In case you missed it, the results of the 2014 Health Facilities Management and ASHE Health Facility Survey are out.
And it’s not surprising that 91% of those who responded said that enhancing operational efficiencies is the top factor driving change in healthcare facility design (a new question on this year's survey). This, of course, is being influenced by the Affordable Care Act’s emphasis on reducing costs.
Number two on the list is improving patient and caregiver safety. Which is also being driven by recent government initiatives to reduce hospital associated infections and medical errors.
Improving patient satisfaction comes in at number three — pushed by increased competition for customers and satisfaction scores’ impact on reimbursement.
This all follows on the heels of last year's survey, in which the key finding was that 51% reported strategizing with senior leaders about potential changes needed to existing facilities in response to health reform legislation. But this year, there seems to be less uncertainty as to where things are headed -- which is what people I spoke with at the Healthcare Design conference a few weeks ago said, too.
Healthcare Facility Design and Operations
What about healthcare facility design and operations? Well, 50% or more of respondents reported they’d be placing more emphasis on these types of features:
- Noise reduction materials (71%)
- Footprint for optimal energy efficiency (71%)
- Daylighting and lighting control systems (69%)
- Automated check-in (69%)
- Standardization of supplies and equipment (63%)
- Reduction of non-revenue generating space (57%)
- Advanced waste management and recycling (54%)
- Family/social spaces on every floor (52%)
- Use of modular construction (51%)
There’s all sorts of interesting facts and figures in the article published in the October issue of HFM. Definitely worth the read.
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