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Transforming Healthcare through Design

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The importance of good design to good health cannot be overstated. The designed environment and the products that populate it affect every part of life. Ergonomic interactions between our musculature and space or the chemical compositions of the air we breathe are just the beginning. Design also has a primary role in how information is [...]

Holla for Rolla: Lean Healthcare Makes Some Noise

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In 2009, the St. Johns Clinic in Rolla, MO launched their new state of the art facility designed and built by The Neenan Company. The goal of the building was to take full advantage of the rapid advancement in medical management technology including fully integrated electronic health records. The facility would be designed with Lean [...]

Who is Responsible for Privacy in the Age of Health Information Technology?

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Last month we assembled a panel to envision healthcare in 2050. Many participants were enthusiastic about data technologies of various stripes. Devices that track vitals for individualized and participatory healthcare were lauded, as were communication tools for removing collaborative barriers in healthcare organizational structures. On the other hand, one commenter raised the issue of medical [...]

Closing the Digital Divide for Rural Healthcare

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If youre reading this blog, its likely that you have reliable broadband access and have used the internet to store and transfer personal information. Youre part of a constantly growing ethereal urban-type community that brings people and information together. Every year policy frameworks and societal expectations are united even more strongly with the world of [...]

Healthcare 2050: Envisioning the Next 40 Years of Design Improvement

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Healthcare in the United States is in a period of flux. New national policies meet ever new technologies. Hospitals deploy efficiency lessons from the automotive and aviation industries alongside design lessons from the hospitality sector. Meanwhile, interactive tools create whole new levels of individual control and patient engagement. With all these changes, we asked a [...]

Home sweet medical home?

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One of the most discussed concepts to come out of the national healthcare reform legislation of 2010 is the medical home. Conceptually, a medical home is when one patient working with their primary care provider can access the information and referrals required to meet all of their healthcare needs. There has been a lot written [...]

Health @ Home: How telemedicine can empower health

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At the end of the last post, we asked ‘how is telemedicine transforming healthcare? The answer is, basically, in many ways. Some of these are simple and others, much more profound. In this post, we look at health @ home, and the emergence of mobile health and its relevance to self care. Many telemedicine innovations [...]

The Evolution of Space: Where are we headed?

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They exist in our homes. Our schools. Our clinics. Our neighborhoods. Empty lots. Empty corridors or rooms. Many times, empty buildings. But always they are outcomes of changing ideas about space, work, people and the economy. As the nation endeavors to rethink the ways in which it is organized from the room level to the [...]

St John's Clinic-Rolla: Ambulatory Healthcare Facility of the Future!

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Imagine what life would be like if your doctors, pharmacists and care centers went digital. Medications, diagnoses and visit notes would instantly be available to health professionals making it easy to cross-reference a medical history. Paper prescriptions and heavy, bulging files would be artifacts of a past where patients waited for test results. Prescriptions could [...]