If you've been on vacation the last few weeks, you may not have kept up with some of the news. PayPal is working on a way for people to make electronic payments from space. Walgreens is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield to educate the public about health exchanges. And Justin Bieber committed yet another faux pas when he stepped on the Blackhawks logo while in the locker room taking a picture of the Stanley Cup.
As you might have guessed, the only one of these news items that is even remotely related to healthcare design is the one about Walgreens and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
But, wait -- making electronic payments from space undoubtedly means that someday, space travel and maybe even living in space will be a reality. Which also means we'll need to design a different type of satellite clinic.
Perhaps Walgreens will be the first to develop a clinic in outer space. The company's current slogan, "At the corner of healthy and happy" may have to be changed if this happens because I don't think there are corners in outer space.
Anyway, here's 5 other stories I posted in the past week or so that relate to healthcare design:
- Most beautiful hospitals. Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton, PA, tops the list compiled by Soliant, a healthcare staffing company. But they don't show us any pictures, though, so how can we believe them?
- Hospitals work to prevent falls. This well-researched article in Hospitals & Health Networks included everything but missed a critical thing -- the design of the built environment. Boo.
- Fort Belvoir Community Hospital two years later. Operating more like a clinic than a hospital, the facility design supports a new model of care for the military.
- Alarm fatigue. The media is working overtime on this issue. Lots of articles about how noise from alarms is alarming -- and harming patients.
- There's an app for that. An astonishing 90 percent of chronic patients in the U.S. want their doctors to prescribe apps, as opposed to 66% who would accept medications. Technology is truly revolutionizing how and where we get our healthcare.
- Bonus. Dear Speaker, I Loathe You. For anyone who's ever been a conference speaker, some words of advice from a meeting planner. Stuff your mama probably taught you but you forgot.
That's it. Oh, and I'm taking a short break, so no blog posts next week.
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