Discover What’s Next

November 14-17, 2015
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Washington, DC

Earn up to 23 CEUs!

The Healthcare Design Expo & 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 Expo & Conference, this is the industry’s best-attended conference where attendees can earn up to 23 continuing education credits, network with peers, and influence the direction of the industry as it advances into the future.



2015 Session Tracks


advancements aia clinical programming improving specialty ambulatory methodologies advancing occupancy behavioral employing employing
advancementsAdvancements in Evidence-Based Design Researchoffers 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.
clinicalAIA 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.
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.
programmingProgramming, Planning & Designaddresses 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 Experienceshares innovative and effective initiatives and methodologies that advance the patient/family experience and positively impact clinical and satisfaction outcomes.
specialtySpecialty Areas and Approachesaddresses 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.
ambulatoryAmbulatory Care Advancementsexplores new approaches and settings for the rapidly growing arena of ambulatory care as driven by public health needs and fueled by new policies.
methodologiesNew Methodologiesoffers new insights into research approaches and data metrics.
advancingAdvancing Patient Safetyprovides new approaches and initiatives that foster patient safety in a variety of settings and scenarios.
occupancyPost Occupancy Evaluationsoffers post occupancy findings from case studies in state-of-the-art facilities.
behavioralBehavioral Health Practicesoffers an overview of recent developments in behavioral health and the environments that foster effective care.
employingEmploying New Technologiesapplies technology to improve care settings and outcomes.
employingFacilities Managementhosted by the Health Care Institute (HCI) of IFMA, this track 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.


Looking Back and Moving Ahead

Healthcare Design Conference News

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The Value Of Lifelong Learning

June 15, 2015     Kevin Gaffney

The show director for the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference discusses why it’s important to never pass up the opportunity to learn more about the world around you.

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100+ Examples of Why Design Matters For Patients

March 6, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Program team members traveled through snow, ice, and subzero temperatures to convene in Washington, D.C., in February to select the Healthcare Design Conference educational sessions for 2015. It’s a solid lineup that demonstrates the power and practical necessity of good design.

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The 3rd Annual HCD 10 Winners Are...

February 2, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Now in its third year, The HCD 10 awards for outstanding individual contributions to the healthcare design industry honor some well-known names and behind-the-scenes giants.
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What Makes Someone Worthy Of An HCD 10 Honor?

January 27, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Success in the healthcare design industry can be measured by various parameters, and we consider as many as we can in selecting the winners of our annual HCD 10 awards.

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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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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.

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