December 27, 2010
Buildings December 2010 issue noted a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report which demonstrates how hospitals can achieve 50% energy savings in large hospitals. The DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrated how 50-60% savings could be achieved. Once again, do not feel intimidated; it does not take high technology and big dollars to do this (many […]
December 23, 2010
Whether formal federal healthcare legislation or the evolution of a far more competitive economic environment, hospitals will need to change their businesses to survive. Even hospitals currently healthy enough to continue business-as-usual will reexamine the status quo to react to competitors who have retooled and, in the process, become more formidable competition. Hospitals will need […]
December 22, 2010
In the past I mentioned some IT themes to prepare for on the design and business side of healthcare. Becker’s covers some myths behind Electronic Health Records (EHR) in this poignant post—especially good for administrators who have health records as their New Year’s resolution.
December 17, 2010
David Chambers, Strategic Facility Planner for Sutter Health, presented an excellent lean design seminar at the Healthcare Design Conference (HDC.10) last month. Lean has finally become an in topic; in other words, it is a mainstream discussion item as evidenced by the standing room only crowd. The popularity of this particular talk was a testiment to the quality […]