The healthcare industry (also called the medical industry or health economy) is an aggregation and integration of sectors within the economic system that provides goods and services to treat patients with curative, preventive, rehabilitative, and palliative care.
Health + Wellness in the built environment became clear that additional focus on a collaborative approach to programming, planning and design for more essential than ever to create a successful solution. To date, often health and wellness has been evaluated as a separate component of designed physical environment. However, in utilizing a frame work that evaluates several design considerations, there are many commonalities that also include health and wellness as desired out come when utilizing an evidence-based design approach.
The importance of understanding the research to create innovative design solutions and produce measurable outcome and the need for technology integration – both supporting health and wellness within the built environment. Collaboration to achieve the goal for project, one of the questions was “How do you create delight”. Further, changing the paradigm from traditional medical planning to more creative approaches that better support practitioners, patients and staff in planning the facility including lifestyle, health and well-being.
From the beginning:
The concept of health and well-being has gained traction with in the design community .the goal of this is to focus on human health and well ness , based on a body of medical research that evaluates the connection between the build environment and its impact on occupants In evaluating the seven areas of consideration (air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind)
To evaluate the design consideration right from the beginning of a design process, especially for health care projects this is called “Functional Programming process“ and the design considerations include:
- Establishing the care model and intended care population.
- Sustainability Goals
- Resilience needs based upon region.
- Operational needs, circulation, and service delivery.
- Risk and safety assessments.
- Establishing desired staff, patient, resident and visitor outcomes.
- The environment of care, including evaluating of access to nature and views.
- Health and well -being goals.
- Benchmarking and performance improvement goals.
Raising the Bar
The goal is to meet the basic performance criteria that was established at the beginning of the project process and then complete on going assessments for continual performance improvements.
This establishes a sustainable cycle for not only the physical setting but also for the operations, users’ outcomes, and organisational mission and core values. Health and well-being like other design considerations are directly relevant to the outcome of the user. In health care settings, satisfaction surveys completed by patients, residents and staff are utilised to bench mark performance.
Health care design research allow providers to make better informed decisions that result in measurable positive outcomes.
Interior Design: Expanding roles
In addition to interior designers applying innovation to performance-based project design to raise the bar, it is also time to increase the service opportunities. An overview of the discussion on “how an interior designer broadens their service offering by incorporating health and well-being consulting a value-add proposition, but also keeping in the above aspects in mind while taking up the project. The Interior designer is closest to the spaces, operational flow, utilization of spaces and patient, resident and family needs. The Designer have a tendency to be doing multi-tasking as often conducting workshops and focus groups area natural fit, when engaging multiple departments on discussion of processes, work flow and other detailed information, entire planning and design process as it makes a positive difference in project out comers for the people we serve.
A sustainable society is founded on equal access to health care, nutrition, clean water, shelter, education, energy, economic opportunities and employment. In this ideal society, humans live in harmony with their natural environment, conserving resources not only for their own generation, but also for their children’s children.
Each citizen enjoys a high quality of life and there is social justice for all.