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Dr. Fauzia Khan, CMO of Alere Analytics, Provides Vision for the Hospital of Tomorrow

November 7, 2013

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On November 5, 2013, Alere Analytics’ CMO, Dr. Fauzia Khan participated in a panel discussion at the inaugural US News & World Report Hospital of Tomorrow (HOT) Conference in Washington D.C. The 2013 HOT Conference brought together top executives and healthcare providers from healthcare organizations across the nation to discuss the challenges and demands that hospitals face today.

In Dr. Khan’s  featured panel, “Designing Hospitals for 21st Century Care,” the panelists focused on  ways that physical hospital design has the power to impact health care. Featured speakers on the panel, included Peter Butler, an associate professor and Chairman of the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University, David Bailey, President and CEO of the Nemours Foundation, and Sally W. MacConnell, Vice President for Facilities at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Each  shared  how their organizations have implemented changes into their facility design in order to provide better care for patients. Some of those innovative designs elements are making hospital rooms more personalized and accommodating to families in order to keep them together during a hospital stay, such as eliminating set visiting hours and creating beautiful garden spaces.

The new Johns Hopkins Hospital campus in Baltimore, MD. The new hospital design is patient-centered and innovative, aiming to give patients the best experience possible while providing top-notch care.

The new Johns Hopkins Hospital campus in Baltimore, MD. The new hospital design is patient-centered and innovative, aiming to give patients the best experience possible while providing top-notch care.

Dr. Khan presented a unique perspective to the audience, stressing the importance of electronic health data exchange in hospitals now and going forward. She moved the conversation outside the brick-and-mortar walls of the hospital to a vision of future hospitals as health data management HUBs, able to share data, receive real-time updates, and improve care across the entire continuum This included point-of-care technologies that closely monitor patients in real-time in order to prevent adverse reactions, infections and readmissions, as well as connecting home monitoring devices post patient discharge. This approach would allow healthcare providers to monitor their patients’ health not only when they’re residing in a hospital bed, but also when they return home – maintaining their wellness and avoiding costly readmissions.  Supporting discharged patients with telemoniting and devices would also empower patients to manage their own conditions, provide better communication of data back to their doctors, and  ultimately improve their health.

Dr. Fauzia Khan speaks on the need for hospitals to move beyond four walls.

Dr. Fauzia Khan speaks on the need for hospitals to “move beyond four walls.”

The inaugural Hospital of Tomorrow Conference proved to be an  interesting and engaging and event for all attendees. Since Alere Analytics is dedicated to making the hospitals of the future more connected, giving providers the tools they need to provide  high quality of healthcare , and improving outcomes for patients and providers during and after  hospital stays.

If you’d like to read more about the Designing Hospitals for the 21st Century panel, US News & World Report posted a recap of Dr. Fauzia Khan’s panel, as well as all Hospital of Tomorrow 2013 panels on their website.  To learn more about Alere Analytics’ suite of hospital solutions, visit our new website.

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