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A medical testing site and smart clinics will be established in Tomsk as part of the “Digital hospital” project


The “Digital hospital” project was presented by Olga Kobyakova, Rector of Siberian State Medical University, at the press conference in the TASS news agency. Sergey Zhvachkin, Governor of Tomsk region, and Eduard Galazhinskiy, Rector of National Research Tomsk State University, also took part in the press-conference.

Olga Kobyakova explained that the aims of the “Digital hospital” project were to create a testing site for digital medical technologies and to develop a model of a smart hospital that can be adjusted to all Russian regions.

“IT technologies and cyberphysical systems are widely implemented in healthcare. These solutions are cost-effective and can increase life expectancy of the population. However, the technological progress bears big risks, including ethical ones, which makes us perceive new medical and engineering technologies as a challenge to healthcare,” Olga Kobyakova said.  

An open testing site will be established at SibMed. There medical professionals will test their most promising models: from artificial intelligence-based decision support systems to digital patients’ avatars.

Within the project, researchers will develop a modular architecture for technological solutions: every region or medical facility will be able to select a set of modules that will be relevant for them.

 “We launched a pilot project for developing soft and hardware modules, such as “Emergency Room”, “In-patient clinic”, “Laboratory and Clinical Diagnostics”, “Distance follow-up and rehabilitation”, “Decision support systems”, “Smart platform” and “Risk management”,” Olga Kobyakova clarified.

“Currently, our primary aim is to shape unified perception of smart hospital criteria. A smart hospital is a system where all key business processes are made digital. It has no barriers for information exchange: all applications and medical devices from different manufacturers work with data on a single information platform,” Olga Kobyakova added.  

The “Digital hospital” project implies systemic optimization and digitization of medical processes. As a result, the best science and technology, educational and clinical solutions will be united on a single platform. The key areas of interest are implementation of machine learning, artificial intelligence, Big Data technologies, neurotechnologies and Internet of things.