Clinical review: the hospital of the future - building intelligent environments to facilitate safe and effective acute care delivery

Crit Care. 2012 Dec 12;16(2):220. doi: 10.1186/cc11142.


The translation of knowledge into rational care is as essential and pressing a task as the development of new diagnostic or therapeutic devices, and is arguably more important. The emerging science of health care delivery has identified the central role of human factor ergonomics in the prevention of medical error, omission, and waste. Novel informatics and systems engineering strategies provide an excellent opportunity to improve the design of acute care delivery. In this article, future hospitals are envisioned as organizations built around smart environments that facilitate consistent delivery of effective, equitable, and error-free care focused on patient-centered rather than provider-centered outcomes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care / trends*
  • Decision Making
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends*
  • Ergonomics
  • Forecasting
  • Hospital Design and Construction
  • Hospitals / trends*
  • Humans
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control
  • Medical Informatics
  • Organizational Culture
  • Patient-Centered Care / trends
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Safety Management