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A Universal Sustainability Code

March 30, 2012


The big news this week was that the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was published in its final form. Why does this matter to healthcare? Because the IgCC’s structure is code-like compared to other green design initiatives, like Green Globes or LEED for Healthcare, it will likely get more a more favorable look by jurisdictions wanting to formally install and […]

Foot Traffic Patterns Traced via Technology

March 29, 2012


Fast Company’s March issue portrays a diagram of Sporting Kansas City’s (the MLS soccer team in KC) hi-tech “wired” stadium, Livestrong Sporting Park. The stadium’s technology components were highly influenced by the CIO of the soccer club, Asim Pasha, and are based on the premise of a highly interactive fan experience using technology each person […]

We Heal Differently

March 24, 2012


A few weeks ago at the 2012 PDC Summit, I was sitting in a session which examined if and how private rooms paid for themself versus more economical (from a construction financing standpoint) semi-private rooms. The presentation was pretty thorough and I found the evidence compelling in support of private rooms. Toward the end, the […]

HC Design R&D Undervalued

March 20, 2012


Sometimes I hear a little cynicism pollute the air when a remark is made to the effect that ‘there’s no magic’ to healthcare design. There may not be magic at work per se; however, the role of progressive thinking, benchmarking and innovation on the design and construction sides of a project is often overlooked. In […]

Healthcare Culture Can’t Hinder Improvement

March 16, 2012


AirTran happens to fly where I need to go lately, so I have flown with them quite a bit. On a recent trip, I was watching the ground crew prep us for take-off and saw a very appropriate use of Lean design in action.  I looked on the ground and saw several areas striped off on […]

Count On (and Pick) a Cinderella

March 14, 2012


Three days ago was Selection Sunday, and today college basketball fans are deep into their research for filling out their NCAA Tournament brackets. Given the steep odds, I always marvel at sports pundits who give their predictions on who will win. This year I believe ESPN analyst Jay Bilas predicted his Elite Eight picks (the […]

PDC 2012 Review: Efficiency Will Rule

March 12, 2012


The annual ASHE Planning, Design and Construction (PDC) Summit is one of the largest yearly gatherings for those interested in what is affecting the intersection of healthcare delivery and design and construction. As blogged about in the past, each year I seem to recognize an unofficial theme that, although unstated and uncoordinated, permeates the discussions […]