Design And Patient Satisfaction: One Study’s Misconstrued Message

March 2, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

Last week, headlines proclaimed that a new study showed that facility design has little effect on patient satisfaction—but the details of the study suggest otherwise. 

Travel Bug: Medical Tourism And The Role Of Design

February 25, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

Documentarian Morgan Spurlock recently tackled the trend of medical tourism, highlighting why it makes financial sense for many Americans. And when it comes to attracting patients overseas, the built environment, from aesthetics to operational support, is a necessary foundation. 

Innovation And The Design Of Healthcare Spaces: Next Steps Begin Now

February 24, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

The Healthcare Design Innovation Survey results are in, identifying and targeting the areas of our industry most in need of game-changing ideas. But where do we go from here?

3 Elements To Consider When Planning A Hybrid OR

February 23, 2015     Kevin Downey

Hybrid operating rooms are incredibly complex healthcare spaces to design. But the right planning with the right stakeholders will help simplify the process. 

Finding Room For Our Social Support Systems In The Care Process

February 20, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

If improving lifestyle habits and impacting population health involves taking a more family-centered approach to care, why are we still visiting the doctor by ourselves? And how can the built environment help change this?

Resolutions For A Healthier Built Environment

February 17, 2015     Rosalyn Cama

Mirroring commercial wellness trends, healthcare providers are entering 2015 focused on keeping people well rather than treating illness, inspiring the design of spaces that promote good health.

Not All Functions Need To Be In The Hospital Anymore

February 11, 2015     Gary Vance

It’s costly to house any service within a hospital. And thanks to advancements in technology, many functions don’t need to be on-site anyway. Here’s how to determine what could find a new home.

Here Come the Millennials: Hospital Design That Speaks To Young Caregivers

February 6, 2015     Christine Hester Devens

Millennials will be deeply engaged in healthcare delivered to both their boomer parents and their children, requiring a built environment that responds to expectations for transparency, mobility, value, education, and more.

Why Now Is The Time To Right-Size Healthcare Projects

February 4, 2015     Gary Vance

Although the industry has been touting the benefits of right-sizing healthcare environments for years, not everyone has embraced the approach. But thanks to new technologies and efficiencies in place, successful right-sizing is within reach now more than ever.

How To Determine If An Inpatient-to-Outpatient Conversion Will Work

January 28, 2015     Gary L. Vance

As healthcare trends more and more to outpatient services in lieu of inpatient care, healthcare organizations are exploring whether to build new or transition existing spaces. But how do you know if a building is a fit for conversion? Using an existing facility assessment to rate criteria and score feasibility will help the decision-making process.

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