Author |Eduardo BravoSince first appearing in India over 3,000 years ago, the purpose of hospitals has been to help patients recover thanks to the development of protocols that enable efficient work, optimise resources, facilitate decision making and provide all the commodities to ensure the patient’s recovery is effective, simple and complete.As with any other human institution, hospitals have changed as society has changed, but it is with the creation of smart cities that the change has been most notable.In fact, if we take into account the principles that lie behind smart cities -such as energy efficiency, good administrative management, the safety of residents, the application of new technologies to solve problems, accessibility or sustainability-, hospitals have been, for years, little smart cities within Smart Cities.Hospitals have also adapted thanks to the important role played by another key pillar forming the basis of smart cities, which is the design of smart buildings. Buildings in which, apart from architecture, a discipline related to domotics is also essential; a discipline that goes beyond domotics, given its greater scope and complexity: immotics.Immotics is the automatic centralised control of buildings via computers. From the electrical installation, plumbing, and of course, lifts, operating theatres, thermostats in the different areas of the complex, food orders, drugs and consumables or monitoring patients, who will be controlled from within the building and until they are discharged.The fact that immotics includes a certain form of domotics, enables patients admitted to smart hospitals or their family members to control the lighting in the rooms, request assistance from nurses, choose a television channel or adjust their mechanised bed to make their stay more pleasant and comfortable.
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