Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Long-Held Healthcare Design Ideas

November 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic will change much of how we think about the design, construction, and operations of buildings. But in no other vertical market is that more true than healthcare facilities. 

A recent FacilitiesNet story by design firm Oculus explains two of these important evidence-based design changes: A move to a more touchfree environment, and the elimination or scaling back of waiting rooms.

From touchless temperature checks to voice activated and touchfree check-in kiosks or check-in with smartphone apps, healthcare facilities are implementing technology to eliminate as many touchpoints as possible. Patients are also being encouraged to make use of telehealth for routine appointments so they don’t have to physically enter a facility. 

Waiting rooms will be either eliminated or made much smaller and with more space between seats. Waiting rooms are notorious for being a “breeding ground for spreading germs,” the authors write. Instead, designers are looking at creating exam rooms with an exterior entrance, so patients can check-in online or in an app and go directly to their specific room. Telemedicine capability is also important for this design technique because it can help screen patients ahead of time. 

 

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