Why your next emergency room bed should be in the cloud

Peter Forte
4 min readFeb 17, 2020
Photo by Arseny Togulev on Unsplash

***This article originally appeared in Healthy Debate***

Hospitals sit at the heart of our healthcare system, acting as a vital access point for lifesaving and critical care. However, across Canada, an unfortunate feature of almost every hospital is a crowded emergency department (ED). With crowded EDs come long waits for the individuals and families wanting to access essential emergency services. The latest report from Health Quality Ontario suggests that individuals in Ontario are waiting on average 3.9 and 2.4 hours in EDs for more serious and less serious issues, respectively.

These wait times are the result of a number of systemic issues that our health system has been trying to address for years, but it fundamentally comes down to a restrictive and reactive care delivery model, which leads to a perpetual mismatch of supply and demand. Because of our continued dependence on physical infrastructure and in-person care, the dedicated individuals that work within our EDs are always fighting an uphill battle in terms of providing timely access to our citizens.

For example, if you show up to an ED today, regardless of how many patients are waiting with you or the severity of your condition, the ED’s ability to clear their queue and see you in a timely fashion will forever be limited by the number of…