30 Years of Healthcare Trends

By Jeff Baker, posted on January 28, 2020

We often talk about the fast pace of change in healthcare architecture. Both on the facility design and clinical side, change is ever-present.

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Patient experience practices and standards change quickly—but the trends themselves don’t. Over the last 30 years, trends in patient experience have remained consistent, and healthcare providers have continued to chip away at realizing the end goals those trends represent. The PlaneTree model is one great example, adopted increasingly since the 1980s. Another is the architectural focus on Evidence-Based Design, which guides new construction and renovation toward an environment that reduces inpatient time and promotes better outcomes. The national effort to decrease Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) is another crucial trend that hasn’t changed, and in the future, even more healthcare facilities will implement design and construction practices that improve patients’ safety. Dive into a more in-depth discussion of these trends at the link.
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