Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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Page 37 of 78 September/October 2014 | Medical Construction & Design 33 Evaluating costs Lastly, hospitals need to think broadly about the cost implica- tions of selecting and integrating digital systems and equipment. While hospitals may want to save money by buying specifi c pieces of diagnostic and treatment equipment from different ven- dors, they must also account for the additional costs of "transla- tion" equipment required to make various systems communicate effectively. Since most hospitals will source equipment from mul- tiple vendors, it is essential that these information streams are bundled into one language readable by existing and/or planned software, equipment and electronic medi- cal reading and records systems. This was essential at the Central DuPage Hospital Cancer Center in Warren- ville, Illinois. The two-story, 48,000-square-foot building is a new comprehensive cancer center that contains sophisticated equipment for the hospital's cancer treat- ment services. The new building consolidates cancer services previously scattered over multiple locations. The hospital had to contract multiple pieces of diagnostic and treatment equipment from a variety of vendors, including a CT, a PET CT, an MRI and a linear accelerator. Early in the budgeting and medical equipment selection process, the team worked with the client to select a viable software platform that could translate information into one language compatible with its electronic medical records systems and neighboring proton therapy facility. The team collaborated with the client's IT department to identify the hospital's needs, select the right servers and equipment and incorporate the installation into the design and construction process. Digital systems and equipment are here to stay. All new healthcare projects should start with an analysis and assess- ment that measure the value and cost of technology, includ- ing everything from clinical systems to business functions and facilities systems. Going forward, this will lead to sound fi nancial planning, strong project visioning and programming, high-quali- ty care and effi cient healthcare operations for years to come. ■ Von Lambert, senior project manager for Rider Levett Bucknall, has more than 30 years of healthcare design and operation experience. Dave Powers, senior project manager for Rider Levett Bucknall, has more than 20 years of project management experience, specializing in healthcare. 1.800.428.4065 TOLL FREE 5(9,7ÀOHVDYDLODEOHDWRXUZHEVLWH %DULDWULF+HDOWKFDUH/DYDWRU\ %HKDYLRUDO+HDOWKFDUH/DYDWRU\ ,QIHFWLRQ&RQWURO/DYDWRU\ Three New Healthcare Lavatories to Meet Your Needs © 2014 Willoughby Industries Inc. t o r i e s t o M e e t Y o u r N e e d s &RQFHLYHG WRPLQLPL]H OLJDWXUH SRLQWVIRU EHKDYLRUDO KHDOWKFDUH HQYLURQPHQWV 'HVLJQHG VSHFLÀFDOO\WR PLQLPL]H VSODVKLQJDQG UHGXFH WKHVSUHDG RILQIHFWLRXV GLVHDVH (QJLQHHUHGZLWK DOE ZHLJKWUDWLQJ DQGVSHFLÀF IHDWXUHVIRU EDULDWULF SDWLHQWVLQ KHDOWKFDUH HQYLURQPHQWV %+6 :%/ :,&6 The infusion center at the Cadence Cancer Center offers convenience for patients who require frequent infusions of medications, including those with central lines.

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