In the modern healthcare environment, both IDNs and hospital systems strive for a few things in particular: improved quality of care; outstanding patient satisfaction, growing capacity meant to provide better integrated healthcare, and cutting costs. Because of this, it is likely that healthcare facility expansions or new construction are likely an option for you, whether now or in the near future—which means forward thinking and planning leads will be needed.
In an age when continued growth and profitability for healthcare systems requires them to spread their footprint outside of their acute care setting, the building or acquisition of non-acute care facilities is only going to increase. Which means the management of those equipment assets increases as well. For the Biomed team tasked to oversee these facilities, as well as their own acute care setting, this poses operational challenges that can tax an already stretched department.
Building a healthcare facility takes time and money. But careful planning by the right team with the right tools can provide savings to both.
As medical technology grows more complex, so does the planning and building of a medical facility. That's why persons involved in medical facility and equipment planning can benefit from the building information modeling (BIM) program.
As indicated in this healthcare design article, when planning a new medical facility, it's important that equipment planning is considered at an early stage. This is necessary so that the planner can work together with the architect, interior designer and space planner to ensure that the right equipment is specified and adequate space is provided for the equipment, the medical staff who will operate the equipment and the patients who will be at the center of it all.