Presentation Title: Disruptive Innovation: Is it time to re-think our healthcare design strategies?
Event: Healthcare Design Expo & Conference 2016
Presentation Date: November 14, 2016
Event Location: Houston, Texas
Dr. Anderson co-leads a round table session with Dr. George Taffet, MD, FACP, Chief, Geriatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital, to discuss the impact of space design on geriatric patients and clinical staff.
Healthcare design’s recent revolution towards improved patient experience and care delivery has remained similar for several decades. Hospital activist Dr. Leland Kaiser stated that “The hospital is a human invention and as such can be reinvented any time.” Given that there is no therapeutic value to strict bed rest, which can in fact be detrimental and lead to deconditioning- most notably in the elderly population, should the patient bed continue to be the focal point around which we design the room? Hospital corridors are already dynamic spaces of patient physical therapy, multidisciplinary team rounding, family discussions and infection control practices. Can a hospital corridor become more than a long narrow space with equipment spilling over and laundry bins scattered throughout? The notion of separating patient and staff circulation has become best practice in healthcare design over recent years. With healthcare moving in the direction of the patient becoming the advocate of their own healthcare and clinicians providing the expertise to aid patients in their decision-making, should the physical design separate what the clinical model is trying to unify? It may be time to disrupt our current design thinking and reinvent some best practice design trends.
- To challenge current healthcare design thinking through the integration of medical knowledge and upcoming clinical trends.
- Outline new ways of thinking about the space needs of clinicians by considering staff utilization of space given changing medical practices, including areas for information transfer and multidisciplinary rounding practices.
- Understand the geriatric patient needs and how to accommodate complex chronic illness models within the built environment.
- Review circulation and flow patterns of clinicians, patients and visitors in order to discuss the on-stage/off-stage model of wayfinding within an acute care space versus the ambulatory care model.