Five HKS Design Leaders to Speak at 2021 HCD Healthcare Design Expo

HKS’ health care design and research teams will present on the latest trends in health care at the HCD Healthcare Design conference, taking place from Saturday, October 23, to Tuesday, October 26 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 2020 conference was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s conference will be in person at the Huntington Convention Center, with more than 100 sessions on research, trends, and strategies within the health care design industry.

Preview the sessions featuring HKS below.

Thinking Outside the Cube: Balancing Your Real Estate Portfolio: Sunday, October 24, at 9:45 a.m. CST

HKS Speaker: Steven Stroman, Regional Director for Health Interiors

With current pressures from the pandemic, and ongoing needs for many health systems to continually examine their physical footprint and maintain their mission, many health systems are attempting new ways of working—at home, in the office, and in hybrid environments. In this session, you will hear how to balance these opposing goals, and still provide space that meets the mission of the organization. Specific examples, case studies, and design applications will be presented, including approaches for health and well-being in the workplace, and at home.

Clinic 20XX: Future Casting in an Ever-Changing Present, from the Physician and Patient Perspective – Sunday, October 24, at 2:30 p.m.

HKS Speakers: Health Research Lead Deborah Wingler and Director of Research Upali Nanda

Primary care forms the foundation of any robust health care system. Over the last decade, primary care has been poised for disruption, and during the pandemic, telehealth was the one trend that leapfrogged ahead of all others and was truly brought to test. What will this mean for clinic design going forward? This presentation will compare patient and physician preferences in 2015 to preferences in 2021 and contrast the different age cohorts for patients. Findings are translated to implications for rethinking the clinic experience—in both the cloudprint and the footprint – that defines the hybrid area health design is now navigating.

From Research to Reality: Using Field Research to Inform Design and Improve Outcomes – Monday, October 25, at 3:30 p.m. CST

HKS Speakers: Director of Research Upali Nanda and Sr. Medical Planner Camilla Moretti

The ProMedica Toledo Hospital’s 756,600-square-foot, 13-story, 309-bed inpatient replacement tower is a Touchstone Award-winning project with several goals: minimize waste, maximize efficiency, optimize functional performance, and improve safety and quality. The foundation of the unit design was laid by identifying key performance indicators, conducting a systematic design diagnostic (including parametric analysis of visibility, behavior mapping, interviews, and surveys), evidence review, and full-scale mock-ups. This team will share the integrated research-based design process and the outcomes of a study one year after occupancy, to assess strategies that were most effective in achieving clearly defined performance targets as well as learning opportunities.

Effort vs. Impact: The ROI of Flexible Design – Monday, October 25, at 3:30 p.m.

HKS Speaker: Senior Medical Planner Kate Renner

Health care facilities that are designed with flexible attributes, including versatility, modifiability, convertibility, and scalability, can more readily adapt, maximizing the value of the investment in the facility over time.  In this roundtable discussion, a case study will be shared to identify and describe the specific design elements implemented for each attribute of flexibility. The conversation will identify how these attributes have been leveraged to enable adaptation for both short- and long-term care delivery scenarios. The effort vs impact of designing for flexibility should inform what value health care organizations receive from investing in flexibility and, ultimately, whether these investments are worth it.