April 14, 2016
Rehabilitation Care: Preparing for The Future
Strategically planned bed growth in rehabilitation care is primarily being inspired by meeting the needs of baby boomers and beyond. On the inpatient side, emphasis on single-occupancy post-acute rooms is expected to continue, says Brenna Costello, principal and medical planner with SmithGroupJJR. However, it’s not just the size of that patient population and age-related ailments that are pushing growth. Healthcare Design, more...
The Academy on Architecture for Health Foundation Announces the George J. Mann Student Travel Prize
This award has been established in honor of George J. Mann, AIA, Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA Endowed Professor in Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M, to support travel expenses for students pursuing a healthcare architecture education. Applications will be accepted through May 22, 2016. More information here.
Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging
When Architect Matthias Hollwich was approaching 40, he wondered what the next 40 years of his life might look like. He looked into the architecture that serves older adults, places like retirement communities and assisted living facilities, and didn't like what he saw. But what if we changed our habits earlier in life so we could stay in the communities we already live in?
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5 Implications for Hospitals Now that Retail is Health Care's New Front Door
There’s a new front door to the U.S. health care system, and it’s not your hospital’s emergency department or doctors' offices.
A new report, released Wednesday by Oliver Wyman, says it’s actually retail health clinics, located down the street at places like Walgreens and CVS. While some docs may believe that there’s no comparison between the two types of visits, interviews with 2,000 individuals show that consumers feel differently. H&HN, more...
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Hospital air helps transmit antibiotic-resistant bacteria, study finds
The emergence of bacterial resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics poses a serious challenge to the treatment of various infections, particularly so if bacteria are spreading through the air in hospitals, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.
Authors of the study investigated the presence of beta-lactam–resistant bacteria in hospital air by collecting 64 air samples in four hospital wards. They screened for the presence of five common beta-lactamase–encoding genes. Becker's Healthcare, more...
Post-occupancy evaluation shows the benefits of evidence-based design
Monitoring and evaluating how a building performs, particularly when it comes to highly measurable aspects like energy efficiency and noise transfer, is common practice across the construction sector.
However, there is an ever increasing demand for wider insight into the human aspects of a building’s functionality, such as how a specific design or layout affects occupants. Construction News, 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...
Insights From Physicians, Patients Help Shape Future Design
It’s long been recognized that the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. doesn’t quite stack up against that of other peer countries across the world, ranking low comparatively on effectiveness, quality, and even healthy living, said Jim Miller, executive vice president of JE Dunn Construction—“We should not be proud of this.” Healthcare Design, more...
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