OBSERVING the severe stress that the Covid-19 pandemic unleashed on healthcare systems around the world, Tarkett set out to investigate the hospital of the future: the challenges it will face and how it must evolve to best serve patients, medical staff, and the wider community.

In addition to undertaking extensive research into best practice design and the global healthcare outlook, Tarkett drew together a panel of 12 international experts to debate and share the latest viewpoints from across the healthcare community.

The resulting 70-page in-depth white paper, The Hospital of the Future: Challenges and Stakes, highlights the urgent need for a multidisciplinary collaborative approach to realise a fundamentally new model for the hospital of the future, one that is human-centric, efficient, flexible, and environmentally responsible.

Tarkett is making this white paper freely available to all as a contribution to the debate on the hospital of the future, sharing knowledge and helping drive forward-thinking among healthcare providers, consultants, designers, and suppliers.

This research will in turn guide Tarkett’s own product innovation strategy as it plays its role in improving healthcare settings, underpinned as always by its driving commitment to Tarkett human-conscious design.

Summary of key findings
Ensuring access to care and continuity of care whatever the context will be the main challenge of the Hospital of the Future as a result of:

Just as the Covid-19 pandemic revealed the weaknesses in healthcare systems around the world and created an imperative to address these weaknesses, it also accelerated the adoption of digital health technologies which will facilitate the radical level of change required.

A deeper integration of digital technology, a raising of the bar in standards of sustainability and an approach that is fundamentally human-centred will ensure the hospital of the future delivers high quality cost-effective medical care that meets the needs of patients, medical staff, and the wider community, now and for the future.

Tarkett says it’s committed to playing an active role in this transformation, continuing to innovate and collaborate with the broad spectrum of partners across the global healthcare community to realise together the greatest potential of the hospital of the future.