Within its cover story on the rise of smart hospitals and the rise of technology used in healthcare delivery, our Carlos Amato, Principal in our Los Angeles office, offered ways this future can shape the patient experience. Two of these include:
- Patient safety: The investment in this technology can be a big initial cost, but pays off in reducing falls and readmissions for hospital-acquired infections.
- Use of robotics: Some hospitals, including Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, are using automated guided vehicles to efficiently deliver supplies throughout large facilities to streamline operations.
Also featured are our Yogesh Jog and Prithi Pendharkar in our Mumbai office, where they share how they implement our Living-Centered Design approach, particularly as healthcare design continues to evolve quickly worldwide. Here is an excerpt:
How does CannonDesign interpret healthcare design in the Indian context?
Yogesh Jog: There are certain practices that any good healthcare design firm employs on projects. Beyond these best practices, the key to understanding the needs of healthcare architecture is to really understand context and community. We designed the Tata Medical Centre in Kolkata to be completely calibrated to the local context, both in material usage as well as the way we oriented the building to capture prevailing winds and bring fresh air into some of the waiting and patient areas. A double-walled system protects the south and west sides of the building, and deeply recessed windows reduce glare as well as protect the interiors during rainstorms.
We also designed the Centre to align with the important role family plays in the healing process. Waiting rooms are significantly larger to accommodate extended families who stay for long periods of time. With the goal of creating a reassuring, comforting and memorable place, we incorporated a variety of gardens. Thoughtful design features were included to respond to the cultural as well as contextual needs of the facility and the end user. One such feature is the provision of a shadow box at strategic locations in the curtainwall system to ensure patient privacy, while also maintaining the continuity of the exterior glazing.
Find the full pieces in the issue here.