Proper Room De­sign Can Op­ti­mize Work­flow and Im­prove Pa­tient Care

Modern Healthcare - - PERSPECTIVES -

As the health­care in­dus­try un­der­goes sig­nif­i­cant change brought on by new leg­is­la­tion, in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies and chang­ing pa­tient de­mo­graph­ics, many health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions are look­ing to im­prove work­flow and more ef­fec­tively move pa­tients through the clin­i­cal space.

Berke­ley, Calif.-based Life­Long Med­i­cal Care is one of the or­ga­ni­za­tions fac­ing this chal­lenge, and the group em­barked on an am­bi­tious re­design of its East Oak­land Health Cen­ter clinic in an ef­fort to in­crease work­flow and more ef­fec­tively move pa­tients through the limited space of the his­toric fa­cil­ity.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion worked with Mid­mark Cor­po­ra­tion, a lead­ing med­i­cal so­lu­tions provider for am­bu­la­tory care, early in the ren­o­va­tion process to eval­u­ate the im­pact of dif­fer­ent equip­ment and lay­outs.

“We had a vi­sion of where we wanted our fa­cil­ity to go: flex­i­bil­ity, work­flow and provider safety were ma­jor themes we wanted to in­cor­po­rate,” said Dr. Ed­win Mu­nich, med­i­cal direc­tor for health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, Life­Long Med­i­cal Care.

As a re­sult of this part­ner­ship, Life­Long Med­i­cal Care now has a proven blue­print for ex­ist­ing and new fa­cil­i­ties to en­sure exam room stan­dard­iza­tion through­out the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Read “Designing for Pa­tient Care” to learn how the com­bi­na­tion of proper equip­ment and exam room work­flows can help im­prove ef­fi­ciency and, ul­ti­mately, pa­tient care.

“We had a vi­sion of where we wanted our fa­cil­ity to go: flex­i­bil­ity, work­flow and provider safety were ma­jor themes we wanted to in­cor­po­rate.”

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