Blogs

Infection Prevention: What Design Can Do

October 14, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
The Ebola threat underscores the need for all players in the healthcare arena—designers, engineers, and architects included—to do everything they can to stop the spread of infection within facilities.

Are You Top 10 Material?

October 10, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Nominations for The HCD 10 are open, and we’re looking for a few good men and women—and one outstanding organization—to honor for their accomplishments over the past 12 months. Here’s the scoop.

Designing For Men

October 2, 2014     Posted By Anne DiNardo
Most men are known for being reluctant to seek care until the last minute. But as the push toward preventative care catches on, can facility design entice men to be comfortable seeking care in sickness and in health?

Designing To Keep Doctors In The House

September 30, 2014     Sheila Cahnman
Physicians have expressed growing professional discontent in recent years, a trend that could affect outcomes and patient satisfaction. Have design decisions played a part in lowering morale? If so, how can it be repaired?

The New Parkland: Lessons In Practical Design

September 25, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
A tour of the new 2.1 million-square-foot Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas adds perspective to what defines appropriate healthcare design today, showing that creative yet sensible solutions can be identified, even for projects on the largest of scales.

Community Health: It’s Not Just A Numbers Game

September 25, 2014     Abbie Clary
To truly measure a community’s need for healthcare services, it’s important to look beyond quantitative and even qualitative data to define what health and wellness means to residents, and how that can be supported by the built environment.

Using Psychiatric Facility Design To Inspire Integrated Care Spaces

September 18, 2014     James M. Hunt
In order to answer the industry push to treat both general and psychiatric patients in one location, the proper physical environment to support integrated care is essential. In order to make these spaces safe—and attractive—for all, there’s plenty to learn from design solutions already being applied in psychiatric care settings.

Signs Of Life In A “Comatose” Industry

September 17, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
After decades of operating as an industrial system that “contributes to problems it’s there to solve,” the U.S. healthcare industry is starting to wake up, said Robin Guenther of Perkins+Will, speaking at TEDMED. An important step in the process: Buildings that do no harm.

Can Healthcare Design Help Tackle Obesity?

September 16, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Despite widespread publicity about the growing problem of overweight adults and children, rates are still rising—both in the U.S. and abroad. Is it time for design to step up and offer some game-changing ideas to address this issue?

Healthcare Design Showcase Captures Moments In Time

September 12, 2014     Debra Levin
The annual Healthcare Design Showcase serves as a yearbook for the healthcare design industry, highlighting trends and hinting at future innovations.
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