Evidence-based Design


Nailing Net Zero: Gundersen Health System

February 11, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Gundersen Health System’s new Legacy Building is the most prominent piece of its ongoing campus renewal project in La Crosse, Wis., incorporating aggressive energy goals, improving operations and patient/staff experience, and tying design into a scenic Mississippi River setting.

Designing Healthcare Spaces For The Human Experience

February 10, 2015     Patrick Thibaudeau and Kara Freihoefer
Measuring the needs of users, particularly staff, early in the design process will help shape environments that support satisfaction, well-being, and productivity.

5 Ways Healthcare Design Must Change

January 26, 2015     Dennis Kaiser

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.


Best Of 2014: Room For Improvement: Patient Room Special Report

December 24, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Healthcare Design's special report on patient room design digs into the challenges pressing the need for patient room innovation, the solutions that have been brought to the table so far, and what’s emerging on the design horizon. Click here to read the full report.

Best Of 2014: PHOTO TOUR: Fontana Medical Center

December 24, 2014     posted by Kristin D. Zeit

Take a visual walk through Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana Medical Center in Fontana, Calif., opened in May 2013.


Best Of 2014: Camp Pendleton Replacement Hospital Mirrors Military Traditions

December 23, 2014     Sara O. Marberry

Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, completed in November 2013, reflects the ideals of the patients it serves and raises the bar for military healthcare facility design.


Lighting Up the ED With Nature

December 22, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

A look at how emergency departments are bringing the healing properties of daylighting and views to the outdoors within their walls.


Take 5 With John Michael Currie

December 19, 2014     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The vice president of healthcare at Baskervill discusses the top five trends and issues getting his attention right now.

Putting Evidence-Based Design Into Practice

December 19, 2014     Sara O. Marberry

When designing the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, the project team developed an evidence-based design matrix that guided solutions created by identifying expected outcomes. The matrix was shared during a session at the recent Healthcare Design Conference.


Integration Of NICUs Into Hospitals

December 15, 2014     Gloria Cornell

As part of an IIDA traveling fellowship, I’m setting out in 2015 to get a global perspective on NICU design to see how design research is making an impact and see what the future may hold.


Healthcare Design Pulse: Cutting-Edge Emergency Departments

December 9, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
A roundup of the best, most interesting, and/or most innovative designs and trends we're seeing right now.

Palomar Medical Center: Two Years Later

December 2, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

After two tumultuous years of operation, Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif., still offers positive lessons in patient-centered and staff-supportive design, as seen in a facility tour during the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference.


The Wrong Way To Conduct EBD Research

December 1, 2014     Upali Nanda
The validity of evidence-based design depends on some fundamental research strategies—strategies that can be easy to overlook. Going back to basics can ensure your design theories are tested soundly.

New Seattle Children's Behavioral Health Unit Restores Normalcy, Patient Dignity

November 17, 2014     Megan Combs

Three panelists discuss the design process behind Seattle Children's Hospital's new behavioral healthcare unit at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego.


Calling For Backup In The Patient Room

November 11, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Evidence-based design has shaped the modern patient room in a number of ways, but there are still plenty of places where designers would like to have more research available to support design decisions. Read how research might shape future designs in this installment of Healthcare Design's special report on the patient room.
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