Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2017

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32 Medical Construction & Design | J U LY/AUGUST 2017 | MCDM AG.COM To respond to changing dynamics and forces driving healthcare, industry leaders study the paths of growth and change in an eff ort to match forecasts to hospital building plans. And to plan with a lon- ger and yet even more precise perspective, healthcare lead- ers, using clinical engineering principles, need to evaluate metrics and appropriate ana- lytics to develop customized fl exible solutions and decisive- ly allocate resources. Key considerations include analysis + inquiry, fl exible space + technology, resources + benchmarking and savvy + pre- cision. At the very core of these considerations is integration of all project stakeholders in planning, as well as creating fl exibility with spaces during execution of the project. Analysis + inquiry Analysis starts by measuring the population-based met- rics and asking a clear ques- tion: Does the hospital have a positive delta in the past and in forthcoming weeks, months and years based on their cov- ered lives modeling? If the positive delta con- tinues to grow, the healthcare institution is operating on the right trajectory. If the delta is fl at or negative, it is a sign that something must change and further probing is needed. SAVVY PLANNING Navigating growth, change with integrated planning and fl exible spaces From Top: Master planning in context with industry trends requires creative and fl exible designs that are adaptable to the constant changes in healthcare. > Healthcare leaders seek larger private patient bedrooms for inboard clinical functions, central patient functions and outboard family accommoda- tions in new family, patient-centered care models. BY THOMAS GUNN & PHIL L'ESPERANCE INTEGRATED SPACES ISSUE FOCUS

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