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Project Brief
May 2019 Project Brief
Learn about: how a practical consideration of all the elements of the new hybrid OR helped guide design choices, the role Human Factors played in optimizing the new space, how process mapping and cognitive walkthroughs furthered the design team’s understanding of the OR’s people and processes, and how buy-in from key stakeholders led to the success of this project and laid the groundwork for future efforts.
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Project Brief
May 2019 Project Brief
Learn about: how a unit redesign for UW Health will serve as a prototype for future redesign projects, why the new unit must be flexible to respond to a variety of staff and patient needs, and how a multidisciplinary team used a range of observational findings and current literature to inform the overall design process.
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Project Brief
May 2019 Project Brief
Learn about: how a variety of approaches—including research, observation, and process mapping exercises—were used in conjunction to develop the new design plans, why the architectural team relied on existing staff, patients, and families to understand which needs to address in the redesign, and how envisioning the new center as a “house” could better support the needs of patients and families.
Webinar
April 2019 Webinar
By combining observation, interviews, simulation, and rapid prototyping, this team developed design solutions that help healthcare workers stay safe while engaged in challenging tasks. This webinar brings the experience of the healthcare practitioners who cared for Ebola patients during the 2014 outbreak and introduces a human-centered discovery approach developed by design researchers at SimTigrate Design Lab to define the design requirements of spaces where the risk of self- and cross-contamination is the highest.
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EBD Journal Club
April 2019 EBD Journal Club
Evidence-Based Design Journal Clubs are one-hour sessions that provide opportunities to interact with authors who recently published EBD papers or articles in peer-reviewed journals such as HERD. Learn as they share ways to put their research into practice. The objective of this systematic review of literature was to critically evaluate peer-reviewed evidence regarding the effectiveness of decentralized nurse stations (DNSs).
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Webinar
April 2019 Webinar
In this webinar, attendees will learn how the University of Virginia Medical Center was able to improve the patient experience and increase individualized patient care by moving its endoscopy department outside of the main hospital campus. 
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Interview
April 2019 Interview
Learn about: how Human Factors Ergonomics considers the interactions among staff members, patients, and equipment to support strategic design decisions, the importance of creating design mock-ups and developing case studies to test designs in various use cases, and the value of cognitive walkthroughs with staff, patients, and family members to explore operations in new or renovated spaces and identify areas for improvement.
Issue Brief
April 2019 Issue Brief
A White Paper Supporting the Healthcare at Home Interactive Design Diagrams  
Member Project
April 2019 Member Project
The new Saint Joseph Hospital is a 840,000 SF complete replacement of the existing hospital and presented the unique opportunity to create a new image and identity for one of Denver’s premier healthcare institutions. It features 365 single-occupancy patient rooms that promote patient privacy and family-centered care. An integrated unit supporting all invasive procedure services adds efficiency and functionality for staff while two new hybrid ORs offer expanded services in the specialty cardiology center. This project was completed by the design team of H+L Architecture/Davis – A Joint Venture as the Architect, in association with ZGF Architects, LLP as Design Consultant.
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Interview
April 2019 Interview
Learn about: how incorporating continuous improvement in the design process can benefit healthcare organizations, which Lean elements can serve as a framework for designers to approach a project, why design should be adaptive over time to accommodate changing needs, and how the evidence-based design process and Lean elements can complement each other.