Gavin Thompson, former CEO of engineering consultancy, Buro Happold, explains that the business is ‘transforming how healthcare estates collaborate… by adoption of digital innovation’.
In today’s world, it is almost impossible to go anywhere without relying on technology. Whether you are socialising with friends, buying a new car, or doing your weekly grocery shopping, more and more people are opting to do it online. Turning to websites and apps to help us with our day-to-day chores, tasks, and managing relationships is quicker and more convenient, and this has completely changed the way that we live and work. This has been made even more apparent over the past two years of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s not just in our personal lives, of course, that software is having such a transformative effect; in the built environment and the healthcare design and construction sector, it’s transforming how buildings work too. We’re now able to create buildings that more actively help deliver care, and support staff through improved data capture, automation, AI, and ‘smart’ products. In the UK, NHSX has been established to drive this digitisation in public sector healthcare to re-think how people receive care and treatment. Utilising this technology isn’t, however, just limited to engineering and the products used in buildings. There is also an exciting opportunity to improve how healthcare professionals and the myriad of consultants involved in the sector collect, share, and update, the critical information used to plan, design, and build modern facilities.
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