UBC Graduate Research

Healing Village : Reconceptualizing the Rural Hospital Benner, John


An escalating factor affecting the fundamental ability for healthcare institutions to provide aid to their respective communities is the growing scarcity of available physicians and nurses. This problem becomes intensified when considering the geographical landscape of urban density, in which more rural communities experience increased difficulty in staff retention. Through the speculation on the digitization of healthcare and our dependency with future automated technologies, we will be able to address healthcare practitioner shortages in rural hospitals by encouraging a hybridization of both in-person and automated practices. By pursuing a hybridized approach, the existing perception of hospitals being cold and lifeless institutions can be challenged through creating better opportunities for higher staff retention and its redirection for more direct care activities.

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