ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Healthcare Design Magazine: Taking the Right Step

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.

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Topics: Healthcare, Research

Health Matters: Transforming the Neighborhood Clinic

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.

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Topics: Healthcare

Meeting the Healthcare Needs of Rural Communities

07.05.16
Kevin Day, AIA

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.

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Topics: Healthcare

Changes in Clinical Practice

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.

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Topics: Healthcare

Planning Successful Operating Rooms from an Engineering Perspective

By Krista Biason, PE, and Jeff Harris, PE

An operating room at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Kentucky.

I'm too hot, it's too humid. I keep hitting my head on the med gas drops. Why is that outlet box hanging from the ceiling? There are not enough receptacles, they are in the wrong place. There are not enough outlets in the boom. Why are the med gas outlets over there, how come the anesthesia boom is at the patient's feet, where is my integration system, and why isn't there a camera in the surgical lights?

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Integrating Keystone Experiences into Holistic Interiors

Keystone Experience illustration of Owensboro Health Regional Hospital entry.

OVERVIEW

Healthcare facility planning often focuses on programming, operations and patient safety as planners benchmark metrics to improve workflows and clinical outcomes. 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. By planning around Keystone Experiences, healthcare facility owners can gain deeper insight into patients' emotional needs to design holistic interiors that support workflow efficiency, clinical outcomes, and human well-being.

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Topics: Healthcare

What Came First: Distribution Equipment or Coordination Study?

What came first — the chicken or the egg? This age-old question has been perplexing society for generations. The electrical equivalent of this timeless dilemma is “What came first — the distribution equipment or the coordination study?” In the last few months, I have had many “discussions” with construction team members regarding this topic — most of them not too pleasant.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Up Close: Kara Freihoefer, Ph.D.

Research specialist Kara Freihoefer, PhD, and process engineer Brent Peterson, PE, recently presented "Lean on Research: The Merge of Two Methodologies" at the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference, where they highlighted Lean strategies combined with Evidence-Based Design (EBD) research. Below, Freihoefer summarizes key takeaways.

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Topics: Healthcare

Words Matter: Understanding patient vicinity and patient space per the NEC

If there is one thing I have learned while dealing with codes, it is that words do matter. A simple word like "shall" means something very different than the phrase "shall be permitted," a distinction that if missed often leads to confusion regarding implementation of a code.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

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