Professor Dr. Jochen A. Werner, Medical Director and CEO of the Essen University Hospital, talks about the idea of the “Smart Hospital” and the role of digitalization in a hospital setting.
How to pave the way to a “Smart Hospital”
Prof. Dr. Werner is firmly convinced that “digitalization will make medicine better.” When he took office a few years ago as Medical Director and CEO of the Essen University Hospital, he established digitalization as a corporate objective, and thus paved the way for the “Smart Hospital.”
As Prof. Dr. Werner sees it, hospital digitalization provides greater patient safety because there are fewer sources of error – since doctors and nursing staff can concentrate better on their core tasks. “Medicine today has a problem with processes and structures, not with knowledge,” he explains. “We have the knowledge, but we don’t draw on it enough. And yet it could help us take medicine a big leap ahead.”
About the speaker
Professor Jochen A. Werner, CEO of Essen University Hospital, and his team are paving the way to a ‘Smart Hospital’ that uses a range of digital applications. These include AI, computer-assisted surgery, and a robotics center. In a personal talk, Professor Werner, thought leader and key influencer in the industry, shared insights into how he is leading Essen University Clinic on its path to digital transformation.