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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

March 31, 2016

The Scoop

Internet of Things impacts hospitals,
health care facilities

Healthcare is an industry as much as a science. Innovations that enable the system to deliver better quality at a lower cost are as likely to come from IT, business processes, and design as from new medicines. Moving medicine fully into the digital world could be the linchpin of a more integrated, coordinated approach, if the technology can mesh neatly with the needs of patients, providers, and payers; existing business models; and the complexity of medicine itself.
Health Facilities Managementmore...

Can good health be good business? 
Business and health could be said to coexist uneasily; many see the quest to increase profits and control costs as antithetical to quality care. But business is also a driver of innovation and efficiency in healthcare. Four leaders of healthcare organizations discuss the challenges in trying to deliver both good business and
good health. YALE INSIGHTS, more... 


Freestanding EDs: The New Hospital
Front Door

One of the newest programs and building types being developed within the healthcare industry is the freestanding emergency department (FSED). These projects are growing in popularity as hospitals and
healthcare systems strategize ways to provide improved, responsive care in the most cost-effective physical environment possible. Healthcare Design
For more trends in Emergency Department design,
come to our workshop, more information here.

California Insurance Marketplace Aims
to Kick Out Poor-Performing Hospitals

California's insurance exchange is threatening
to cut hospitals from its networks for poor performance or high costs, a novel proposal that is drawing heavy fire from medical providers and insurers.
The goal is to boost
the overall quality of patient care and make coverage more affordable, said Peter Lee, executive director of the Covered California exchange, Health News from NPR, more...


Medical office buildings lead health
care construction growth

Led by an ongoing drive in new medical office building (MOB) construction, health care facilities overall are geared for continued growth in 2016 after the field’s strong 2015 for the industry, according to Revista, Annapolis, Md., a leading source of data on health care property and construction. Health Facilities Management, more...


Transitioning to Value-Based Healthcare: Building Blocks for Effective Analytics
The success of provider organizations is increasingly dependent on analytics to influence planning and execution. CIOs must update core analytics capabilities to keep pace with the intense demands for data and information needed to deliver quality care and conduct business under value-based models. Gartner, Inc., more...

Outpatient Construction Targeting Population Health Has Doubled
The Affordable Care Act is driving a trend toward outpatient construction as hospitals and health systems adopt population health management and better manage care across the continuum, construction and design experts say. Hospitals & Health Networks, more...





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Explore the Future of Emergency Department Innovation and Design

May 11-12, 2016
Chicago, IL

Work alongside expert faculty at the sixth annual Emergency Department Strategic Design workshop. A range of competing emergency department priorities, will be addressed including:

  • optimal patient flow
  • research-based process
  • physical design interventions and strategies to improve clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, and quality of care.


See the faculty, agenda and
ore information here.





The Knowledge Repository

A complete, user-friendly library of healthcare design resources that continues to grow with the latest research. Start with our Knowledge Repository for all of your searches for articles and research citations on healthcare design topics. Expand your search and find case studies, interviews, and other relevant resources by visiting our Insights & Solutions page. Over 450 key point summaries available.

Enjoy this free resource here.


We invite you
to take advantage of of the Spring EDAC Special

Register for the EDAC exam by April 30, 2016, and receive two useful tools:

(1) Perception of Cleanliness Issue Brief
Research shows that in the environment, cleanliness plays an important role in the perception of patient care and improving HCAHPS scores. The Center for Health Design’s latest issue brief examines how to define and measure environmental cleanliness and discusses how the built environment helps achieve “clean” goals.

(2) A Practitioner's Guide to 
Evidence-Based Design

Written by leaders in the field, this book bridges the gap between theory and practice in the design of healthcare facilities. It provides a practical reference guide for all who need to know how to improve the outcomes of patients by designing our healthcare facilities better through the implementation of evidence-based design.

 More information here.


Classic Resources
Free resources and tools to advance best practices and demonstrate the value of design to improve health outcomes, patient experience of care, and provider/staff satisfaction and performance. 

Clinic Design

A resource for community health centers and safety-net clinics undertaking a facility design project.

Design Research And Behavioral Health Facilities

One of the challenging issues in conducting BH research is the wide variety of potential settings. 

The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. Looking for ways to support our work? Contact us.

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