The Hospital of the Future is Not a Hospital

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media , May 30, 2014

Part of that lean attitude means offering customers 3-D modeling that starts with design partners, such as the people who will be staffing the building, to optimize work flow.

Adapting Takes Time
"We can prefab things we couldn't years ago," he says. An example might be a bathroom "pod" that can be built offsite and installed on site. Full exam rooms can be prepared the same way, and models can be constructed to test care protocols with the team that will be working there.

Arndt's customers, he says, can be categorized two ways. Either they're thinking broadly about adapting to the future without knowing exactly what it's going to bring, or they're standing idly on the sideline until they understand better how the PPACA and other drastic changes in how healthcare is provided and paid for will affect their bottom lines.

Neither approach is necessarily better than the other, but waiting just puts off the action that needs to be taken. It can be a prudent approach, but even in healthcare, what works can change quickly. Designing, building, and adapting still takes time.

Don't wait too long.

Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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