Technological advances and a growing consumer focus mean hospital campuses and other medical facilities will look markedly different a decade from now, predicts Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, based in Philadelphia.
In a Q&A with Knowledge Leader, part of real estate services company Colliers International, Klasko says procedures such as joint replacements will be outpatient services, and there will be a shift toward smaller buildings.
“At Jefferson,” he says, “we have two legacy inpatient facilities. Ten years from now, they might be clinical research labs and simulation centers.”
Further expansion of medical facilities into traditionally retail settings will coincide with growth in micro hospitals made up largely of an urgent care center and a handful of beds, Klasko says.
Integration will continue as well, meaning that in his city of Philadelphia, for example, it is unlikely that the existing six academic medical centers will all remain independent. Optimizing resources will be crucial, Klasko adds.
“You have to do so much more for so much less.”