ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, has released a new white paper, "The Future of Healthcare Design: Navigating the Challenges of Advancing Technology in Patient Care Settings," to help hospital facility managers and architects better understand the challenges of designing patient care spaces to accommodate current and future technologies.
These include budget and space constraints, unwieldy construction costs, and keeping up with rapidly evolving devices and equipment.
In the paper, available for free download, ECRI Institute’s medical equipment planning experts offer recommendations for planning and designing patient care areas, specifically operating rooms, imaging areas, and clinical labs—settings that not only require the most advanced technology, but represent the bulk of a healthcare provider’s capital requests.
ECRI Institute advises healthcare organizations to be flexible and plan for future space needs as equipment upgrades become available, and design with an eye on technology trends, such as moving imaging systems into nontraditional areas of the hospital.
To learn more and download the full white paper, visit ECRI Institute’s website at: www.ecri.org/designchallenges.