Latest trends in the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare industry is regarded as the most underplayed and safe segment in architecture, taking care of technicalities and conforming to the bylaws. The segment has now evolved and is continually growing, as do the needs and requirements. To cater to the ever-growing needs of the sector, following are the latest trends of the industry to make it boom faster and better, landing into a safe and efficient functional space.

Sustainability:

Sustainability should be a part of hospitals’ strategic planning. If not only improves effect on environment but also reduces cost on long term basis. Hospitals make use of a large number of equipment requiring energy and also it has a high air-conditioning load running all the time. Strategic energy planning makes a comprehensive evaluation of the current energy needs, forecasts future energy needs, and identify strategies to include in operations budgets and capital planning. Using high energy star equipment, examining their conditions, and analyzing building energy performances are the key roles. The initiatives like providing extra FSI if the building is gold or platinum certified, act as a motivational measure towards sustainability. Optimizing facility operations can help reduce operating costs, improving the patient experience, and promoting community health. 

Waiting Spaces:

Waiting space is not merely an area in a hospital; it is nowadays given prime importance in planning. The needs and requirements of the visitor differ according to their use and their age group. A healthy visitor might not want to sit alongside a patient having flu, or a patient waiting for dialysis will have different needs as compared to the one for chemotherapy. Each space should be accessible and communicative to the staff. From providing charging stations to interactive displays and reading stands, all engage the visitor to divert their attention from the waiting time. Thus, instead of aligning it all together in one linear segment, their needs should be addressed in a different manner.

Micro hospitals:

Micro hospitals provide facilities similar to larger hospitals in a compact form; from ED, pharmacy to radiology and surgery. This helps in greater convenience and approach to people placed at various locations. It is a 24 x 7 facility, local to communities, reducing the need for travel to larger hospitals outside of patient communities. The concept is new to our country but if adopted, can benefit a huge number of lives.

Biophilic design:

We visit hill stations for its view and greenery, we add gardens to our homes, but why don’t we focus on the necessity of permeating nature in hospitals, knowing the fact that it acts as a natural healer? Designing a hospital in communion with nature is one of the latest trends these days, giving away the conventional closed spaces. The patients are allowed to witness the pure atmosphere with greens, helping them heal faster. The planning and design inculcate this aspect, resulting in a more efficient design.

Prefab Construction:

With the present construction of healthcare projects averaging over four years; by the time a new facility is built, it happens that it is already out of date. Prefab construction can solve this problem and allow for a fast, low-cost, and scalable solution that is of a higher quality than conventional construction.

Healthcare architecture and prefabrication is a perfect pairing. First, healthcare organizations need to standardize building components to reduce variation wherever possible and appropriate. The typical spaces in healthcare facilities can be standardized and defined by exacting codes and operational-oriented parameters. Once the standardization is done, individual parts come together in a modular planning which offers consistent, repeatable elements that can be flexibly adapted and reconfigured for different programming needs and sites. Finally, standardized modular components are prefabricated. Prefabricated components are built off-site at the same time as on-site construction and then assembled on-site. This reduces cost by saving time and the associated general conditions of managing a construction site.

Prefab construction had begun in our country but is still underutilized today. If we can manage to develop this, we can achieve milestones in the healthcare industry.

Modicare impact on heathcare industry:

Earlier this year, the National Health Protection Scheme unveiled a scheme of providing health coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. Since then, it has been in news and is one of the  largest government funded healthcare program in the world.

Healthcare industry is ruled majorly by the private sector. With the private sector, the infrastructure and cost rises and also use of branded medicines comes into place.

Modicare will radically transform the whole healthcare paradigm. It will lure more investments into private healthcare market and drive down cost of treatment at private hospitals. Healthcare providers will move to Tier-3 and Tier-4 towns and expand operations there. It will also provide employment opportunities in these towns. There will be a shift towards use of generics from costly branded drugs.        Our country is growing fast in the healthcare industry. We see new technological advancements and reforms, the latest Modicare taking the country by storm; we can change the face of this sector if we keep on modifying and opting the best for the people.

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