Houston’s expanding population has led to an increased need for quality medical care. To keep up with the demand, healthcare systems in the area are embracing the latest technology and innovative solutions. At the recent Houston Healthcare Conference, experts discussed the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in the medical field.
AI is being integrated into various aspects of healthcare, from diagnostics and imaging to facility design. Andrew Koska, principal at Perkins & Will, highlighted the use of algorithmic data in AI to provide faster response times and more accurate readings. Designers and architects are taking AI into account while creating medical facilities to ensure optimal patient outcomes.
Representatives from renowned healthcare institutions such as Houston Methodist Hospital, Memorial Hermann, Texas Children’s Hospital, and MD Anderson Cancer Center spoke about the positive impacts of technology on patient care. As the demand for healthcare increases with the city’s growth, technology becomes crucial in meeting this demand and improving medical services.
However, the implementation of technology in healthcare facilities poses challenges. Older buildings may lack the necessary infrastructure for utilizing innovative technologies. Trent Fulin, CEO of Houston Methodist Cypress, stressed the need for hospitals and medical real estate developers to stay updated with the latest technological advancements.
The application of technology begins with renovation and conversion projects. Paul Whitson, senior principal at HOK, discussed the importance of uncovering hidden issues during renovations. The use of laser scanning technology allows designers to create 3D models of spaces and integrate them into the design process, revealing potential obstacles.
As Houston’s healthcare system continues to evolve, advancements in technology will play a significant role in improving patient care, streamlining operations, and meeting the growing demand for healthcare services.
- Bisnow/Maddy McCarty
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