The challenges and opportunities that remain consistent in the hospital sector

Hospital infrastructure isn’t static. It undergoes constant alteration and improvement to ensure it remains fit for purpose in a changing world. 

And our world has changed immensely since COVID hit, creating some infrastructure challenges for hospitals. 

Here, we explore the role of infrastructure in patient care and offer ways to rethink healthcare infrastructure and service delivery in light of the pandemic.

Addressing the pressures of working as an emergency physician

There is no silver bullet for fixing Australia’s emergency department (ED) crisis.

Here, we explore the pressures on hospital emergency physicians and consider how improvements to infrastructure could facilitate patient flow. 

The funding battle in hospitals

Competing priorities are everywhere in healthcare. Hospital Boards and senior managers must regularly make difficult governance decisions taking into account factors such as clinical need, budgetary constraints and performance targets. 

So, which is the right way forward? And do you really have to choose? 

Addressing the pressures of working as an emergency physician

There is no silver bullet for fixing Australia’s emergency department (ED) crisis.

Here, we explore the pressures on hospital emergency physicians and consider how improvements to infrastructure could facilitate patient flow. 

The funding battle in hospitals

Competing priorities are everywhere in healthcare. Hospital Boards and senior managers must regularly make difficult governance decisions taking into account factors such as clinical need, budgetary constraints and performance targets. 

So, which is the right way forward? And do you really have to choose? 

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The funding battle in hospitals

The funding battle in hospitals

Competing priorities are everywhere in healthcare. Hospital Boards and senior managers must regularly make difficult governance decisions taking into account factors such as clinical need, budgetary constraints and performance targets. 

So, which is the right way forward? And do you really have to choose? 

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Innovations addressing common problems in the hospital setting

Innovations addressing common problems in the hospital setting

Healthcare innovations have improved many aspects of patient care. We’ve seen genetic sequencing, targeted therapies, remote monitoring devices and robotic surgery. 

But the innovations needed in a hospital aren’t limited to clinical applications. There are several innovations that can improve facilities management to make the whole hospital more efficient. 

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Strategies for addressing Australia’s elective surgery backlog

The repeated suspension of elective surgery, the disruption to screening services and outpatient appointments, and a 40% drop in routine pathology testing early in the pandemic have all combined to create a cohort of Australians now presenting with more advanced disease and languishing on long waiting lists for surgery as their condition worsens. 

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Exploring solutions to ambulance ramping

Nowadays, ambulances queue up outside hospitals and paramedics wait in corridors with their patients until there’s space available in the ED – meaning they’re not able to answer other 000 calls. 

Such ambulance ramping is a sign of a health system under immense strain. So, how bad is it? Why is it happening? And what can be done to improve the situation? 

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Re-imagining the role and purpose of health facilities for our new era of healthcare

Australian Healthcare Week (AHW) published a ‘state of the industry’ report in late 2021 that explored the pandemic effect and discussed priorities for 2022 and beyond. It included survey responses from healthcare professionals and leaders, 82% of whom worked in patient-facing roles at the coalface.

So, what could new infrastructure investments look like for future healthcare? 

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Covid-19 impact on public hospital Cat 3 elective surgery volumes – 2019-20 vs 2018-19:

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