals around the world whose systems have evolved to become nationally and internationally recognized.
1) Wooridul Spine Hospital (central site in Seoul, Korea):
Wooridul Spine Hospita, one of the top spinal treatment centers in the world, was founded in 1982. The hospital network’s central site was opened in Seoul in 2007, and manages 10 hospitals throughout Korea.
The network has expanded into China, Indonesia,Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The hospitals are equipped with computer-aided navigation surgical treatments, and biocompatible artificial joint surgery.
2) Leeds Cancer Centre (West Yorkshire, England):
The Leeds Cancer Centre is the second hospital world-wide to start offering Elekta Versa HD radiotherapy treatment, which uses a high-precision beam for treatments that require targeting accuracy.
3) Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, Maryland):
Johns Hopkins is recognized as one of the leading hospitals in the world. It is consistently on the list of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals across various specialties.
The hospital has the most up-to-date surgical technology available, an intraoperative MRI, leading-edge imaging and radiology capabilities. The facility also includes an automated below-ground supplies and waste transportation setup and a high-tech staff locating system.
4) Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon, India):
Fortis Memorial Research Institute is a network of specialty hospitals in India. The facility was launched in April, 2013, and has been named a “next generation hospital.”
The institute in Gurgaon, India has therapeutic and diagnostic technology such as the 3 Tesla Digital MRI Scanner, which is one-of-a-kind in Asia, as well as in India. Fortis is the first hospital in the world to offer digital broadband MRI imaging.
5) Dihlabeng Regional Hospital (Bethlehem, South Africa):
One of the most savvy thingsthat Dihlabeng Regional Hospital has done is to go from a paper-based system to the system RxSolution for dispensing prescriptions for patients on anti-retroviral (ARVs) medication.
RxSolution is a computerized medicine supply management tool developed to assist pharmacy personnel manage purchases, orders, patient records and prescription dispensing. RxSolution was developed with the help of funding from USAID, by the South Africa-based team of Management Sciences for Health (MSH).
6) Hospital Punta Pacifica (Panama City, Panama):
Hospital Punta Pacifica is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International and is one of Central and South America’s most advanced medical centers. It's also a top destination for medical tourism.
It is equipped with 51 modern and private rooms, 11 suites and one presidential suite. The hospital is located along the Pacific Ocean in one of Panama City’s most prestigious neighborhoods.
Apart from its state-of-the-art medical facilities, what makes it unique is its exterior design. The architects used light and dark contrasting materials. What you see is glass and concrete coming together near the sea to create a beautiful building.
7) Fiona Stanley Hospital (Murdoch, Western Australia):
Fiona Stanley Hospital is the first new tertiary public hospital in Western Australia in over 50 years. The hospital cost $2 billion to build and has the latest in diagnostic and interventional medical imaging services.
In addition, entertainment and communications units are attached to every bed. Robots would transport meals, linen, was, and sterilized instruments and other supplies. The elevators are color-coded to prevent patients and visitors from getting lost.
ABC News. Australia’s most advanced hospital, Fiona Stanley, opens in Perth. June 22 2015.
Healthcare Business and Technology. The 25 most beautiful hospitals in the world. 22 June 2015.
Management Sciences for Health. South African hospital receives innovative service delivery award for implementation of medicines management software. 22 June 2015.
Top Master’s in Healthcare Administration. 30 Most technologically advanced hospitals in the world. 22 June 2015.
Reviewed June 25, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith