By Kara Freihoefer, PhD, NCIDQ, EDAC, LEED ID+C and Terri Zborowsky, PhD, EDAC
It’s no secret that healthcare organizations across the country are shifting more and more services out of acute care settings. The move makes sense on a number of fronts, not least of which is the ability to reduce costs and improve outcomes all while increasing access and growing market share.
The healthcare industry is continuously evolving as new codes and building standards transform facilities and care delivery. Among approaching code changes impacting healthcare campus planning are USP 797 and USP 800 pharmacy compounding requirements by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).
The USP requirements help practitioners adhere to tested procedures for safe medication compounding in a controlled, germ-free environment.
Kevin Day, HGA Healthcare Design Principal, and Diane Agee, CEO of Redwood Coast Medical Services, presented "Patient-Centered Care at the Edge" at the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo + Conference. In this Q&A, Day talks about his passion for healthcare architecture and innovations Redwood Coast and other providers are bringing to rural communities.
We are all getting older. This is evident in our lives and in our communities as Boomers reach retirement age. Yet today's aging population is not the typical retiree from the yesterday. People are living longer, healthier and more independent lives today. And they are delaying moving into environments for aging much later, instead choosing to remain independent as long as possible.
Sustainability and resiliency are common buzzwords today. But for healthcare facilities to make progress in these areas, it's important to take a practical, feasible approach that aligns with budget considerations. Thinking strategically about incorporating sustainability can help hospitals save resources and become more efficient.
The design of a new medical/surgical unit can cause mixed emotions among users of the space: excitement from knowing that an improved work environment typically equates to improved workflow but also anxiety regarding changes to staff processes and delivery of care. A classic example of this can be found in transitioning from a centralized to a decentralized model.
Hennepin County Medical Center's "high-tech, high-touch" North Loop Clinic in a renovated warehouse targets millennials.
The healthcare industry is undergoing major changes as reimbursements emphasize wellness and new technology enables patients to receive care remotely. Through these changes, the brick-and-mortar primary care clinic is gaining visibility as healthcare organizations find new ways to deliver services to where people live, work and play on-line and off-line. People are more likely to visit a neighborhood clinic if it is convenient--and therefore stay healthier and out of the hospital.
Gualala Community Clinic for Redwood Coast Medical Services in northern California.
CHALLENGES IN RURAL AREAS
As the national healthcare dialogue turns toward wellness, healthcare organizations are identifying new strategies to meet the needs of underserved markets. Rural areas, in particular, often lack basic resources taken for granted in urban areas.
Electronic telecommunications technology is expanding exponentially, increasing opportunities for mobile healthcare delivery. Fitbits, smart watches and health apps deliver healthcare data to our touchscreen fingertips on the go. We can track our steps, check our heart rate, access lab results and consult with a physician without actually walking into a clinic.