An important aspect of future healthcare will be to develop a shared understanding of the required conditions to facilitate innovation and transition in health care and enable moving from cure to prevention. Technological and artificial intelligence (AI) innovations are at the centre of this. An example project is Consultation Room 2030. The team realizes that as we currently think of a consultation room as four walls, a doctor and a patient, a totally different setting will be needed in the future to facilitate the new reality.
Easy access to secure patient data will be prevalent and the role of doctors will evolve as technology takes over many of their analytical tasks and operations. We, both patients and health care providers, need to accept and trust technology and AI. At the same time at a macro level, the health care budget is important as well as the socioeconomic differences and access to health care and chances of staying healthy. This all is an integral part of a typical convergence project like Consultation Room 2030 where technology, (bio)medical, economic and social sciences come together.
TU Delft – consultation room 2030 – photo: Guus Schoonewille