What if architects thought differently
about how they design and build structures used for outpatient services? If the
health care field has learned anything from the past two years, it is that
immediate change will happen whether the field is ready for it or not. Often
when change happens, there is a reaction or overreaction that promulgates a
solution that may not be necessary.
Change will continue to occur and can
be driven by a series of factors, not necessarily one cataclysmic event. Thus,
architects must design for the unexpected, allowing for adaptability when the
inevitable happens. These goals of resiliency and flexibility must address both
the ability to maintain operations and limit downtime amid a change event,
providing a reasonable value proposition to health care organizations.
Change agents and trends
Change agents that originate from
within the field and from uncontrollable external forces have resulted in
operational impacts affecting health care. Health care changes over the past 25
years include expansion of decentralized outpatient services away from acute
care campuses. This change is driven by consumer expectations, consolidation of
health care providers into systems and the competition for market share in
growing population centers.
landscape is seeing new facilities, ranging from outpatient clinics and
ambulatory surgery centers to health care in retail outlets such as Walgreens,
CVS, Walmart and Costco. The advent of the iPhone era that began 15 years ago
and the explosion of technology have impacted every aspect of both home and
business life. The impact to the health care field has led to minimizing or
eliminating paper records, improved and created new diagnostic tools, bolstered
the connectivity that has supported more complicated and emergent treatments in
the outpatient venue, and brought virtual care directly into the homes of
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