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Designing For Medicine’s Next Frontier

December 18, 2014     Christina Grimes

Biofabrication, or the 3-D printing of human tissue, might sound like science fiction. But the field of regenerative medicine stands to radically change the way healthcare is delivered in the future, calling for designers to create spaces that support what’s next. 

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Study On Decentralized Nurses’ Stations Yields Surprising Results

December 4, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Researchers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago studied the effects of switching from a central nurses’ station in its old facility to decentralized stations in the new building, which opened two years ago. Some of the results caught the researchers--and their Healthcare Design Conference audience--off guard.
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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.
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Here Come The Millennials: Engaging A Generation By Design

November 25, 2014     Christine Devens

Designing healthcare spaces for the Millennial generation as patients calls for innovation—in particular, taking a page out of Apple’s book in how to design an authentic, transparent, and personal experience.

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Healthcare Design Honors The Year’s Top Projects, Individuals At Awards Ceremony

The HCD 10.
November 17, 2014     HCD editors
See the full list of winners for the Healthcare Design Showcase, Remodel/Renovation Competition, Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Communities, and The HCD 10.
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Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Plants With Purpose

Terrace Garden at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
November 12, 2014     Larry Beresford
A half-million-dollar grant funds a new garden at the Portland, Ore., facility with the express goal of studying nature’s effect on healing.
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What's Next For Patient Room Design?

November 12, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
NXT Health’s Patient Room 2020 prototype made waves through the healthcare design industry when launched last year. In this installment of Healthcare Design's special report on the patient room, NXT Health executive director Salley Whitman talks about the model and how the concepts proposed continue to evolve and push patient room design forward.
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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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What Designers Need To Know About Healthcare Reform’s Next Step

November 5, 2014     Eileen B. Malone and Ellen Taylor
The Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, became effective in October, and it’s important for designers to understand the built environment’s role in helping providers answer this next reform challenge.
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More Support For A Room Of One's Own

October 29, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Evidence mounts in the case for private patient rooms for even the youngest occupants, as recent research shows improved outcomes for single-family room NICU patients at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

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Research Tools For Healthcare Design

October 22, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery

After identifying a healthcare design problem, it’s time to see if there’s existing evidence that might provide a solution. If not, designers will need to conduct their own research, and there are several tools available to get the job done.

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EBD Theory Becomes Practice At WellStar Paulding Hospital

October 21, 2014     Sara O. Marberry
The new WellStar Paulding Hospital in Hiram, Ga., is steeped in evidence-based design to create a space that showcases healthcare’s proven best practices.
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Are You Top 10 Material?

October 10, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOV. 21: 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.
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PHOTO TOUR: University of Delaware's Health Sciences Complex

October 3, 2014     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Take a visual walk through the wellness facility in Newark, Del., completed in January 2014.
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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.
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