The traditional ambulatory environment is facing increased pressures from retail health clinics and other non-traditional competitors. Increasingly, consumers are entrusting their healthcare with non-health sectors.
To say that 2020 was difficult for hospitals and health systems would be an understatement. The industry is at a pivotal point of disruption. We see four major trends emerging that will affect healthcare design in 2021.
The pandemic has hit all the soft spots of the supply chain, from procurement and transport of raw goods to how we rethink our inventory. “Just in time” may not be the right time for the present or the future.
Hearing the phrase “Day in the Life (DITL)” during the activation of a new healthcare space is common, but what does that really mean? The first day of operations isn’t the time to find out something major is missing in the new space.
In today’s telehealth world, we’re seeing a demand for services to be brought into our homes, but since surgery is a service that can’t be done remotely, we haven’t heard much about how this changing dynamic will affect the surgery arena.
You don’t necessarily have to be in the healthcare industry to see that COVID-19 has changed the way we approach the delivery of healthcare services. With disruption comes positive change, and one area seeing momentum is within the adoption of telehealth.
We’ve heard the expression “Hindsight is 20/20,” but that doesn’t mean we have to move forward blindly. Artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics are increasingly helping us better anticipate the future and, from a population health perspective, are informing tools to aid in disease prevention and locate areas that need healthcare resources.
For new initiatives to stick and truly make an impact, change management is a must. When working with new construction, arguably a system’s largest initiative, change management should be at the forefront of your discussions.
The one thing that the current pandemic is teaching us is that technology is going to play a larger part in how healthcare is delivered in the future. Specifically, technology will have a significant impact on the square footage requirements within the acute care perioperative space.
Outside of “How do I (the hospital) improve first case on-time start and room turnover?” the next most asked question for surgeries is, “Do the metrics include our flip rooms, and how is providing more than one room to physicians affecting those metrics?”
The sheer volume and clinical complexity of the healthcare supply chain creates vulnerabilities and infrastructure strains when confronted with issues such as a pandemic. Health systems must plan appropriately for disruptions in their supply and prepare to meet patient care demands.
The top priority when reopening hospital departments is staff and patient safety. There are a number of steps you can take to create a safe environment for reintroducing programs that have been reduced or closed during the COVID pandemic.
Many are delaying shifting to telehealth because they are overwhelmed by creating the perfect environment for providers and patients. In the end, waiting to execute a telehealth plan until it is absolutely perfect will just hinder the transition.