The most interesting of all areas. It involves a shift in thinking with the idea that future patients can be treated through telemedicine at home, in the hospital, in nursing homes, in physician's offices and other places.
Space would be designed and configured to include placement of secure cabling, and any necessary equipment such as high-resolution cameras, speakers and monitors—similar to the way an eICU might be equipped today.
The future is about building space with the idea that people may need to provide care to a patient in that space, rather than forcing them to travel when they need care.
Equipping nursing homes and hospital rooms this way would enable a variety of practitioners to provide bedside care more conveniently—for the patient and the provider. Patients wouldn't have to be transported, and practitioners could see more patients without disruption.
Building this technology into physicians' offices and people's homes also should become usual. People could receive healthcare services in the convenience of their own living space, enhancing access for those living in remote locations, reducing the need for transportation for those with mobility issues, and limiting exposure to pathogens.