The coronavirus pandemic forced healthcare to change and adapt in a short amount of time, and now organizations are evaluating what should stick around and what will help improve patient experience and keep them profitable going forward.
In an article focused on these opportunities, our Abbie Clary spoke on three things she believes are likely to become more prevalent in healthcare facilities in the future.
- Flexibility and the ability of facilities to adapt easily to changing patient populations or infection control measures has proven valuable, such as with The University of Kansas Health System’s Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health Hospital and its ability to shrink or expand unit sizes.
- There is more interest in alternate ways of delivery models, such as Integrated Project Delivery, Progressive Design-Build or using prefabrication or modular design. Modular design in particular accelerated the timeline for one of our projects, the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Restorative Care Village, which provides healthcare, housing and social services for the unhoused population.
- Telehealth will continue to be utilized, and may help certain healthcare systems expand their patient population outside their normal geographical catchment area.