Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) healthcare design is going through a complete revolution. Overall patient experience is given more priority. Sara Marberry, a renowned thought strategist in the healthcare industry, has some amazing thoughts to share regarding the other upcoming trends influencing the healthcare design sector.

Accountability The days of hospitals mooching off the Medicare system are numbered. Government reimbursements are now tied to patient satisfaction and readmission rates. For instance, 721 American hospitals with the highest rates of infections and injuries didn’t receive Medicare payments.

mHealth Mobile health solutions are in. Technology is playing an increased role in consumer healthcare. We see the rise in use of smart phones and other monitoring devices, which are being hailed for changing how and where care is delivered.

Aging Population Advances Accessible and efficient healthcare is resulting in people living longer… and unfortunately, with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart failure, etc.  These ailments have to be managed efficiently and cost effectively at work, home, or in a residential care facility.

Safety Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a huge concern for providers. Implementing safety controls to manage germs effectively via smart patient room design is very high on the to-do list of all hospitals.

Climate Change Yes, you read right! Natural disasters like earthquake and floods are a fact of life. Pollution causes illnesses. Ms. Marberry insists that the healthcare industry is morally responsible for embracing environmental responsibility. Building structures that are more operationally efficient and sustainable can result in increased cost savings. (image via Shutterstock)

Source: Sara Marberry | 5 Trends Influencing Healthcare Design Besides the ACA | May 1, 2015

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