Global trends indicate that healthcare facilities are being designed and planned to prevent and treat communicable and non-communicable diseases.
What will healthcare facilities look like in the future?
Buildings and the equipment within designed with patient welfare, efficiency and health security systems, change the perceptions of what healthcare is. The future hospitals, theatre rooms and even doctors rooms will be constructed differently.
Incorporating building management systems such as access control, HVAC and furniture fittings are beneficial for the following reasons:
- Control separate areas of the building such as operating theatres from the offices
- Control temperature, fluctuations in temperatures can endanger patients
- Control air handling units, chillers and other ventilation equipment the smart way
- Control service and maintenance of the healthcare structure or equipment with ease
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning products can impact the health of the people inside. Healthcare materials and technologies used with nature, natural sunlight and good clean fresh air produces positive health outcomes and is accessible to all.
Prevent a sick building with care for the HVAC
- Upgrade air filters
- Clean evaporator and condenser coils
- Check refrigerant levels
- Check electrical connections
- Check belts and other moving parts for signs of wear
- Calibrate thermostats and humidistats
- Clean drain lines and drip pans
Artificial intelligence and machine learning offer new and better ways to identify disease, diagnose conditions, monitor health epidemics and integrate patient data with treatment plans. Leaning on artificial intelligence algorithms and machine learning tools to process big data can predict the probability of conditions to help doctors provide a diagnosis and healthcare. Big data and wearable devices can be exported before a patient sees the doctor, eliminating the need for waiting rooms.
Future hospital equipment and product materials have antiseptic properties, flexible anti-bacterial touchscreens and can even be incorporated to the patient’s bed for control and monitoring purposes.
Operating theatres in the future may be run by robotic devices and equipment. Larger equipment such as CT scans will be so small they would fit in the operating room.
Jerry Ong, the architect to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital developed a concept,
Better healthcare experience with architecture, Hospital in a garden.
Ong’s idea to build the hospital between two parks and create a large entrance garden drew in nature and created a facility that heals with nature. Using a water feature, light, natural ventilation and an urban farm the building provided a relaxing environment to the users, one where your blood pressure would drop when you arrive.
Designing and planning healthcare buildings with integrated engineering can prevent, diagnose, treat and manage illnesses and improve the preservation and improvement of physical and mental health.