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Webinar
July 2018 Webinar
Specialized designs and technologies, often mandated by the ADA Accessibility Standards, are inadequate to meet the needs and abilities of older adults.  In contrast, universal design is an appropriate, but underused strategy for design for aging.  On the one hand, universal design is seen as merely another name for specialized designed, while on the other hand, it has been dismissed as an unattainable utopian panacea.  This webinar will trace the history of universal design, from its beginnings as a utopian concept in the world of physical objects and spaces, to the struggle for attainment through the often times contradictory Principles, to a practical reconceptualization in the world of emerging and evolving digital technologies. The webinar will describe what UD is and what it is not; why it’s potential to be a panacea for design for aging is unattainable in the physical world from which it emerged, and how it is poised to become a reality and fulfill its promise through the world of digital technologies.
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Webinar
June 2018 Webinar
How does healthcare facility programming change when new telemedicine technologies move the conversation from the need for flexible facilities to what facilities may become unnecessary? The most influential disruptive technologies have been virtual, redefining the roles of health professionals and forcing the design community to reconsider what kinds of facilities are needed for care delivery. These virtual care technologies are having significant influence on healthcare design because they demand very different kinds of facilities, and in some cases no facilities at all. This presentation will feature these disruptive telemedicine technologies and explore their potential to launch a virtual medical care delivery model that challenges the heart of our healthcare system—the patient-doctor relationship.
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Webinar
May 2018 Webinar
No one likes to wait, especially in a doctor’s office, where the person sitting next to you may have an illness you don’t want to catch. Yet how do you design a clinic and its workflow without a waiting room, where exam rooms are always free for the next patient, where patients make their own way through the halls, and where providers and staff easily know where to go next? In this webinar, you will learn about an innovative clinic design and care-delivery model, as well as the real-time locating system (RTLS) technology that supports it.
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Design Strategies
June 2016 Design Strategies
Technology is one of the most challenging issues in healthcare. The current combination of recent health reform laws, federal stimulus funds, and the ongoing wave of new healthcare technology can be described as a “tsunami” of sorts. Healthcare leaders are overwhelmed, as planning for the future of technology stands to transform many current care practices.  Successfully integrating technology means planning for today as well as anticipating future needs, and directly impacts the programming, planning, and design of all healthcare settings. 
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Issue Brief
June 2016 Issue Brief
As part of the technology toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about why systems approach is needed to successfully integrate technology into the built environment, implications of the socio-technical system framework on planning and design around medical technology, and the impact of current and future technology on the continuum of care. 
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Tool
June 2016 Tool
This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with technology principles/goals and how environmental, operational, and people measures can be implemented to achieve said goal.
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Executive Summary
June 2016 Executive Summary
Learn about: why a systems approach is needed to successfully integrate technology into the built environment, implications of the socio-technical system framework on planning and design around medical technology, and the impact of current and future technology on the continuum of care. 
June 2016 Related Resource
This list of resources is made of up of articles, books, policies, organizations, and more, related to technology. Use this list to learn more about this topic.
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Interview
May 2016 Interview

Learn about: the importance of cultural fit in choosing technology, the ways equipment and operational conversations go hand-in-hand, and planning for today while looking toward the future.

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Project Brief
April 2016 Project Brief
Learn about: Geisinger Health System’s efforts to create a new Hybrid Operating Room that flexes to accommodate different surgical setups and storage needs, how vendors working closely together around common goals can improve efficiency and maximize results, and the need to maintain flexibility in the built environment to allow designs to meet changing circumstances and incorporate improved technologies.