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Federal Cuts Menace Rural Healthcare Gains

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Whats in store for healthcare in America? This multi-billion dollar question affects us all differently; depending, among other things, on location. Rural health initiatives have seen a lot of attention in recent years, for example, with a lot of excitement around the rise of Critical Access Hospitals. In 2010, the federal government promised $11 billion [...]

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 [...]

Pedaling to Greatness: Bike to Work Day 2011

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Remember Fort Collins Bike to Work Day? Weve been reminiscing about the June 22nd event and have come to the conclusion that we dont really need bells and whistles to get us in the saddle. Its just a lot of fun to spice up the commute every once in a while! This year included stations [...]

Collaboratively Designing for Health: An Interview with Dana Ragouzeos, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic

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Patient-centered. Active. Human-centered. Evidence-based. Experience-based. What do they all these design principles have in common? People. More specifically, users of a tool or environment who should hold center stage in the design process. For some, such an argument is core to their work. For others, it is tempting to consider these design trends to be [...]

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 [...]

Designing for Health in the Tweetscape: Highlights from #RethinkArch

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Recently, Aaron Sklar from design powerhouse IDEO lead the latest latest installment of Neenans ongoing #RethinkArch conversation on Twitter about how design can make us healthier in the workplace. Sklar is in the thick of looking at how behavioral change and design converge for wellness. IDEOs Change (+) initiative has identified that, We see a [...]

The Active Design Challenge

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We talk a lot on this blog about healthcare; not just because medical facilities are such a professionally satisfying element of Neenans portfolio, but because were excited and inspired by the way that good design, across any programmatic use, can make us stronger and happier people. There are too many examples of well-intentioned building styles [...]

LEAN vs NEAT

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The management and production techniques and principles grounding a Lean approach are popular among people trying to run big organizations, like factories or hospitals. Lean principles originally came to light at Toyota in the 1980s and turned that company around. Running and designing ‘lean’ has a lot to do with crafting efficiencies and streamlining wasteful [...]

Join the Conversation! Green and Active #RethinkArch

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Last year, over the course of our #RethinkArch and #RethinkGreen Twitter conversation series, we had the great delight of meeting a growing community of individuals concerned with green design, materials and practices. Last month, we hosted our first conversation of the year on the topic of active design. We had a wonderful discussion about how [...]