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.
Healthcare is evolving, with a heightened focus on greater efficiency and higher quality of care. This shift is requiring healthcare design to evolve, too. Here are five ways to rethink the way built environments are created and what they need to achieve.
With retail giants becoming major players in the primary care market, there’s plenty for traditional healthcare providers to learn from them when it comes to the planning, design, and operation of their facilities.
Morristown Medical Center isn’t just accepting the fact that more patients and family members are using online resources to get health information. It’s actively engaging in that conversation with a new retail concept that helps connect patients and staff with the latest apps and devices.
To avoid a siloed approach to creating the document that will shape any healthcare design project, consider all of the players involved in creating the total environment of care and the unique role they might play in the functional program.
Architects aren’t traditionally part of the functional programming process for a new healthcare project. But in order to achieve a holistic design that addresses all aspects of the built environment and the effects it will have on those who will use it; it might be time that designers have a seat at the table.
A number of healthcare market conditions are inspiring providers and their design teams to take a fresh look at the emergency department, with a few strategies emerging to bring new life to the space and make a lasting impression.
Cleveland Clinic’s Randy Geise and 13-year-old patient Brendan Watson share an interest in campus buildings, 3-D models, and knock-knock jokes. Their story is a reminder that design ideas—as well as friendships—can be found in unexpected places.
January 6, 2015 Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
From chronic disease and aging populations to the continuum of care and patient satisfaction, healthcare today is facing plenty of challenges. But designers are in a unique position to bring new ideas to the table to solve them, and one new university program is tasking students with just that.