DALLAS, Texas – HKS, Inc. has joined the Center for Health Organization Transformation. The design firm’s involvement will help to expand the dialogue on how the built environment can inform and support emerging models of care.
CHOT is an industry-university cooperative research center funded by the National Science Foundation and industry members. The organization is focused on producing major innovations in healthcare delivery — conducting research to support the implementation of Evidence-Based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations. The research model relies on the knowledge and experience of healthcare leaders and practitioners to guide academic research.
With a broad focus on models of cancer care, CHOT’s Texas A&M team will explore how facilities can support precise and personalized medicine. The research will be conducted by Texas A&M students in public health and architecture and be overseen by Dr. Bita Kash and Dr. Upali Nanda, director of research at HKS and executive director of the Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation.
CHOT researchers and healthcare practitioners have designed, implemented and evaluated new models of care delivery in emergency departments, in the OR as part of a coordinated perioperative care model, in the primary care setting and in the community for almost a decade. Innovations in care delivery should be followed by innovations in facility design for space to align with these new activities and requirement of emerging models of care.