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● Industry Watch HOSPITALS Five trends for the patient room of the future

By Andrew Quirk, senior vice president & national director, Healthcare Center of Excellence, Skanska USA NXT Health, a non-profi t that promotes change in the

healthcare industry through sponsorship of design innova- tion, is the creator of the next-generation hospital room dubbed “Patient Room 2020.” T is interactive room is designed as an inpatient care environment that strives to improve patient experiences and optimize caregiver per- formance. NXT Health worked with more than 35 product and

service partners. We’re honored to have been one of those partners, providing the project management, permitting and construction estimates for the project. From the in- novative designs of lighting experts, software developers, specialty glass manufacturers and custom fabricators, the Patient Room 2020 was built into a 400-square-foot pro- totype and is on display at DuPont’s Corian Design Studio in New York City. We think this prototype shows at least fi ve important

trends that will infl uence inpatient rooms of the future. 1. Blending technology seamlessly: T is prototype has what is called a “patient ribbon,” an overhead canopy above the patient’s bed that incorporates life controls, an HVAC diff user, lighting, audio controls and a color halo. “Each part of that ribbon has been rethought to house as much technology as possible,” says Christopher Whitelaw, director of research and development at Evans and Paul, a partner in the Corian Design Studio and lead fabricator in Patient Room 2020. David Ruthven, principal designer of Patient Room 2020, calls this feature his “Swiss Army Knife.” It also addresses the ability to change along with the sea of changes coming as a result of the Aff ordable Care Act (ACA) without the need for major changes to the built environment. As an example, the ribbon facilitates the growing use of telemedi- cine. 2. Providing the patient easy access to information and controls: A solid aluminum frame mounted on wheels combines two ubiquitous elements: an over-bed table and a touchscreen tablet to form a single piece of mobile furniture that could be utilized in a wide range of healthcare settings.

Patient engagement takes a new spin at Miami Children’s Hospital

MOBILE APPS Marking an industry fi rst for children’s hospitals, the

Fit4KidsCare app at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) now off ers families the ability to order gift shop items, such as toys or cards, from a mobile device and have them delivered to patients in-room within minutes. MCH used the AnyPres- ence solution for mobile app development to add the new capabilities to its existing app and can use the technology to develop new apps. AnyPresence off ers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy back-end servers, native iOS, native Android and HTML5 mobile apps without being

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locked into any single platform. T e solution also provides pre-assembled mobile app templates. T e Fit4KidsCare gift store app also includes


a Web-based administrative portal for hospital staff to manage the product catalog, process orders, send automated email notifi cations and perform HIPAA-compliant patient lookups against a Cerner EMR system, all powered by an enterprise-class backend-as-a- service off ering from AnyPresence. Learn more at


The hybrid tabletop provides room to eat on one side and a table on the other side, allowing the patient to access educational content, social networks and control of the tempera- ture, audio and lighting in the room. 3. Having a better bathroom: T e proto- type has an adaptable bathroom concept that features a sliding door system that can be reconfi gured based on care needs. If a pa- tient needs assistance in the bathroom, the expandable door will make the bathroom area larger to accommodate an assistant. 4. Improving safety via the caregiver station: Imagine a workstation featuring integrated hand-washing indicator lights and concealed accessories. T e integrated LED light illuminates the sink in color: red if you have not washed your hands well and green if you have. 5. Creating a mobile caregiver hub: Caregivers have the fl exibility to move around with a deployable bedside work area with embedded technology, simulated UV light sanitization and wireless device charging stations. T e project serves as an example of what design can do to address the complex challenges that face modern healthcare delivery. T is eff ort was specifi cally for a pa- tient room, but the reality is that many of the ideas can fi nd their way into the outpatient setting and even into your home.


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