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October 19, 2017

The Scoop

How to Be a VIP

It's hard to believe that Healthcare Design Expo & Conference is only three weeks away! I look forward to every aspect of this conference from the pre-conference sessions and tours to the social events and keynote presentations. The Center will have two conference booths this year - one on the main conference level and one in the Expo Hall.  I invite you to visit and enter to win a Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker at our main conference level booth and vote for "What Keeps You Up at Night?", a poll sponsored by Gerflor in our Expo Hall booth.  

One of the conference highlights for me is The Center's VIP reception. This is a chance for The Center to show appreciation for all our members who represent the very best about our industry. It is this prestigious community who is fostering the EBD movement and advancing our work through their support and we always look forward to seeing everyone and celebrating the year during this reception. This year's VIP reception will be on the evening of November 11, 2017 and will be extra special as we will be recognizing the inaugural Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Awards winners. This award recognizes the use of an evidence-based design process in the pursuit of increasing value, improving outcomes, and engaging stakeholders. Awards will be given to projects submitted in September that show exemplary achievement across the touchstones of the EBD process: collaboration, evaluation, and sharing. I am looking forward to recognizing each of these award winners. 

Our members meet not only at this annual event, but also throughout the year as our guests at regional networking receptions, that include one-hour CEU sessions. They also have access to more in-depth online information and resources, participate in higher-level learning opportunities, obtain greater visibility in the industry to meet their professional and business objectives and also enjoy discounts on most CHD products and educational tools. If you or your organization is not yet a member, I encourage you to contact Lynn Kenney, our Director of Industy Relations to learn of membership options and decide which is best for you.  All members will receive an invitation to join us in Orlando, Florida at our VIP reception at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.  

If you are looking to acquire some CEU credits before year end, here are some of our upcoming opportunities to get on your calendar:

In the Insights and Solutions section of our website, we offer the resources and tools that will provide you with knowledge that's actionable, knowledge you can quickly incorporate into your projects, along with the latest industry news to see what others are doing. Here are just a few of the open resources you can find there:

As always, let me know what tools and resources are helpful to you, and we'll feature them in our future newsletters.

Be well,

Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO


Industry News Briefs

Designing Health Care's New Front Door

Once concentrated in a central hub, health care services are moving outward — into retail spaces, clinics, wellness centers, homes, schools and corporate spaces.

People are more likely to seek health care services if it is convenient, whether they live in rural, suburban or urban locations. By identifying underserved market segments, health care organizations are able to establish a front door to the system and direct patients to additional services as needed. 

Through this outmigration of care focused on convenience, providers are offering the promise of better service and better health for an increasingly diverse population. 
Health Facilities Management, more . . .


Healthcare Facility Consults Staff on Design Questions

Woman's Hospital in Louisiana has endured much in recent years, from hurricanes and floods to state budget cuts and the construction of a $327 million facility that left some employees worried about its financial future. 

But it has managed to thrive through uncertainty in large part by communicating with employees every step of the way. 

When the Baton Rouge hospital broke ground on its new facility in 2008, some employees thought the move was financially risky and questioned the need for a new building, so hospital leaders tried to get them excited about the project by making them part of the process. 

They consulted with staff on the design before the architectural plans were drawn, from the size and configuration of patient rooms to the bricks on the façade to the waiting room furniture. 
Modern Healthcare, more . . . 


Emerging Global Trends

While funding, utilization rates and strategies for growth vary across the heath industry, a growing cohort of healthcare clients in the Middle East, Asia and India are benchmarking with leading healthcare institutions in North America, Western Europe and Australia. Clients with facilities in these areas historically had a narrow focus to address “the big three” of shortages: beds, skilled clinical staff and medical technologies.

Today the confluence of a progressively competitive marketplace and globalization is resulting in an increasing number of discerning patients and providers seeking value from health systems in these international geographies. The industry is experiencing a shift as global clients with facilities in these nations are instructing healthcare designers to place equal emphasis on patient experience, clinical care, quality, safety and revenue capture. The shift is influenced by several drivers. 
Medical Construction & Design, more . . . 


