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The Disruptive Force of Technology Changing The Future Face of Healthcare

Technology plays a big role in our everyday lives. It is often a disruptive force that can change the way we function as a society and conduct business. This is also having a profound effect on the healthcare sector, enhancing the patient experience.  Read More …

HCI’s New Video Presents Innovative Solutions for Creating Medical Buildings That Exceed Expectations

A new video released by the Health Care Institute, an IFMA Alliance Partner, harnesses insight from some of today’s most seasoned healthcare leaders and presents bite-sized solutions for creating medical buildings that exceed the expectations of owners, clinicians and patients alike. Read More …

Planning: Integrating Keystone Experiences Into Holistic Design

Healthcare facility planning often focuses on programming, operations and patient safety as planners benchmark metrics to improve workflows and clinical outcomes. Rarely do patients’ emotions enter the planning equation. Yet a growing emphasis on wellness and the patient experience is adding new dimensions to the planning process as research links design to emotional well-being and clinical outcomes. Read More …

Toward a Silver Architecture: Optimizing design for geriatric patients

Last fall the New York Times carried an article by Louise Aronson, a geriatrician at the University of California, San Francisco, titled “New Buildings for Older People” (Nov. 1, 2014). She described her experience bringing her 82-year old father to a brand new healthcare facility at a leading medical center and the struggle that ensued as she led him with his walker into the clinic — including seating with no arm supports and long distances to the right destination within the building. No doubt she could have gone on listing issues with the design that made it difficult to navigate for someone like her father. Read More …

The Accessibility Experience: Going above and beyond the ADA

Life has become increasingly difficult for me over the past 23 years, as different parts of my body have stopped functioning. I live with a progressive neuromuscular disease, which has forced me to use braces, a cane, a manual wheelchair and, most recently, a power chair for mobility. Read More …

Designing for Dignity: Evolving approaches to planning behavioral health facilities

Clinical approaches to diagnosing and treating behavioral health and mental illness have been evolving over the past 20 years with ongoing improvements in treatment and medications. Often a misunderstood disease, mental illness is slowly losing its social stigma through greater public awareness and education. Read More …

Protect and Serve: Meeting the needs of today’s military populations

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, home to the 4th Fighter Wing and nearly 100 supersonic fighter jets, enjoys some of the military’s most advanced technology and equipment. The base’s medical clinic, which serves a community of nearly 13,000 people, is vintage 1950s. Read More …

Striking a Balance: Meeting present needs, future demands with preparation during design and construction

Begin with the end in mind, as recommended by Stephen R. Covey in his book on personal development, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” This concept also applies to the capital facility planning process. Aligning the guiding principles of design with the implementation of construction and the long-term effectiveness of operations will produce a highly effective facility. By defining the broad parameters and measurable metrics for success at the inception of the project, the owner can better control the end product.  Read More …

Prescription for Success: Practical, cost-effective strategies for achieving LEED-HC certification

With its new 72-bed addition, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has achieved what no other hospital has: becoming the first to earn LEED Platinum certification twice — first for the original structure completed in 2008 and now being the first in the world to achieve LEED-HC Platinum for its 2013 expansion, the W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower. Read More …

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