The news: Samsung’s South Korea-based Samsung Medical Center is taking a big step toward becoming a 5G-powered, robotics-enabled hospital by undergoing an infrastructure assessment via the HIMSS Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM).
What is INFRAM? It’s a blueprint for digital health advancement developed by HIMSS that consists of eight stages of digital health integration, like having a private cloud strategy (Stage 3) and home-based telemonitoring (Stage 7).
Samsung’s digital health push: Here’s a recap of some of the biggest strides Samsung has made in digital health lately.
The bigger picture: Samsung seems focused on remote patient monitoring and smart hospitals—and having a fully functioning 5G-powered smart hospital could help it attract more health system and hospital customers in different global markets.
5G can drive cost savings, increase patient access to quality care, and alleviate many current limitations of RPM and virtual care—which are critical to developing a smart hospital.
In fact, many health systems view 5G as the most important technology for facilitating their digital transformation.
However, it’s also important to consider how US hospitals and health systems face unique barriers since, unlike South Korea or other countries, there’s no centralized, government-sponsored healthcare agency, making challenges like interoperability more cumbersome.
Dig deeper: Check out our Smart Hospitals Report to learn more about the use cases and best practices for implementing digital health technologies that’ll make hospitals “smart.”