November 11, 2019

Designing for Healthcare

The healthcare industry is a complex system which can be confusing or stressful for its end users. Designers take this and many other topics into consideration when renovating or designing for new healthcare facilities. The data below is based on general hospitals with over 500 beds.

How often are general hospitals renovating spaces within their buildings?

All respondents stated renovations to existing space happen annually.

Where is the focus today when planning for healthcare?

The top three spaces were outpatient rooms, inpatient rooms and emergency rooms. The three least important spaces were medical record storage, convenience shops and administrative offices.

What trends are you seeing in healthcare?

The top trends include closer proximity of healthcare facilities to end users, patient rooms with innovative technology, bright colors and graphics in common spaces and for wayfinding, visually interesting ceilings for patients to look at when on their backs, and incorporating more biophilia and natural light.

What are current issues with healthcare?

Respondents said issues include delivering the right service portfolio at each location, reducing bacteria and infections, perceived quality of care based on building design, technology’s impact on design, designing for an aging demographic, and addressing employee satisfaction and patient wellbeing.

What are current needs in healthcare?

Current needs in healthcare are creating lean and agile facilities, getting away from the “hospital look,” reducing operating costs, and staying abreast of rapid technology changes and its integration into facilities.

How is healthcare planning for the future?

Creating multiple convenient general facilities and strategically placing fewer specialized facilities throughout an area is one way of planning for the future. Others include being mindful of flexibility in design, technology and processes due to future policy changes, and focusing on how to best serve the community today and in the future.

Today, healthcare facilities are reflecting changes in the way design is approached and that change is not slowing down. Technology, policy, innovation and wellness research are driving new ways to solve for the industry’s needs and issues. Designers focused on the end user’s experience are moving away from the dull, uninviting hospital look and creating warmer, brighter spaces with more natural light and biophilia to aid in health and wellness.


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