Healthcare facility construction is influenced by a number of factors, ranging from development costs to the level of potential patient comfort. Healthcare architecture firms, Simone Health, implements their knowledge surrounding the development of healthcare facilities to share five factors shaping healthcare facilities construction in the United States.
Simone Health Development Companies is a full-service real estate investment company specializing in the acquisition and development of office, retail, industrial, and healthcare properties in the New York tri-state area. Headquartered in the Bronx, the privately held company owns and manages more than five million square feet of property in the Bronx, Westchester County, Queens, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey.
1. Integrated Approach: Need for Multi-Use Facilities. Multi-use facilities are becoming increasingly popular in the healthcare community because of their ability to offer more flexible and personalized patient care. The importance of quality patient care has become more prioritized and some small-scale centers offer a level of care, comfort, and convenience often missing when it comes to major healthcare facilities.
2. Increase Technology: Must be Used to Its Full Potential. The implementation of increased health IT resources can drastically improve the quality of care that is delivered by health experts. When constructing healthcare facilities, updated technology must be used to its full potential. Providing accurate patient records in a shorter amount of time allows doctors and other caretakers to better understand patient needs and can lead to faster diagnosis and treatment.
3. Sustainability. Healthcare facilities use large amounts of energy and resources in order to maintain function and operate smoothly. The construction of healthcare facilities that keep maintainable and green options in mind promotes cost-savings, sustainability, and long-term value.
4. Costs. Healthcare facilities construction is driven by costs and cost-saving techniques. The right approach when it comes to the planning and design of a healthcare facility can lower the overall costs of construction. Decisions such as the prefabrication of buildings is essential for producing a cost-effective building design.
5. Modular and Prefab Options: Help Plan for Growth. Modular construction options consist of using repeated prefabricated structures. The pieces are constructed remotely and then assembled on-site, using a factory-like manufacturing technique to make the sections of the building in half the usual time. Modular and prefabricated buildings also offer a cost-effective option for construction that will ultimately promote a plan for facility growth.
Earlier in 2019, Simone Health shared three trends it has observed in healthcare affecting facility management, along with thoughts on mixed-use healthcare facilities.