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Numerous solutions have been proposed for the emerging “Smart Hospital-Room”, however, there is little progress made yet. Interesting approaches include the Amplion Smart(er) Room of the Future, the IBM-UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical-Center), the NXT-Health-program of the US Department of Defense and the EU-Agency for Network and Information Security.

Nevertheless, a Hospital Smart-Room has to be cost-effective and it is the aim of this project, to pinpoint the most important catches. Crucial delay-factors and high-cost sources have been traced, by following the innovation trail, as reflected upon numerous Hospital-Technology related Patents and other research Publications, synopsizing the obstacles for achieving an acceptable and interoperable Electronic Medical Record and the enhanced Cognitive-computing based ways to harness, share, manage and trace big-data.

On the other hand, increased Patient-interactivity and participation, is a cardinal challenge for the future’s Smart-Room and the Health-care providers need access to real-time, Point-of-care feedback, on a continuous basis. Finally, Technology supporting overloaded clinical-staff causes frequently complications and tension. Therefore, Clinical-workflow improvements require goal oriented training, based on Patient-care-plans and supported by mature and cost-effective Technologies.

There is a rational link between Optical Communications, LASERs, Photonics and Industrial Property Rights and the way we can map the temporal and essential evolution of the innovation trail, in this crucial field, including light generation, detection, sensing, manipulation through emission, transmission, modulation, signal-processing, switching, amplification etc.

The mapping of Innovation world-wide, is an important aspect and safe predictor, for the allocation of material and human resources and, thus, of prosperity, in the decades to come world-wide.

Cost, lack of education and short-term focusing lead to cul-de-sac. The Hospital-leaders must realize that the world is changing dramatically; in order to

survive, they have to offer Smart, innovative, efficient and above all affordable and cost-effective Health-care.


Submitted by: Vasileios SPYROPOULOS (University of West Attica, Biomedical Engineering Department, 12243 Athens, Greece, Biomedical Engineering Department, Greece)

Work programme session: DT-ICT-01-2019 - Smart Anything Everywhere

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