The next time you find yourself in a hospital, it might look a little different than you remembered.
Humber River Hospital will be North America’s first ever fully digital facility, and it’s set to open in Toronto in November. Some of the new, high-tech digs include a robotic radiology suite, drug-mixing droids and R2-D2-like cart pushers.
While “fully-digital” might imply the absence of humans, there are still doctors and nurses on-scene. But all the day-to-day operations of the hospital can be run automatically.
Most patient scans, for example, will be conducted by three different robots that can contort themselves awkwardly, so that patients don’t have to move around (which can be painful) to have hard-to-reach areas analyzed. Intravenous drugs are also prepared by a robotic arm that receives its orders from a doctor, and then mixes the ingredients accordingly (but don’t worry, humans still administer the drugs. And there’s a system in place to ensure the right doses get to the right patients). Other bots are programmed to pick up supplies, ride elevators and deliver them to their appropriate locations.
The mostly single-patient rooms also feature a large computer inside. These neat monitors can show patients their health record and lab results, but they can also be used for just about anything, from ordering food to having a Skype call with family.
With any luck, those horribly long hospital wait times will be cut down too. You can check out the facility in action in the video, above.