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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

January 12, 2017

The Scoop

Planning to be Flexible, Feasible and Future Ready

With the holiday season now behind us, if you’re like me, you’re deep into planning for 2017. Lists are being made, priorities set and a plan is almost in place. Here at The Center, there are a lot of great new projects in the works and updates to many existing one’s as well.

One new program we will be launching, called Content Collaboratives, is designed as small group deep dives into singular topics to both surface and coalesce knowledge we already know on a particular subject as well as identify the gaps in knowledge we can try to fill. Subject matter experts from other industries will be invited as faculty and participants so we can learn from others how they have successfully solved similar problems in their fields.

Collaboratives are designed to be highly interactive and participatory workshops geared to senior level healthcare and design executives. The first Collaborative, sponsored by Steelcase Health in partnership with Deloitte, will focus on designing ambulatory care environments that address the challenges of the future. Deloitte will host the event in their Greenhouse space, a setting specifically designed to encourage innovative and interactive learning.

Also look for new Insights and Solutions toolboxes on topics ranging from Behavioral Health to Emergency Department Throughput as well as additional resources being added throughout the year to existing toolboxes like Communication and Impact of Aging which are available free to all through partnerships with Steelcase Health and J&J Flooring Group.

Here’s to creating great things together in the coming year.

Wishing you all the best in 2017.

Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO

Doctors Office of the Future Could Shake Up Healthcare

On December 8, the first day Oscar's healthcare facility opened in Brooklyn, all of the available slots filled up immediately.

Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser points to that as a good sign of what's to come for the $2 billion health insurance startup's foray into physical healthcare spaces.

Oscar aims to be a more consumer-friendly insurance company that keeps all your health information in one easy-to-use and easily accessible place. The company opened the Oscar Center as part of a partnership with Mount Sinai that combines Oscar health insurance with Mount Sinai physicians.

The partnership came about when Schlosser saw Mount Sinai's ad in The New York Times that read, "If our inpatient beds are full, we failed." That began a series of conversations between Oscar and the hospital system that spanned two years — and in the healthcare industry, two years is fast.  Business Insider, more ...

Health Care Villages and Districts Create Caring Communities

As hospitals and health systems develop strategic facility plans for the future of care, many are following the edict attributed to architect Daniel Burnham: Make no little plans. Health care providers are working with architects, urban planners, developers and governmental bodies to create medically oriented, mixed-use developments that extend the borders of the traditional medical campus.

Anchored by health care facilities, these communities encompass elements like housing, retail, education, research and development, recreation, culture, social services, public transportation and active transportation in an environment designed to promote health and wellness. Healthcare Facilities Management, more . . .

Future Clinic Trends Pose Construction Implications

Considering the healthcare landscape’s uncertain climate, JE Dunn Construction recently partnered with HKS Inc. and the Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE) to answer one fundamental question: How do we design, not for a faceless future, but for an ever-changing present?

The team specifically delved into what the key drivers of change are in healthcare, then reviewed prevalent trends, assessed the facility implications of those trends, identified innovations through case studies, and filtered their findings into what patients and physicians want—all in order to develop a framework for a change-ready clinic. Healthcare is an ever-changing industry that calls for innovation in the design and construction process. One of CADRE’s many individual projects, Clinic 20XX responds to this call in a study that’s divided into five core components:

  • Literature review to identify key drivers of systemic change
  • Literature review to identify key trends in response to drivers
  • Case study research looking at three clinics that exemplified emerging trends
  • Survey distribution to 150 millennials and 150 baby boomers who had visited a clinic for the first time in the previous six months
  • Survey distribution to 100 family practice physicians and internal medicine physicians.

Healthcare Design, more...

Making Room for Cyberspace

Technology will not completely replace brick-and-mortar facilities, but it certainly has decreased the amount of traffic into and capital spent on these assets.

Banks, airlines, travel agents and the music industry all poured funds into technology infrastructure to meet changing consumer demand and keep pace with the competition.

Health care services are the next frontier in the physical space versus cyberspace equation as telehealth grows to challenge the field's traditional real estate assumptions. 
Healthcare Facilities Management, more...

Hospitals Experiment with Hospitality Industry Trends

As more people travel to receive healthcare, the hospitality industry has gotten wind of the trend and is situating more hotels near hospitals.

For instance, the Edge Hotel opened about a block away from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, which is located in an area where visiting patients often had trouble finding nearby lodgings, according to an article from The New York Times.

Ari Sherizen, the operating partner of Edge Property Group, which developed the hotel, said that much of its high occupancy can be traced back to the hospital. About 90% of its customers have had some connection to the hospital, including visiting professors and potential medical students, he said.
Fierce Healthcare, more . . . 


The Center’s work is made possible with the funding support of our Partner:



Jumpstart Your New Year -
Make Plans to Attend
EFA Expo & Conference
February 26 - March 1

With educational opportunities and strategies in creating functional, attractive design for senior care environments, you’ll gain valuable information, benefitting you and your entire organization. The conference sessions offer just-breaking information, case studies, and research findings addressing topics relating to the design of CCRC facilities, memory and dementia care and strategies for these unique living environments.

During this unique expo & conference you’ll be among like-minded individuals with common goals and objectives. You’ll be able to discuss with peers what’s been implemented successfully, what roadblocks exist – and any new products or technologies utilized.

Hundreds of new innovations and solutions will be on display in an expanded expo hall, with suppliers on hand to answer your questions and demonstrate their products. Gain insight into new aging technologies, and deepen your knowledge of the industry with our ever-expanding group of exhibitors. Meet new vendors, connect with current suppliers, and discover new products specifically created for the design of senior environments.



Communication Resources Open to All

People treated in facilities where the setting is conducive to strong communication tend to give higher scores in patient satisfaction surveys. By focusing on the communication that occurs between providers and patients in a healthcare space, design can be used to facilitate and enhance meaningful interaction.

The Communication Toolbox is aimed at helping facility designers and medical professionals understand and implement the best possible solutions to support the challenges and opportunities brought about by the need for places and practices that support clear communication.  Key components for the Communication Toolbox include:

  • a comprehensive issue brief
  • an executive summary
  • design strategies
  • case studies
  • expert interviews
  •  lessons learned
  • a communication design tool
  • a webinar

Access Communication Toolbox resources here.

In partnership with:
Steelcase Health


We invite you

to take the EDAC Exam Risk Free!* 

Become EDAC Certified - the credential

  • recognizes your EBD expertise 
  • demonstrates your value as a team member
  • opens doors to cutting edge projects
  • improves communication and collaboration skills

To take advantage of the risk free offer,

  • Register for the EDAC Exam by 1/31/17
  • Prepare and take the exam anytime during the year
  • If you don't pass, retake the exam once at no charge

Click here to register and use code: HCD16XTP.

* this offer is for new EDAC exam registrants only. Certification must be completed within one year of registration (candidates are restricted to two retakes and a 60-day waiting period between exams). Free retake applies only to the second exam.


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.


EBD Journal Clubs

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) Journal Clubs are free, open to all and provide one EDAC/AIA CEU. These sessions provide opportunities to interact with authors who have recently published EBD papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as HERD and learn as they share ways to put their research into practice. 

The Winter Issue of HERD Journal - FREE!

To celebrate the launch of SAGE's new, improved website, all paywalls are down through January. So now is the time to get caught up on your reading and research starting with the HERDs newest issue.

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