First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I hope you've enjoyed my weekly posts about healthcare design, plus a few about social media and marketing.
But in case you missed a few (or want to read them again!), here are my top 10 most read posts in 2015. Happy New Year!
10. What to Attend at the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference
Wondering which sessions you should go to at the Healthcare Design Conference next week? If you’re registered for the event, you’ve probably already signed up for educational sessions. But who says you can’t change your mind once you’re there? People always “session-hop” anyway. More >>
9. The Future of Healthcare Design is You
Usually when I explore the future of healthcare design, I look at the trends influencing that future. Things like Obamacare, mHealth, and aging Baby Boomers. But what about the healthcare designers themselves? How is their thinking being shaped and changed to explore and embrace new ideas and concepts? More >>
8. What’s the Role of the Healthcare Environment in the Patient Experience?
The design of the healthcare environment is under attack again — this time by a couple of academics that studied whether improving the patient experience has any impact on readmission rates. In an article published last week in the Harvard Business Review online, Management Science Professors Claire Senot and Aravind Chandrasekaran assert that amenities such as health spas, stone fireplaces, and five-star restaurant chefs have little or no impact on the patient experience as measured by HCAHPS surveys. More>>
7. What New Healthcare Products Did You See at Neocon?
Judging by the long line at the Starbucks on the second floor of The Merchandise Mart this past Monday, I’d say that traffic was up at Neocon this year. And while the focus of the biggest contract furnishings trade show in the U.S. is on office design, there’s plenty to see if you’re only interested in healthcare products. Oh, and if you want to, you can go to some educational sessions and pick up some CEUs. But most people come to Neocon to see products. More >>
6. Catching Up With Healthcare Architect Derek Parker
Healthcare architect Derek Parker always sat quietly at The Center for Health Design’s board meetings, purposefully doodling while listening to the others talk. At the end of the day, when he’d casually raise his hand to speak, everyone would immediately fall silent. More >>
5. How to Get Started Blogging About Healthcare Design
Why aren’t there more people blogging about healthcare design? Besides the editors and contributors at Healthcare Design, a few architecture and design firms, and handful of product manufacturers, there just aren’t that many. More >>
4. What Patients Want
Are you thinking about what patients want and how that translates into facility design?
Then you should read CADRE’s recent report, “Clinic 20xx: Designing for an Ever-Changing Present.” Sponsored by JE Dunn Construction and HKS, it’s an excellent piece of research. More >>
3. Not Ready to Retire: Active Aging on Campus an Intriguing Model
Isn’t that what all of us want to do if we’re able? Baby Boomers especially — those of us who can afford it want to live in communities that offer more choices and support the active, mobile lifestyles we are used to. And that may or may not be the places we’re currently living in. More >>
2. All You Ever Wanted (or Needed) to Know About Nurses as Leaders in Healthcare Design
What value does the clinician bring to the planning and design of healthcare facilities? Experience. Empathy. Operational focus. A voice for patients and colleagues. And so much more, according to the members of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design (NIHD), which in partnership with Herman Miller Healthcare has just published a terrific book titled, Nurses as Leaders in Healthcare Design: A Resource for Nurses and Interprofessional Partners. More>>
1. Ripped from the Headlines: Hospital Design Doesn’t Matter
News flash: communication with providers is what matters most to patients. The design of the hospital environment matters little to them. Investing in brand new fancy hospitals is a waste of money. Or so concluded most of the mainstream media that reported on the study published by Johns Hopkins researchers last week. More>>
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