No, it doesn't mean all of the doctors are robots.
On October 18, the first all digital hospital in North America will open in Toronto, Canada. According to a report from the Examiner, the new facility will cover 30 acres, combining three existing medical facilities. The president and CEO of the hospital, Dr. Reuben Devlin, said that it would be the new home of some of the most innovative technologies in the medical field.
The Humber River Regional Hospital has been around for years, and is attempting to adapt to the 21st century in one fell swoop, ushering in space-age medical technology with increased accuracy and efficiency.
The new facility employs an energy-efficient design, saving 40 percent more energy than standard guidelines put forth by the Model National Energy Code for Buildings. The hospital hopes to achieve LEED silver rating, saving at least a dollar in energy costs per square foot.
The hospital is connected with the University of Toronto and the University of Queens, and has been on the cutting edge of medical research in Canada for quite some time. Ontario was the first province to set up a center for laparoscopic bariatric surgery, establish home nightly dialysis, major cancer treatment facilities, and was the first to employ robotic surgery machines for less invasive incisions.
The building covers 2 million square feet and houses 650 beds. Patient information will be completely digitized, and each bed will be equipped with a swiveled terminal where doctors and patients can view medical information, access the internet, and view scheduled appointments.