Patient Experience as Top Priority

In the medical field, one of the only constants that can be counted on is … change. Between medical advancements, progressive technology, legislative updates and population shifts, adaptation is key for those who work in or support the medical field. Two of the fastest-growing specialty markets in healthcare — orthopedics and skilled rehabilitation — have significantly altered their standards of practice in response to these growing demands. Following the healthcare law, there has been a noticeable increase in patients flowing from orthopedic centers into skilled rehabilitation facilities. Updated services come with this shift to better accommodate the ways in which these specialty medical centers care for patients.

With a focus on wellness and affordability, one of the mandates resulting from the healthcare law’s reimbursement structure is for patients to undergo physical therapy prior to surgery as a first step to helping resolve health concerns. Coinciding with the legislative mandates, orthopedic centers are also seeing an increased demand as baby boomers continue to age and medical technology advances.  Medical Construction & Design, more . . .








Get Registered for Special Sessions at the HCD Expo & Conference

Going to Healthcare Design Expo & Conference?  Once registered, you can reserve your spot in the EBD coaching pre-conference workshop that explores the practical application of evidence-based design into your projects. Then, get prepared for the EDAC Exam with a comprehensive study session taught by industry experts.  

Saturday, November 11

W01 - Coaching Workshop, Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design​
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

​This unique workshop is an excellent opportunity to bring EBD concepts into practice, offering an introduction to EBD as well as personal consultation about how to integrate the EBD process into your project(s).​

W06 - EDAC Examination Preparation Workshop
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

This comprehensive study session prepares you to take the EDAC exam by offering general information about the exam, the types of questions on the exam, a detailed review of the three study guides, an overview of the five domains included on the Exam Content Outline, a summary of key concepts, and time for Q&A.

Monday, November 13

EDAC Exam 
A17 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
A21 5:00 - 7:00 PM

HCD conference attendees have the opportunity to take the EDAC Exam at conference and take advantage of a 10% discount + risk free offer - you can retake the exam once at no charge if you do not pass.  



Webinar: Practical Tips for Integrating EBD into the Traditional Design Process

Knowing when and how to integrate evidence-based design (EBD) into the design process can be a challenge.   This webinar provides practical tips for searching for, evaluating, and using evidence in the design process. The speakers discuss how to use the evidence in design decisions, how to measure the effect of your design on outcomes, and how to share your projects’ findings as evidence for others to use in EBD.  

Enjoy this free resource here.



We invite you

to a webinar - How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love My Robot Doctor

Remember doctor’s visits when you were growing up? The wooden tongue depressor. The well-worn stethoscope. That weird thing they jammed in your ears. And now, young children are getting about that same treatment. But that is going to change.

As design harnesses digital, materials, and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon. Proactive, lifestyle design, tracking real-time health data, non-invasive tools and custom “just for you” treatments based on your actual genome, are here. These are all real technologies, being used by ordinary people. Together they are leading us to “stage zero” detection and treatment which has the potential to double or better the lifespan of every first-world citizen. Not science fiction, the children of the 2020’s will only know this reality. Tongue depressors will be limited to school craft projects and popsicles. And it is all the product of technology and design.

This webinar will highlight to the macro factors shaping these realities, along with an in-depth exploration of the various impacts of and opportunities for design.

Worth one EDAC/AIA continuing education unit, this webinar will:

  • Explore how smart phones are opening access to primary care.

  • Learn how bathrooms are becoming healthrooms

  • Re-envision the way patients interact with clinicians, pharmacy, the healthcare system, and each other, and their implications for design.

  • The need and impact of one human, one health record

More information here.

What Keeps You Up at Night?

Each year Healthcare Design Expo & Conference attendees are invited to share with us their most challenging issues.  We set up a fun way to vote what top three things, from a choice of 25 issues, are the ones that your organization is currently addressing or will be addressing in the near future. The results from this informal survey help to inform what tools and resources may be most helpful in the coming year.

Please visit our Expo Hall booth #837 to make your voice heard!

Sponsored by: 

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. 

Patient-Centered Medical Home Design Evaluation Checklist 

This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with patient-centered medical home principles/goals and how environmental, operational and people measures can be implemented to achieve said goal.

On-Demand Webinars

Need CEUs?  Our on-demand webinars provide the latest trends, tools, and resources for improving healthcare environments.  Earn one AIA/EDAC CEU.




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