Bringing high-tech to people: Moscow strives to improve healthcare

Bringing high-tech to people: Moscow strives to improve healthcare
Outpatient clinics within a short walk from home, introducing high-technology treatments and new standards of work… Read this mos.ru piece to find out how Moscow makes the latest healthcare solutions available to its residents.

Six new healthcare facilities have opened in Moscow since the beginning of 2018, including a new annex to the outpatient clinic on Beskudnikovsky Pereulok and an ambulance sub-station on Promyshlennaya Street. Both were funded by the city.

At the same time, private investors chipped in to upgrade a social rehabilitation and medical aftercare centre for war veterans, including service-disabled veterans, in Voronovskoye rural town near Yasenki village, and also opened an outpatient clinic in Vnukovskoye rural town. In addition, federal funds were used to build the Federal Centre of Cerebrovascular Pathology and Stroke on Ostrovityanova Street as part of Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University.

All in all, 82 healthcare facilities have been built since 2011, while existing institutions have benefited from upgrades and repairs, and have also received cutting-edge equipment. All these efforts have taken healthcare services to a new level in Moscow, enabling locals to receive quality care close to their homes, and often without having to leave their district.

Moscow currently offers all possible types of high-tech care. In fact, it is now easier for Moscow residents to access positron-emission tomography (PET) for detecting early-stage tumours, robot-assisted surgery and gamma knife treatments, as well as endovascular heart and vascular surgery.

In 2017, the number of patients who have benefited from high-tech care has increased four times compared to 2011. Not only did this improve the quality of life for Moscow residents, but it has also pushed life expectancy up to 77.1 years.

Quality care from the cradle (and even earlier)

Future Moscow residents benefit from quality care even before they are born. A wide network of obstetrics clinics has been created across the city, and women’s healthcare centres have been merged into the organisations of maternity clinics and hospitals. Maternity clinics offer state-of-the-art diagnostics and are newly equipped. Over the past few years, between 2011 and 2017, a total of 6,200 pieces of equipment have been procured, including resuscitation systems, neonatal intensive care units, ultrasound machines, humidicribs and other types of equipment.

Moscow currently has 27 obstetrics stations that are part of multi-specialty clinics. They can accommodate 3,600 patients. There are more single-patient hospital wards with private bathrooms and showers, and additional capacity has been added in pathology and intensive care departments for developmental care, including for new-borns with low or extremely low birth weight.

Construction is underway on a perinatal cardiology centre at Vorokhobov Municipal Clinical Hospital, as well as a neonatal department and a diagnostic centre within the maternity clinic at Vinogradov Municipal Clinical Hospital (formerly known as Maternity Clinic No. 4) and a maternity clinic within a new hospital in Kommunarka.

Moscow clinics go high-tech

Apart from maternity clinics, outpatient clinics in the district have an essential role, since this is where people go when they get sick. In recent years these clinics have started to offer a patient-friendly experience. Waiting lines have become a thing of the past. Patients can now make appointments from home, and screens have been installed near exam rooms to show the appointments.

Apart from maternity clinics, outpatient clinics in the district have an essential role, since this is where people go when they get sick. In recent years these clinics have started to offer a patient-friendly experience. Waiting lines have become a thing of the past. Patients can now make appointments from home, and screens have been installed near exam rooms to show the appointments.

In addition, medical institutions now use a single navigation system, and their staff is always available near information terminals to help patients make appointments. Playgrounds were created in children’s clinics alongside breast feeding rooms, and water cooler and vending machines are available in all clinics.

Moscow clinics have also become better equipped, and now have current-generation equipment for performing CT and MRI scans, angiographs, devices for performing ultrasound scans, X-ray machines and much more.

In Shchyukino, a six-storey building was built for Municipal Clinical Hospital No. 52 with a focus on offering specialised care to patients suffering from renal diseases and follow-up care for kidney transplant patients.

Peritoneal dialysis is among the clinic’s priority services. It enables people to be treated at home, while doctors can follow a patient’s state by video link. The medical centre is also a proactive participant in Moscow - Capital of Health project which consists of providing healthcare services to Russian nationals.

 

The outpatient clinic can serve up to 700 patients per shift, and has both an adult and a children’s department, as well as a day hospital. The new building has the latest equipment. People with low mobility can use ramps and lifts. City transport schedules have been improved to provide better access to the institution.

Two outpatient clinics will open before the end of 2018: an adult and children’s clinic with a capacity of 750 visits per shift in the north of Moscow (Begovoy District, 16 Leningradsky Prospekt), as well as Child Clinic No. 71 in the northwest (Marfino District, 1-3 Akademika Komarova Street), with a capacity of 320 visits per shift.

New life for hospitals

When outpatient clinics are not enough to treat a disease, people turn to hospitals. The number of hospitals increases by the year, as unique cutting-edge medical centres open in Moscow. For example, a new building was erected within the Morozov Children’s Mubicipal Clinical Hospital. It replaced a shabby 1930s two-storey building. Every year, the new building will offer hospital and outpatient care to 70,000 or 80,000 children and teenagers.

With the new facilities, the hospital can now offer new health services in emergency cardiovascular surgery, arrhythmology and organ and tissue transplantation, including bone marrow transplants. It is here that the centre specialised in treating strokes in children, the only institution of this kind in the country, it was established alongside a department for children’s heart surgery offering open-heart surgery.

Plans for another Morozov Hospital building are currently underway. It will host a proton beam therapy centre where children will receive proton therapy, a modern cancer treatment method. Up to 1,450 patients will be treated at the centre every year, including infants who will undergo procedures under general anaesthesia.

In some cases a new building’s construction is impossible, in which case existing structures are upgraded. Renovation of a surgery and intensive care unit within Filatov Municipal Clinical Hospital No. 15 was completed only recently. Its surgery and intensive care units were equipped with the most advanced devices with a view to performing planned and emergency surgery.

A new surgery department has opened in Loginov Moscow Clinical Scientific Centre, taking surgical treatment of cancers to a new level.

Visiting foreign clinics without leaving the city

Moscow residents will soon be able to make appointments with doctors from the best foreign clinics without leaving the city. The construction of the first pilot clinic for offering these services has been completed at the Skolkovo innovation centre, where a diagnostics centre operated by Hadassah, an Israeli healthcare organisation, was established. It will employ foreign, as well as Russian doctors certified by Hadassah.

The centre will have X-ray and ultrasound diagnostics departments (MRI, CT, X-ray, densitometry, mammography, ultrasound scans), an endoscopy division (bronchoscopy, gastroscopy, colonoscopy), a cardiology department (stress echocardiography, echocardiography, treadmill echocardiography), electroencephalography, neurophysiology, and gastroenterology, etc. The clinic will also have a diagnostics laboratory and a day hospital. Patients will be offered comprehensive and cancer screenings (check-ups), as well as exams for cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal tract, and other body parts and systems.