What kind of turn has healthcare design taken?

A lot has changed in healthcare policy over the past five years. But has it impacted healthcare design trends? We evaluated a 2011 article exploring five trends shaping healthcare design – and predicted what’s to come in 2016.

Residential warmth: Five years ago, the notion of moving away from traditional clinical designs in favor of what is more familiar to patients was still taking foot. Now, it’s become the norm. What’s next? Check out our article about “hygge,” the Danish cultural tradition that’s making its way into wellness environments.

Personalized patient rooms: Design forecasters were right on the mark in their predictions for more patient-centered spaces. “Personalizing the patient experience in this way not only reinforces a patient-centered care model, but it also can turn an overwhelming clinical environment into a relaxing one – neutralizing the negative effects of stress and anxiety,” reported Healthcare Design. What’s next? Check out our article on salutogenic design for a glimpse into proactive healthcare design.

Perfect proportions: In the face of compromised square footage, facilities still scramble to utilize space and create a comforting, personalized patient environment. This year’s Healthcare Design Expo certainly revealed that there is still value in versatile, multi-use equipment that can save space when it’s at a premium. What’s next? Patient mock-up rooms allow you to test a space and its impact before making final decisions about design.

Infection control: The 2015 Ebola outbreak crisis has put infection control at the forefront of concerns again, further showcasing the need for antimicrobial hospital furniture and building materials such as countertops and flooring. What’s next? Advanced technology allowing for sophisticated systems that alert and update staff about outbreaks.

Bariatric care: Implementing furniture and design solutions that accommodate the needs of bariatric patients continues to gain importance in the healthcare industry. And as healthcare options become more and more flexible and accessible, a new look at patient demographics has emerged. What’s next? Getting to know your demographic to make sure your healthcare clinic can keep up with change.

Check out the original article to see more healthcare predictions of the past.