Architecture - February 2013
As healthcare organizations pursue cost savings and market share, outpatient facilities continue to grow as a percentage of the facilities portfolio. Here are the top five outpatient construction trends to watch.
Healthcare design organizations are interested in developing funding for further research and standardizing research findings in accessible databases.
By combining electronic surveying technology with building information modeling (BIM) and 3D models, the design-build mechanical contractor for large healthcare facility was able to prefabricate systems, saving time and money while improving accuracy.
A new study shows that capacity by itself can drive hospital admissions, with findings supporting limiting the number of hospital beds to actual population needs.
Market trends are driving healthcare facilities design to focus on cost reduction and efficiency.
The ongoing need to do more with less has led many healthcare organizations to adopt the principles of Lean management across the system, from clinical care to facilities planning.
At Crozer-Keystone Health System just west of Philadelphia, the vice president of facility planning and development has been leveraging community-based outpatient facilities to cater to the healthcare consumer's desire for choice and convenience.
The trend toward using medical office buildings for higher-acuity care is likely to continue, so developers and designers will need to determine how the functional requirements differ from a hospital and plan accordingly.