Design Trends in Medical Architecture (Part 2)

OVERVIEW

The hospitals of old aren’t exactly famous for their comfort or their aesthetically pleasing appearance.

However, as technology advances and generations begin to live longer, we’re seeing distinct changes in medical facility construction and design to accommodate new needs.

New focuses on sustainability, comfort and aesthetics are becoming the new normal as we change the way we view hospital design.

Here are some of the top healthcare construction and design trends you can expect to see in the near future.

TELEMEDICINE

The use of virtual visits are quickly becoming a norm wherein healthcare workers can meet with patients online instead of requiring patients to come into the physical hospital.

This helps relieve crowded waiting rooms, puts patients more at ease, and helps save time for everybody.

The ability for patients to connect with their doctors without having to actually travel to a physical location helps to ensure that a medical facility can better focus on their long-term patients and reduces hospital crowding.

PRIVATE WAITING AREAS

It’s not just the patient rooms that are getting upgraded in 2020. The use of high-backed chairs, more spread out seating, and multiple sitting areas allows visitors to feel more comfortable while they’re waiting.

It gives much-appreciated privacy to visitors to help reduce anxiety and ensure comfort for those who have to wait for long periods of time.

These sitting areas are often even equipped with charging stations so that family members can have continued access to their devices as they wait.

SUSTAINABILITY

The world is changing, which is leading the healthcare industry to change how it views their facilities.

Using eco-friendly materials is becoming more common during the construction phase, but finding ways to conserve water and power in a building as large as a hospital is also important.

CUSTOMIZED PATIENT CARE FACILITIES

An emphasis on personalization is becoming common in both hospital design and treatment.

Hospitals have begun to plan their design to partially reflect their region to make the space more inviting and comfortable.

Using ocean imagery for coastal facilities is just one example of adapting hospital design to showcase that region.

Going beyond aesthetics, many hospitals have also begun offering regional food options so that patients have something familiar they can enjoy.

By offering customized food options or taking time to note each patient’s favorite food items, hospitals are able to put patients more at ease, especially in long-term care.