Innovative Models of Care for Hospitals of the Future

Document Type : Short Communication


1 Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2 Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, NSW, Australia


New ways of providing acute care outside of traditional hospital building complexes, such as virtual care or hospital in the home, are becoming more common. Despite this, many hospitals are still conceived as “bricks and mortar” centralised constructions, and few health service infrastructure organisations meet intensively with consumers or clinicians prior to conceptualising hospital design. Our study sought to understand the needs and expectation of community members and healthcare providers, and co-design innovative models of acute care to inform development of a new metropolitan hospital in Australia. Our study used a three-step approach, consisting of academic and grey literature reviews; a demographic analysis of the hospital catchment population; and a series of 20 workshops and 6 supplementary interviews with community members and local healthcare providers. We found that care should be tailored to the healthcare needs and expectations of each consumer, with consumers cared for in the community where possible and safe. We propose an innovative model of care for hospitals of the future, consisting of fully integrated acute care underpinned by appropriate digital architecture to deliver care that is community focussed. It is vital that new hospitals build in sufficient adaptability to leverage future innovation and meet the needs of growing and changing communities. 


  • Receive Date: 05 December 2022
  • Revise Date: 08 November 2023
  • Accept Date: 23 January 2024
  • First Publish Date: 24 January 2024