Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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30 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 mcdmag.com By Von Lambert & Dave Powers N ew hospitals increasingly rely on technology and digital systems to facilitate their clinical, operational and business processes. While investments in new technologies are essential, hospitals must also be careful to avoid risks and challenges. The best way for any healthcare institution to avoid problems is by addressing these issues — and planning for the future — from the very outset of a project. For example, imagine a passenger on the newest and fastest airplane — but the pilot has never landed it, the main- tenance crew didn't fi ll it up with enough fuel to reach the intended destination and the radio system was not synced with the ground support team. As crazy as that seems, this is how hospital owners can feel when transitioning from older build- ings to brand-new facilities. It is diffi cult for hospitals to budget for new medical equipment and building systems, which can be operationally overwhelming. Along with a higher quality of care, new digital systems also have a learning curve. It takes time for clinical and operational staff to transition from older methods and gain familiarity with new technology. A lack of proper planning can lead to staffi ng defi cits, underfunded budgets that may com- promise the design intent and/or ineffi ciencies caused by the From Dark Ages to Digital Age Managing growth and technology in today's healthcare facilities

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