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.
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?
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.
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.
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.