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Elder Patient Needs Begin with the Brain

August 19, 2014


For some time, I have been struggling with hospital wayfinding: how to make it better for our clients, and thus for hospital visitors. What I have found is wayfinding, like other big design problems in healthcare, traces its roots to understanding cognitive functions and how people process information, universally.  Wayfinding will be solved when we […]

Watson and A.I. in Healthcare

May 9, 2014


Smart phone applications are great, ever improving in fact, but for healthcare they seem to lack complexity and legitimacy.  By legitimacy, I mean an outstanding mechanism (data base / algorithm) to provide specifically essential and trusted insight.  Emergency Department wait updates are nice, but one-trick ponies ultimately.  And who (hopefully not too many) needs to use the […]

Design Intro for Telemedicine

April 20, 2012


Telemedicine is the process of using technology to bridge a physical distance between patient and caregiver to achieve wellness. And for a couple years, I have been eagerly reading and peppering telemedicine practitioners with questions in an effort to find out the physical design requirements for successful telemedicine implementation. What does the ideal telemedicine space […]

Info Sharing Leads to Progress

January 20, 2012


Every once in a while I read something that really makes me think about my stance on a core belief, and then totally change my own outlook. It is not often. I read a smart piece on healthcare in the Wall Street Journal this week on the future of personalized healthcare called “A Doctor in […]

Preparing for Robotics in the Hospital

December 23, 2011


In a blog post earlier this year for Healthcare Building Ideas, I looked at how automation appears to be the last great hope for efficiency innovation in construction, that is, in the field where the work is being done on each project. And not long ago the da Vinci robot was taking some surgery departments […]

Design-Build Widens Window of Opportunity

August 31, 2011


With any leading medical technology, four constraints limit how successful the technology will be. The constraints are efficacy / applicability, target patient population, advancing technology, and cost of production. For example, the constraints on a 128-slice CT scan would be:  its efficacy in its function toward its output, the patient population that can derive benefit from it, […]

Brave New World of Proton Treatment

August 12, 2011


Reading about the technology and buzz behind proton treatment reminds me a lot about the scene from It’s a Wonderful Life when Jimmy Stewart’s character is offered an exciting new job—‘in at the ground floor with plastics’.  At the time, it was a new industry and people had no way of knowing how ubiquitous plastics […]