The ‘hospital’ of the future is the hub for a regional continuum of health services and facilities that provides health and well-being services for the entire population. It is a fully integrated system of health that accepts risk for optimizing access, affordability, convenience and outcomes for the communities it serves.
Influenced by the factors included in the article, demand and utilization of hospital services have shifted from inpatient to outpatient settings. In those clinical programs where inpatient care is the standard, lengths of stay have been shrinking and efficiency gains have been achieved through clinical process redesign and facility improvements. The hospital of the future operates around a presumption that market dynamics address a number of challenges.