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The Healthcare Design Conference is the premier event devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities now and into the future. With roughly 4000 participants at the Healthcare Design Conference, this is the industry’s best-attended conference where attendees can earn up to 21 continuing education credits, network with peers, and influence the direction of the industry as it advances into the future.

2014 Session Tracks

advancements clinical aia perspectives programming improving specialty designing ambulatory optima lean construction renovations facilities
advancementsAdvancements in Evidence-Based Design Research—offers juried research studies that span the healthcare design environment. Learn the methodologies and approaches, hear the outcomes, discuss their applications, and focus on next steps.
clinicalClinical Perspectives—offers a focus on clinical perspectives and knowledge as they relate to healthcare design. Although CE certified for nursing clinicians, these programs are applicable to all attendees.
aia AIA AAH Forums—addresses critical topics related to major issues and trends in health facility design. A favorite among attendees, this series is brought to you by the AIA AAH, noted thought leaders in the industry.
perspectivesRethinking Women's and Children's Healthcare Spaces—outlines breakthrough thinking in the unique arena of pediatric healthcare and advancements in women-focused healthcare design.
programmingProgramming, Planning & Design—addresses a myriad of case studies, methodologies, and outcomes in the healthcare built environment processes. This track offers tools, techniques, and approaches that lead to success.
improvingImproving the Patient and Family Experience—shares innovative and effective initiatives and methodologies that advance the patient/family experience and positively impact clinical and satisfaction outcomes.
specialtySpecialty Areas and Approaches—addresses an array of population groups with unique care needs (e.g., oncology, spinal cord, etc.) as well as specialty care areas (e.g., ED, trauma, clinical units). These niche sessions offer models for developing patient-centric, outcome-oriented, and cost-effective care settings.
designingDesigning for Wellness—offers innovative models and approaches that help us reimagine how health infrastructure can improve patient outcomes and support a comprehensive model of wellness.
ambulatoryAmbulatory Care Advancements—explores new approaches and settings for the rapidly growing arena of ambulatory care as driven by public health needs and fueled by new policies.
optimalOptimal Operations—offers case studies and stories of healthcare organizations that have employed various strategies to improve operations. Attendees will learn about effective approaches, processes, hurdles, and solutions.
leanLEAN Methodologies and Simulations—discuss LEAN concepts, approaches, process implications, and methods for simulations—all rapidly becoming an imperative to successful healthcare organizations and systems.
constructionConstruction and IPD Processes—offers case studies and stories of healthcare organizations that have employed various strategies to advance their construction and IPD Processes. Attendees will learn about effective approaches, processes, hurdles, and solutions.
renovationsRenovations and Conversions—presents state-of-the-art examples where new ideas, frameworks, concepts, and approaches have been successfully deployed to renovate and/or transform structures for a completely new purpose.
facilitiesFacilities Management—hosted by the Health Care Institute (HCI) of IFMA, this track is led by noted experts in the field of healthcare facilities management. Discover an array of topics that cover the spectrum of FM and today’s critical issues.

Healthcare Design Conference News


Designing Psychiatric Units for the Geriatric Population

November 18, 2014     Megan Combs
Three panelists presented on blending physical and mental health into one geriatric facility on Nov. 16 at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego.

What Would Pediatric Patients Spend Their Design Dollars On?

November 17, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
When the design team behind the new Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children expansion in Delaware asked children what mattered to them in the design of the new inpatient space, what they heard surprised them. The results were shared during a session at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego.

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.


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.

Graffiti Artist Erik Wahl Dazzles Healthcare Design Conference with Performance Art

November 17, 2014     Megan Combs

The opening plenary speaker for the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego, Wahl performed much of his show by painting and interacting with the audience.


Designing Healthcare Buildings That Support Patient Wellness

November 17, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor
Design can bridge the gap between what a building needs to achieve and the operations required to achieve it, in a new world that requires a deep focus on patient wellness. Read on for more from this Healthcare Design Conference session offering insight from both an architect and owner.
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