The July/August issue of Medical Construction & Design features an article from our Health Practice Leader Michael Pukszta titled, “Power of Integration,” that discusses several trends influencing integration in healthcare design, and how they can be leveraged as key drivers to success.
Pukszta focused on four specific integration strategies that can positively influence a health system’s patients, staff and business:
- Create one-stop destinations for healthcare
- Technology integration for patient experience
- Integrate with other institutions to accelerate medical discovery
- Welcome ideas from new places
Here’s a brief excerpt:
While change is constant in the world of healthcare, systems and providers appear unwaveringly committed to advancing integrated solutions and spaces into the future. Interestingly, integration can have multiple meanings – from consolidating services, leveraging resources in new ways, or seeking new partnerships entirely. As internal and external pressures push healthcare to do more with less, drive measureable outcomes, and forge multi-disciplinary futures, it’s become clear that leaders see “integration” as a key path to success.
As these leaders look to advance integration in their strategic and master plans, it’s important they don’t just approach it as a broad strategy. There are myriad ways a healthcare system can be more integrated, and bringing razor-like focus to these approaches is key to driving truly meaningful outcomes. Adding physician practices, infusing technology, joining forces with teaching and research institutions – all of these are forms of integration, but every healthcare system requires its own unique solution.